Fitting your panel
Here we look at some of the more technical queries you may have about positioning and fitting your panel as well as listing the safety certificates for our panels.
Positioning your infrared heating panel.
Fitting a heating panel.
Fitting a heating panel in the bathroom.
Positioning your infrared heating panel.
For optimum distribution of infrared rays the heating panel should be fitted in the centre of the room, above seating areas or a number of panels distibuted evenly across the whole area to be heated. Infrared is part of the light spectrum, so we want to bathe our room in light and not cause shadows, if infrared rays cannot reach a certain part of the room because, for example, there is furniture in the way we refer to a shadowing effect.
When fitting your panel on the ceiling, infrared rays travel in an arc to about 45 degrees away from ceiling, so care should be taken not to position the heater too close to the wall, as this will cause the wall to heat up and energy will be wasted. Our small panels should be 50cm away from another wall and our large panel should be 150 cm away from another wall. Infrared rays can travel between 2 and 3 metres depending on the size of your panel.
When fitted on the wall, panels should be high up on the wall, again to avoid any shadowing. Small panels should be more than 100cm above the floor and large panels 200cm above the floor but high up like a picture is best. Please remember panels do become hot when in use, care should be taken not to allow anything or anyone to touch the surface.
For difficult to heat or particularly cold rooms we suggest using a number of smaller panels distributed across the ceiling and having more power wattage than our usual guidelines.
Infrared heaters. Fitting your panel.
Please use a qualified electrician for all your electrical wiring work to the heating panel and programmer.
White standard panels are designed to be fitted either to the wall or ceiling and made from a very lightweight carbon fibre with a small aluminium frame. The bars on the reverse side are for fitting the heater, this also ensures the panel sits slightly away from the wall.
All screws and fixing are supplied with your panel. Simply mark and drill the four holes, insert wall plugs and screws with eye bolts supplied, these ensure about 0.5cm spacing from the ceiling, tighten screws and insert the screws into the mounting profile on the reverse of panel. For suspending the panel from chains or wires we can supply ring fittings.
Glass panels are made from highly polished safety glass, it will have the same bars on the reverse for fitting but there is no visible framework on the front, the panel appears to float on the wall. Again, this panel is only 2.5cm deep from the wall. This panel is more heavy and a suitable secure fixing must be made to take the weight.
Our panels are designed for use in domestic homes or office ceilings, business and workplaces. They do currently come with a European plug which we anticipate will be removed by your electrician as the panel will be hard wired into the electrical circuit and controlled by a programmer or switch. Or, you can simply plug in your heater, by cutting the flex short enough to reach the plug socket but not trail on the floor and fitting a UK plug, you can still use a basic plug in timer.
Panels have reflector technology to ensure heat is generated only from the front of the panel.
Temperature safety controls ensure the panel will not overheat.
Fitting your infrared heating panel in the bathroom.
When a low voltage electrical appliance is used in wet rooms or bathrooms it cannot be placed just anywhere! NEN1010 and IP44 contain a zone classification for this purpose. Infrared panels with internal switching contacts can only be placed in zone 3. In practise this means a distance of over 0.6 meters from a shower cubicle or bath, if placed above a washbasin the distance must be at least 13cm. Ask your electrician about fitting a pull switch or programmer outside the bathroom.
New Building Regulations come into force on 6th April 2013 stating all domestic electrical installations in bathrooms must be done by a qualified electrician.
The programmers we recommend on our website are designed to work with other forms of heating too, and therefore we expect electricians to use common sense to substitute the word boiler or underfloor heating for infrared panel. The instructions enclosed in the programmer box are clear and easy to follow.
For wireless programmers. To ensure power is supplied to the infrared panels as required proceed as follows: Connect a permanent 240 volt mains supply to terminals L and N in the receiver. Connect the infrared panel neutral (blue) wire to the neutral (N) terminal in the receiver. Connect the infrared panel live (brown) wire to the normally open (NO) terminal in the receiver. Connect a permanent link wire between live (L) and common (C) terminals in the receiver. This will ensure that when the receiver switches the power on it will reach the panel.
Please note – Switch contacts alone are volt free and will not therefore supply power directly to the panel.
For installing infrared heaters into a commercial premises where the load is heavier than our programmers are capable of switching it is recommended the panels are wired to a contactor and switched by the thermostat.
All of our infrared heating panels are made in China for the European market and therefore must meet the current high standards set out by the Safety Standards Authority. All our panels have the following safety marks
TUV Rheinland is a global provider of technical, safety and certification services, with the principles of safety and quality in mind. Our panels carry the triangle logo and product safety mark.
CE marking is a mandatory legal conformity requirement for all products sold within the
European Union. The CE marks objective is to ensure only safe, flawless and quality goods are available on the European market.
IP44 Ingress Protection tests are carried out to quantify the levels of safety of a product.
The first number is a test for particles and the second number for water
ingress protection. Our panels are rated a level 4 for protection against dust
particles entering the product and rated 4 for protection against splashing
water. IP44 means the panel can be used in the bathroom or wet room in Zone 3.
NEN1010 This European standard contains safety requirements to low voltage installations in residential, commercial and industrial projects.
EN 60335 2-30:2003+A1+A2 Specification for room heaters.
EN60335 1:2002+A1+A11+A12+A2 Specifications for safety of household and similar appliances.
EN50366 2003+A1 Specifications for household and similar electrical appliances and equipment. Electromagnetic field evaluation.
Please recycle your packaging. Cardboard can be composted, or cardboard and plastics can be taken to your nearest recycling depot or you may have a weekly doorstep collection service. At the end of your heating panels life it too can be recycled please take it to your nearest depot where it will be taken apart and recycled.
Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment. WEEE producer registration number WEE/AK2919VW