161One-Bulb Heater, 250W BR40 Infrared Bulb, Not Type IC

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  • Bulb heaters provide silent warmth in a compact package. Perfect for use as additional spot heating in a larger bathroom so you can locate it wherever you need a little instant warmth.

    • Very low profile, white polymeric grille blends into most ceilings
    • Use 250W BR40-size infrared bulbs (not included) for comfortable heating performance
    • Sturdy steel housing, adjustable mounting brackets with keyhole slots make installation logical and simple. UL listed for safety.
    • Control operation with a choice of wall controls, available separately. 57W, 57V, 59W, 59V, 61W, 61V, 63W, 63V, 64W, 64V, 68W, 68V, 70TW, 71V, 72W, 72V, 269WL, 269VL, DH100W or T24H
    • Ceiling heaters are intended to provide supplemental heat and not to take the place of the home’s main heat source
  • Ceiling InstallationYes
    CFM @ 0.10"N/A
    CFM @ 0.125"N/A
    CFM @ 0.25"N/A
    cUL ListedNo
    Duct DirectionN/A
    Duct SizeN/A
    ENERGY STAR® certified productNo
    Globe ColorN/A
    Grille FinishWhite Polymeric
    Grille Length10-1/4"
    Grille Width10-1/4"
    Heater wattageN/A
    Housing Dimension LxWxH8-3/8" x 8-1/8" x 6"
    Housing Height6"
    Housing Length8-3/8"
    Housing Width8-1/8"
    Humidity SensingYes
    HVI CertifiedYes
    Light Bulb Quantity1
    Light Bulb Wattage250
    Light Bulb(s) IncludedNo
    Lighting TypeInfrared
    Motor engineered for continuous operationNo
    Project PackNo
    Rated Amps2.1
    Rated Sones - VerticalN/A
    Rated Watts250
    UL ListedYes
    Wall InstallationNo
  • 161 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for basement bathroom w/ 120v for light, fan, and additional heat Live in Minnesota. This is the 2nd Model 164 I have installed in basement bathroom. The first was still operating through two cover upgrades 20+ yrs. Replaced when repaired ceiling sheetrock, with new model had bought 2 years prior. Best with 250W BR40 heat bulb..
    Date published: 2017-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for SMALLER bathroom I purchased and installed this heater to replace a Broan 161 single lamp unit with no circulating fan. This one by far exceeds expectations in my situation. The bathroom I installed this in is roughly 65 sq feet. This does a great job in that size of space and does NOT require a dedicated 20A circuit as other larger capacity heaters do. It would not work well in a larger bathroom. I do recommend getting "shatter resistant" lamps for this just in case a lamp breaks. That way you won't have any shattered glass all over the bathroom floor. Lamps purchased separately.
    Date published: 2016-10-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and fairly effective It's not cold yet, so I'll reserve judgment until Winter. This unit is simple and adds heat instantly. Takes the chill out of the air.
    Date published: 2014-08-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from useful for the purpose We installed radiant heat in our house, which is slow to respond, so we wanted a warming light in the bathroom, where we already had a fan. So this worked fine. It doesn't generate a ton of heat, but enough to take the edge off on cold mornings. Of course, those are cold California mornings. If you live someplace really cold, you may need something else.
    Date published: 2012-03-20
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  • LED lamp in older Broan 161

    I wish to have less heat in my bathroom now. Can I replace the heat lamp in there with an LED for light but not heat? What should I buy?
    Asked by: TomRacine
    Thank you for your follow-up question. You can use a regular flood bulb for light instead of a heat lamp bulb. We are not able to recommend a particular LED bulb and do not know if one would work properly. The units have not been tested for use with LED bulbs. We would recommend that you contact our Technical Support with further questions at 800-637-1453.
    Answered by: BroanCustomerService
    Date published: 2017-08-31

    What is the BTU rating, if there is one, for this model?

    Asked by: Alpha
    Typically the 250W bulb is rated at 850btu
    Answered by: tomF
    Date published: 2015-08-08

    When the fan is off and the infrared light is on for a while, the fan starts automatically. Why?

    Asked by: JT
    Thank you for your question on model number 163. This unit has a safety device that will turn the fan on when it detects excessive heat inside the unit housing. When the housing cools down, the fan will turn off. This operation is normal and there should be no cause for concern.
    Answered by: BroanCustomerService
    Date published: 2013-10-23

    Where can I purchase a new motor (#3) for the 161

    Asked by: John
    Thank you for your question on the model 161 single radiant heat lamp. The 161 does not have a motor. Please contact the Technical Service Department at 800-637-1453 for further assistance.
    Answered by: BroanCustomerService
    Date published: 2015-11-12

    Does the fan need to be operational in order to have heat bulb on?

    Asked by: ron
    Thank you for your question on the model 161 single radiant heat lamp. The 161 does not have a fan. Please contact the Technical Service Department at 800-637-1453 for further assistance.
    Answered by: BroanCustomerService
    Date published: 2015-04-20
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