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#193364 - 03/29/10 10:45 AM Heat lamp in kitchen island?
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Has anyone seen a heat lamp over a kitchen island or under an upper cabinet? Something like a regular 250w can light.
My wife an I were discussing this and neither of us had ever seen it but it would be handy if you were trying to keep a tray of food warm or for quicker thawing of something frozen.
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#193368 - 03/29/10 12:21 PM Re: Heat lamp in kitchen island? [Re: gfretwell]
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Greg:

With all the 'toys' in the McMansions...no, I have not come accross a heat lamp.

A unit similar to the 'plate warmer' at the serving line in the diners/resturants would work!
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#193370 - 03/29/10 12:41 PM Re: Heat lamp in kitchen island? [Re: HotLine1]
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Greg,
Restaurants over here have used this method to keep food hot after it is served up, ever since I can remember.
I also remember being sent to repair some of these lights one busy night in one of these restaurants and burning my wrist on the stainless counter. eek
Anyhow, I can't say I agree with keeping food hot in this way.


Edited by Trumpy (03/29/10 12:42 PM)
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#193379 - 03/29/10 08:10 PM Re: Heat lamp in kitchen island? [Re: Trumpy]
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I installed a commercial steam table that also equipt with heat lamps in one of our custom homes

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#193422 - 03/31/10 09:14 PM Re: Heat lamp in kitchen island? [Re: Rewire]
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My sister has a range hood over her high end range. It has 2 heat lamps and a warming shelf on it.

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#193435 - 04/01/10 01:54 PM Re: Heat lamp in kitchen island? [Re: WESTUPLACE]
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Greg, a word of warning. Any food placed to keep warm under such a lamp should be consumed within a reasonable period, say 30 minutes from cooking. Warm food can be a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria and a lamp should not be used for defrosting or heating stuff like butter for spreading,[though I guess you never have to do that often in Florida!]. The safe temperature for keeping food warm is 140F [60C] minimum.
BTW, if it gets too hot under a lamp you may damage the worktop, if it's laminate, by 'unsticking' the latex glue or bubbling the top transparent coating.


Edited by Alan Belson (04/01/10 01:55 PM)
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