Why heat lamps?
There are several reasons to consider the addition of a high-quality food heat lamp to your staging areas. The first reason is that the time between when a plate of food is ready and the server is available to deliver it to the table sometimes presents a gap. If food is left without some sort of heat source, meals will get cold by the time they make it to the table. Another reason to add restaurant heat lamps to your location is because you are a quick service location where food is prepped slightly in advance to keep up with the volume of the business. A heat lamp will help keep items hot and delicious through those busy rushes.
This type of solution is not ideal for heating items for long-term periods. It is also not well suited to heat larger surfaced items such as large plates of food. Thanks to their shape, restaurant heat lamps are better suited to heating either smaller items or smaller plates, or regular sized plates for only a few items.
Types of Warmers
There are two main types of infrared heat lamp available and each one has different characteristics worth noting.
Strip warmers are a long strip light which have one or two heating elements and are usually housed in a metal frame body. Many double units feature spaces between the two elements. This serves the purposes of creating a more evenly spread heat source without losing any of the concentration making this type ideal for heating larger items or areas.
The second option is standard bulb operation. This is the type of heat lamp which was once the standard in almost all restaurants. It is still commonly used thanks to the economic aspects. These units offer a great deal of heat without as much of a financial risk. They are great for a range of spaces and areas, and while they offer less of a heat output compared to strips, they are still suitable for short-term heating needs.
It should also be noted that the heat is produced by the wattage. You may find an infrared heat lamp with bulb style that offers comparative wattage over strip models of lesser power. You should also be aware that strip warmers can come in either standard wattage or high wattage models. It is important to know how much wattage you anticipate needing for your location.
When deciding which option is right for you, another factor to consider is the location the lamp will be utilized. For the most part, heat lamps are used in areas such as staging areas for plates ready to serve or carving stations where the food will be directly given to the customer to ensure a hot product is served. Strip lights are generally used more in the back of the house areas where more heat is needed. Of course, the right choice for you will depend on factors such as the size of the products being heated, type of product being heated since some items (French fries, vegetables, and other less dense options) hold heat more easily than items such as casseroles, and other factors unique to your individual location and setup.
Whether you need a bulb or strip unit, we offer a wide range of kitchen heat lamps to choose from to meet your needs. With trusted brands available such as Hatco and APW, rest assured every option is manufactured with the highest standards of quality and performance. Choose from various wattages to find the option with the right output capabilities to keep up with the needs of your operation. With averages of 300 to 400 wattages in most food heat lamps, you get a solution capable of meeting the standards of hot food for a variety of restaurant types. With easy to operate toggle controls, these units are easy for staff to operate quickly and efficiently. The housings are made of durable stainless steel which is easy to care for, as well as capable of withstanding the heating elements output without worry of damage. We also offer food heat lamps with aluminum housings for a more lightweight option. We offer units which can be placed on a stand directly over food, as well as the traditional strips which can be mounted to a wall. In addition to the many strip units, we also offer a selection of heat lamps in bulb form. These kitchen heat lamps can be placed over one large pan or two half sized pans, depending on your setup. Designed to be portable, they can be easily moved to accommodate changing needs for keeping food temporarily at a certain temperature. Regardless of which unit is best suited to your particular operation, most use the technology of infrared lighting to produce the heat output. This feature ensures a high level of heat will be emitted per watt used for a highly efficient solution.
We are honored to be your source for a wide range of necessities for your business. From heat lamps and ovens to refrigeration solutions, we offer a wide selection of the top brands in the business for performance you can count on. If you have any questions while shopping with us, please contact a member of our team for further assistance.
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