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Kotatsu Table

I'm working on furniture plans for my new apartment. I want to have a Kotatsu Table in the living room that I can use as a coffee table in the summer. Such a thing doesn't seem to exist in Switzerland despite the cold winters (someone will certainly argue that central heating and down blankets make them unnecessary). They are soooo cozy!

Anyway... I will be looking for a heatlamp to attach to a coffee table. Has anyone else shopped for heatlamps? I just need something low wattage since it will be a confined space. Japan runs on 100V so I can't just order one on ebay. Thanks!

If you're not familiar with the concept:
http://www.jlifeinternational.com/fu...u/zst-2_e.html
http://www.core77.com/blog/object_cu...ables_8837.asp
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I'm working on furniture plans for my new apartment. I want to have a Kotatsu Table in the living room that I can use as a coffee table in the summer. Such a thing doesn't seem to exist in Switzerland despite the cold winters (someone will certainly argue that central heating and down blankets make them unnecessary). They are soooo cozy!

Anyway... I will be looking for a heatlamp to attach to a coffee table. Has anyone else shopped for heatlamps? I just need something low wattage since it will be a confined space. Japan runs on 100V so I can't just order one on ebay. Thanks!

If you're not familiar with the concept:
http://www.jlifeinternational.com/fu...u/zst-2_e.html
http://www.core77.com/blog/object_cu...ables_8837.asp
I spent many years in Japan and houses there never felt warm, and they don't have underfloor heating. The Kotatsu table was great. A good friend had one and I was sure it was just the blanket that was heated (electrically). But maybe I am mistaken. I just know it was nice to sit around at her place.
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Old 12.10.2008, 20:56
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Re: Kotatsu Table

Heat lamps or incandescent heaters are quite popular in places like Spain or Portugal. I have never seen them here in Switzerland.

Oh, by the way, they also have a similar system of heated tables. It is called mesa camilla and are round...
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I'm working on furniture plans for my new apartment. I want to have a Kotatsu Table in the living room that I can use as a coffee table in the summer. Such a thing doesn't seem to exist in Switzerland despite the cold winters (someone will certainly argue that central heating and down blankets make them unnecessary). They are soooo cozy!

Anyway... I will be looking for a heatlamp to attach to a coffee table.
I couldn't imagine adding more heating to my living room, I have a ceiling fan in there which I use more in the winter than I do in the summer (honestly)..!
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Old 12.10.2008, 21:14
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Re: Kotatsu Table

I found a free-standing infrared heat lamp on the German ebay. It is about 150 watts, so that should do nicely. The Japanese heat lamps are 500 watts, and I can understand how that would be necessary in a house that has no heat.

The free-standing lamp will be good because my husband would probably freak-out if I drilled into a new table to attach an electical heating device... and I can move the heater to the bathroom in the morning. I think this is coming together nicely!
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