Electric fireplaces have come a long way. A few decades ago, you may have been stuck using an unconvincing artificial log set with some orange lights. Yet today is a different story—enter the Opti-V and Opti-Myst electric fireplaces from Dimplex.
The Dimplex Opti-V just might be the most advanced electric fireplace that exists today, with flames so convincing that many viewers will do a double take. The flames are actually a 3D “holographic” projection of a 45-minute video loop of a real fire. The loop is also synced to an actual audio track of the very same fire, so every crackle and pop you see, you also hear. It may sound cliché, but this electric fireplace is something you really have to see to believe.
The Opti-V is incredibly simple to install, thanks to the fact that it doesn’t require venting. Just frame it, add hardwiring, and it’s good to go. It’s an amazing alternative to a direct vent fireplace, and it’s much less expensive to run. There’s also never any danger of a gas leak because it uses electricity instead of gas.
The Dimplex Opti-Myst uses ultrasonic technology to create stunning 3D flames that you can actually touch. This technology works by vaporizing water held in a reservoir, and the resulting vapor then reflects orange light to create an incredibly convincing smoke and flame effect. At the same time, the included artificial logs slowly pulsate, making them seem as if they’re burning. Together, the vapor and logs are more convincing than any other electric log set out there..
If you don’t care about heat, the Opti-Myst is a great alternative to a gas log set. With no gas required, it’s easier to install and much cheaper to run—you can run it on only pennies per day. The Opti-Myst is also the only multi-sided electric log set on the market. The effect it produces is truly 3D, so you get the same view from any angle. Finally, this unit is GFI-rated, so it will shut off if it detects electrical current passing through water or a person. This means you can safely install the Opti-Myst in a bathroom or outside.