Our Guide to Realistic Electric Fireplaces


Realistic electric fireplaces can provide all the ambiance of a traditional fireplace without the hassle of buying and storing wood. Not only are electric fireplaces a beautiful addition to your home, but they can also save you money on your energy bills. Electric fireplaces are 100% efficient, meaning all the heat they generate stays in your home.

In this post, we look at the features behind realistic electric fireplaces and our top electric fireplace designs from JC Bordelet and Focus Fireplaces.

What makes an electric fireplace look realistic?

To create the most realistic electric fireplaces, manufacturers use a variety of techniques. One common method is to use a log set. Placing electric logs in the fireplace conveys the look and feel of a real wood-burning fireplace with realistic flames. However, the logs are usually made of ceramic or polyurethane and are designed to resist high temperatures.

Another popular technique with electric fireplace manufacturers is to use LED lights to create realistic flame effects. This can be done in a variety of ways, but the most common is to use flickering lights to create the illusion of real fire dancing on the logs in the electric fireplace. There are also realistic electric fireplaces that use a combination of both techniques to create the effect of traditional fireplaces.

No matter which technique is used, the goal is to create an electric fireplace that looks and feels just like a real fireplace. Thanks to advances in technology, manufacturers have been able to create some truly amazing realistic electric fireplaces that are practically indistinguishable from their traditional counterparts.

Benefits of electric fireplaces

Easy to install

It’s easy to see why luxury electric fireplaces are so popular: they’re easy to install, and they add a touch of elegance to any home. But what many people don’t realise is that many electric fireplaces are also very easy to install. In fact, most models can be installed in just a few hours, with no special tools or skills required. Say goodbye to your existing fireplace and hello to the most realistic electric fireplace on the market.

Clean and safe

An electric fireplace is a great choice for any home, but they’re especially well-suited for homes with young children or pets. That’s because electric fireplaces don’t produce any real flames, so there’s no risk of burns. A new electric fireplace is also much easier to keep clean than traditional fireplaces since there’s no soot or ashes to deal with.

Super efficient

A realistic electric fireplace is also more efficient than a traditional fireplace. Other fireplaces can lose up to 90% of their heat up the chimney. A realistic electric fireplace, on the other hand, uses electricity to generate heat, so all of the heat produced is used to warm your home. There’s no need for an extra infrared heater to keep your home warm and cosy during the winter months. Let your electric fireplace cover the heating while you snuggle up on the sofa.

Types of electric fireplaces

When it comes to buying a realistic electric fireplace, there are three main types to consider: mechanical, water vapour, and holographic. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the right type for your needs.

Mechanical electric fireplaces

Mechanical electric fireplaces are the most common type. They use a fan to circulate air around a heating element, which produces heat. These types of electric fireplaces are usually the most affordable, but it can be noisy and may not produce as much heat as other options.

Water vapour electric fireplaces

Water vapour fireplaces use ultrasonic waves to create vapour, which is then circulated around a heating element. These electric fireplaces are more expensive than mechanical fireplaces but produce far more heat and are much quieter.

Holographic or video electric fireplaces

Holographic fireplaces use a laser to create a three-dimensional image of a fire. This fireplace is the most expensive, but it is also the most realistic electric fireplace available and can produce a significant amount of heat.

Examples of electric fireplaces

Eva 992

Eva wall-mounted electric designer fireplace
JC Bordelet’s Eva 992 Vapour Flame Effect

JC Bordelet’s Eva 992 is a modern electric fireplaces with a suspended canopy and elegant design. This stunning electric fireplace is available in numerous colour ways – from animal prints to vibrant shades. The huge range of RAL shades and BRUTE specialist finishes add a personal quality to this electric fireplace design.

The additional canopy is mounted over an internal copy and protected by insulation. It features sectional glass-ceramic windows and full 360-degree view of the fire. The Central Eva 992 is perfect for vast open spaces that need a focal point to tie everything together. Experiment with bold colours or keep it neutral with a matte black finish. A central electric fireplace distributes heat gently across the room while still curating that homely atmosphere of traditional fireplaces.

Zelia 908

Zelia electric wall-mounted fireplace
JC Bordelet’s Zeila 908

A wall-mounted electric fireplace can do wonders for smaller spaces. JC Bordelet’s Zeila 908 has a large glass electric fireplace chamber with curved ceramic panels that slide open. We like to think of this model as the little sister of the Eva 992. It features a slender canopy and suspended fire chamber floating seamlessly against the wall. The Zeila 908 is just right for a home with rustic features and a cosy feel.

Julietta 985 Corner

Julietta 985 from JC Bordelet

The Julietta 985 from JC Bordelet offers a generous 90 degree view of the realistic flames and grandiose canopy. The large firebox and remarkable heat output make this fireplace one of our most realistic electric fireplaces – if not the most realistic electric fireplace in our collection. It’s a statement piece in any home – even while tucked away in the corner. You can reap all the benefits of an electric fireplace without compromising on space or performance.

Calista 917

Calista central hanging fireplace in electric
Calista 917 by JC Bordelet

The Calista 917 is the latest technologically advanced fireplace to hit the JC Bordelet range. It can be fitted with a triple wall flue, so there’s no need for additional ventilation in low-energy homes. The shape of the Calista 917 was supposedly influenced by the space capsule and is available in both single and double-sided designs. You could even have the fire electric fireplace insert rotating so you can see the fire from all angles.

Lea 998

Central floating fireplace in electric fuel
JC Bordelet’s Lea 998

JC Bordelet’s Lea 998 is available in central and wall-mounted designs. The screen-printed glass makes this electric fireplace ultra-compact yet highly efficient. It’s a classic electric fireplace design that pairs well with most interiors and features JC Bordelet’s most realistic flame effect.

Electric fireplaces at Caleo

We supply a wide range of JC Bordelet realistic electric fireplaces made to the highest quality. You could have a real wood-burning fireplace handcrafted in France to your particular requirements. However, if real fire doesn’t suit your home or lifestyle, JC Bordelet offers conversions for gas, bio-ethanol and electric. Just get in touch with our team of electric fireplace specialists to find out more about our service.

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