Tuesday, November 5, 2013

10 Tidbits About Halogen Light Bulbs

In our modern world there are many different kinds of lights available. It can be confusing figuring out the difference between bulbs and determining which is right for you. We wanted to pass along of our knowledge to shed some light on the Halogen bulbs.

Here is our top 10 list:

1. Halogen light bulbs may also be called “Quartz Halogen” or “Tungsten Halogen Lamp”. The name is derived from the process of modifying the bulb and adding a Halogen Element (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, astatine) to it.

2. Halogen bulbs are stronger than standard glass.

3. They tend to be smaller and more lightweight than traditional bulbs, which makes them great for
projection lamps in slide projectors.

4. Go Green! Halogen lamps are safer for the environment because they do not contain any mercury, which means when they do burn out, you can throw them away like normal. Making them easy for you and easy on the environment.

5. Halogen lamps produce a third more lumens per watt than a comparable incandescent light bulb and brighter colors than traditional bulbs. For this reason they are often used in theatre for stage lighting or photography studios.

6. Longer life and more light per unit of energy than an incandescent bulb

7. These bulbs get really HOT! Because the lamps produce stronger light, they are also much hotter than normal. Halogen bulbs also produce a third more heat than incandescent bulbs, which means a 100 watt Halogen produces the light and heat of a 133 watt incandescent bulb! Due to the smaller size, the heat is also more concentrated and is capable of causing burns to the skin, so use caution when handling them after use.

8. Because of the concentration of heat, any disruption to the surface such as oils left behind from human skin can cause problems with the light bulb such as gas leaks. Surface contamination also means light bulbs won’t last as long and will need to be replaced more often, so it is important to make sure these lamps are handled correctly.

9. To avoid surface contamination, only hold the bulb by the porcelain base, or better yet use some type of protection such as gloves when handling the lamp (Bulbtown will give you a free pair with every quartz halogen bulb you buy to make sure you are taken care of). No gloves? Here are some easy alternatives:
  • Paper towels
  • Ziplock/plastic bag
  • Tissue paper
10.  Even clean hands leave behind contamination. If the surface does get dirty, we recommend cleaning it to rid any dirt or oils by using rubbing alcohol to wipe away the impurities.

Did we miss any factoids? Let us know in the comments below any additional questions you may have and we would be happy to help answer them.

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