Halogen Information

As you shop for light bulbs these days you will see the CFL’s, LED’s and a Halogen bulb that looks like a regular incandescent bulb. These 120v Halogen bulb packages usually indicate that they are incandescent replacements for 60, 75 or 100 watt bulbs. The bulbs generate lumens similar to the old general service incandescent, have a life of 1000 hours (.9 yrs @ 3 hrs per day), and use around 28% less energy than the old general service incandescent bulb. Halogens burn much hotter than the old bulb, and on the packaging (sometimes inside) you should find a warning and caution label similar to this;

Caution

  • Lamp may shatter and cause injury if broken
    • Do not use lamp if outer glass is scratched or broken.
    • Dispose of lamp in a closed container.

Warning

  • Risk of Burn
    • Allow lamp to cool before handling.
  • A damaged lamp emits UV radiation which may cause eye/skin injury
    • Turn power off if glass bulb is broken, even if bulb continues to light. Remove and dispose of lamp.
  • Pressurized lamp--unexpected rupture may cause injury, fire, or property damage
    • Do not exceed rated voltage.
    • Do not use lamp if outer glass is scratched or broken, even if bulb continues to light. Turn power off, remove and dispose.
  • Risk of Electric Shock
    • Turn power off before inspection, installation or removal.
    • Turn power off if glass bulb is broken, even if bulb continues to light. Remove and dispose of lamp.
  • Risk of Fire
    • In table lamp, use only with shade.
    • Keep combustible materials away from lamp.
    • Use in fixture rated for this product.

Pros and cons of halogen lights

Pros

The pure white light halogens emit makes them ideal for certain fixtures and situations.

  • For reading and other exacting tasks, the bright light reduces eyestrain.

  • For display lighting, where you want to highlight artwork, photos, crystal or architectural features, the white focused light makes colors appear more vibrant. Halogen spotlights allow pinpoint focus. Using incandescent bulbs for general lighting in the same room heightens the effect of halogens even more.

  • For outdoor use, halogen floodlights cast a brighter, easier-to-see-by light. And since they last twice as long as standard* bulbs, you won't need to struggle to reach hard-to-access outdoor fixtures as often. They have other benefits too. They're 10 to 20 percent more energy efficient and cheaper to operate.* They burn brighter longer (a halogen bulb will still be cranking out 94 percent of its original light output near the end of its life, while a standard* bulb diminishes to a measly 82 percent).

Cons
Of course, not everyone or every location loves halogen.

  • Cost at least four times as much,  and doesn't give off the warm glow we're accustomed to from a regular incandescent bulb.

  • Have an intense glare, and need to be shaded, shielded or directed so the filament isn't in your line of sight.

  • Risk of rupture, fire and UV radiation.

  • Disposal is in a closed container

 

* Reference is to standard general service incandescent bulbs, and does not pertain to Newcandescent® or Bright Lights American brand rough service bulbs.      

 

Note:

Halogen bulbs burn hotter than standard incandescents, so care must be taken in their use. It's possible for the protective outer shell to break and for the inner bulb to continue working (though the outer shells are usually durable). This can pose a hazard, as the hot inner bulb can explode if moisture hits it. Dispose of any damaged bulbs in a closed container. And, as you should do before replacing any bulb, check the light fixture label to make sure a halogen bulb is compatible and within the fixture's listed limits.

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Compare:

             General Electric Halogen(63005)   vs. Bright Lights AMERICAN incandescent(00160)

Voltage:                            120v                                  130v

Energy Used:                     72w                                  100w @ 130v / 88w @ 120v

Lumens:                           1490                                  1094 @ 130v /  853 @ 120v

Life:                                 1000 hours                         10,000 hours @ 130v                                                                                         25-30,000 hours @ 120v

Light Appearance:             2960k                                 2700k

Color Rendering Index:      90-100 (not listed)               100

Filament:                          Tungsten (encapsulated)      Tungsten (7 supports)

Gas used:                         Bromine/Iodine(not listed)     Krypton

Estimated yearly cost:         $ 8.67                                 $ 8.44

Base:                                Aluminum                            Brass

Country Origin:                  Made in Mexico                    Made in U.S.A.

Warranty:                          Not listed                             2 year limited

Type:                                Soft White                           Rough Service

Pack:                                 2-pack                                 2-pack

Price Range:                      $4.00 - $7.00                       $4.99 - $5.99

Warnings/Cautions:            See below                            See below

 

GE Halogen

Warning

Risk of electric shock. Turn power off before inspection, installation or removal. Turn power off is glass bulb is broken, even if bulb continues to light. Remove and dispose of lamp. Risk of fire. Keep combustible materials away from lamp. Use in fixture rated for this product. In table lamp use only with a shade. A damaged lamp emits UV radiation which may cause eye/skin injury. Turn power off is glass bulb is broken, even if bulb continues to light. Remove and dispose of lamp. Pressurized lamp – unexpected rupture may cause injury, fire, or property damage. Do not exceed rated voltage. Do not use lamp if outer glass is scratched or broken, even if bulb continues to light. Turn power off, remove bulb and dispose.

Caution

Risk of burn. Allow lamp to cool before handling. Lamp may shatter and cause injury if broken. Do not use lamp if outer glass is scratched or broken. Dispose of lamp in closed container.

 

Bright Lights AMERICAN

Warning

Do not allow bulb to come into contact with liquid or metal parts of the fixture, as glass may shatter. Suitable for indoor use. Outdoor applications require a weather-protected fixture. Do not operate in close proximity to flammable materials or those adversely affected by heat or drying. Operate only in heat resistant sockets. Turn off the power before changing lightbulb.

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