To start us off we will go through what a halogen bulb is. The halogen bulb is also known as either a quart or a tungsten bulb. It is an advanced form of an incandescent lamp. The filament is composed of tungsten and located in a gas filled bulb just like your standard tungsten, however, the gas in a halogen bulb is at a higher pressure. The glass bulb itself is made of fused quartz, high-silica glass or aluminosilicate. You will find this bulb is stronger then your basic glass in order to contain the high amount of pressure inside. This lamp has been the industry’s standard for work lights and for film/television lighting due to compact size and high lumen output. The halogen bulb is being rapidly replaced by the white LED array lamps, miniature HID and fluorescent lamps.

Today, Limelight Electrix wants to discuss with you the disadvantages of this bulb and why you should look into other bulbs today.

1: More costly
Halogen bulbs are a little more expensive than incandescent and sometimes require a low voltage transformer. Today they are considered inexpensive compared to CFLs and LED lights.

2: Heat
The one problem with halogen bulbs is that they emit a LOT of heat. It can be quite an uncomfortable experience to sit under halogen bulbs in a kitchen, work space or elevator. They can be dangerous to touch when turned on.

3: High Pressure Gas
These halogen light bulbs require shielding in most applications in case they do shatter.

4: Can’t touch this
These bulbs cannot be touched with bare hands, even when cool. The oil from your fingers will heat shortening the life of the bulb.

5: Short life span
Possibly the biggest drawback of halogen bulbs is their short life span which averages only roughly about 2000 hours. When lit 24/7 this translates into about a 6 month life span. Changing bulbs every 6 months is quite a costly exercise and very time confusing.

6: Explosion
This bulb is capable of blowing and sending hot glass shards outward. A screen or layer of glass on the outside of the lamp can protect users.

So in conclusion - there are multiple things to consider when using halogen light bulbs. A lot of which are quite concerning. If you would like to find out more information, our team of experts can help you understand what bulbs are practical and recommended for whatever unit requires a bulb. Give us a call on 1300 880 761

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