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page is intended to provide individuals with general information
pertaining to the importance and dangers of halogen light safety.
Halogen lights are
often used to bring luminosity on a specific object, such as a painting
on a wall or an art object, in order to bring attention to it. They are
also used in reading lights, outdoor lights, torchière style floor
lamps, slide projectors, and many other light devices that require intense
illumination. Halogen lights are popular as they are very effective, but
their greatest disadvantage is that they emit an extraordinary amount
of heat. A standard 75-watt light bulb operates at about 260 degrees Fahrenheit,
while a 300-watt halogen light bulb can reach temperatures of up to 970
degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, it is important to be aware of some essential
halogen light safety precautions so that no harm comes to you or the members
of your family.
are halogen light safety guidelines:
and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings that
come with the product in order to know what is safe and what is not.
- Make sure to turn
off or unplug the lamp and wait for the light bulb to cool down before
attempting to change it.
- Avoid changing
a halogen light bulb with your bare fingers as the natural oil of your
skin can damage it; instead, use gloves or plastic wrap.
- Never drape clothing,
towels, curtains, scarves or any fabrics over a lamp as it causes a
potential fire hazard.
- Keep halogen lights
away from children and pets, and avoid using them in areas where children
or pets can possibly knock them over.
- Always turn halogen
lights off when leaving the home for an extended period of time.
- If you purchase
a halogen lamp that features a dimmer switch, you should operate it
at its lowest setting whenever possible.
- Never operate
a halogen lamp that is damaged or that is missing components.
- Keep halogen lamps
at least twenty inches from walls, and even further from combustible
materials and fabrics such as bedding, drapes, bookcases and furniture.
By following these
preventive safety measures, the dangers associated with halogen lights
will be significantly decreased. And remember, the initial and most important
step to halogen light safety is to read the product’s manual and
follow the manufacturer’s instructions.