Halogen Light Bulbs
Most of us still use the typical 60-watt light bulb found in just about
every mass retail store. However, over the last couple of decades, halogen
light bulbs have really increased in popularity. These bulbs tend
to last a longer and produce a much brighter, more focused light. Halogen
light bulbs are filled with a gas, usually iodine or bromine. Because
the bulbs are filled with a gas, they tend to run at higher temperatures
when lit. An interesting fact to know is that most halogen
light bulbs emit UV
rays, which can be harmful if the bulb is not underneath some sort
glass. If you purchase a fixture that uses halogen light bulbs, be
sure it comes with the protective layer of glass over it, or be sure
that the bulb itself does. It’s also important to remember that
these bulbs can be a fire hazard because of the high temperatures, so
be sure to always turn them off when you are not in the room or they
are not in use.
There are some wonderful plus sides to using halogen light bulbs, however.
The most obvious one of all is their shelf
life. The bulbs typically last at least a year or two, maybe longer,
while the traditional light bulb usually only lasts a few months at best.
The downside is that these bulbs are much more expensive, typically ranging
from eighteen up to almost thirty dollar per bulb. In addition, they
are not interchangeable with most light
fixtures. Many halogen
bulbs are made differently to fit different fixtures so they are
not really a one size fits all type of bulb. Fluorescent
lights have the longest life
span of all light bulbs, but halogen comes in at a close second,
making them a viable
choice for your home lighting needs.