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Lowe, Robert E., Lowe, David A., and Lowe, James A. Halogen Lamps: Clearly a Bright and Present Danger. Fire and Arson Investigator. March, 1997.

Abstract: This article provides basic information about halogen lamps. Most are assembled in Taiwan or China and can be purchased in the United States for around $20. Halogen lamps emit a very bright light and their popularity has soared in the U.S. After a series of tests, the authors concluded that a halogen light bulb reaches temperatures of 1,166 degrees F. The glass shield that surrounds the bulb reached temperatures of 790 degrees F. Both of these temperatures exceed normal ignition temperatures of many combustibles that are usually found near halogen lamps. The authors compare these findings to a 300 watt incandescent bulb, which reaches temperatures of 500 degrees F.

The article also provides some case histories that were taken from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These are examples of fires that were caused by Halogen Lamps. The article also provides photographs of a halogen lamp with details of the bulbs and glass shields.

For more information, contact:
International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
300 Broadway Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63102-2808
Phone: 314-621-1966

 
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