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.
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