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    was, are halogens safe to use?

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    by Mnemosyne on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 02:30:34 PM PDT

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    •  Are Halogens safe to use? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd use them on a UL Listed lamped and make sure they are UL listed.

      Now they are hot, so you need to make sure they are away from flammable materials.

      Halogen torchiere floor lamps are free-standing lamps with a shallow bowl-shaped light fixture mounted on top of a 6-foot pole and illuminated by a tubular halogen bulb. These lamps first became available in the United States in 1983 and sales have grown significantly in the 1990s. The tubular halogen bulbs operate at temperatures much hotter than regular bulbs, and can pose a fire risk if curtains, clothing, or other flammable materials contact the bulb.

      A revised Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard for halogen torchiere floor lamps manufactured after February 5, 1997, offers an improved level of safety. Most halogen torchiere floor lamps meeting the revised UL standard already are equipped with a glass or wire guard over the glass bulb shield to help prevent flammable materials from touching the bulb.

      so i would say a post 1997 fixture is probably safe enough for home use.  I wouldn't put them anywhere little kids are around or rambunctious cats.

      The issue was very cheap chinese lamps from the early 90's would provide ignition sources.  New ones have wire guards

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