But in the past few years, ubiquitous lights have appeared in the news, related to a house fire caused by curtains, towels or clothes being too close to White. hot bulb.
Halogen lamp in 900-
1,200 degrees, compared to 340 degrees for regular 150 degreeswatt bulb.
In an Orange home last fall, a halogen lamp about 6 to 8 inch from some wicker baskets and books lit a fire that caused about $300,000 in damage
\"It almost destroyed the master bedroom and the living room,\" said Richard Aragon, an investigator at the Orange Fire Department . \".
From 1992 to 1998, the Consumer Product Safety Committee received a total of 232 reports--
Including 12 deaths. -of fire-
Related events involving halogen lamps nationwide.
So what about halogen lamps?
Fire officials say at least make sure they work properly and stay away from any flammable items.
But if you want more peace of mind, officials suggest you buy a wire grill to put around a light bulb or buy a new energy source --
Use a cooler and more efficient model-burning bulb.
Orange Fire Department and Southern California Edison held a Consumer Conference
Publicity campaign last fall urged residents of Orange County to replace old lights with safer, more energy efficient lights
More than 600 lights were handed over during the handover of the Grand Torchiere.
Jill Alexander, spokesman for Southern California Edison, said he spoke to many people who did not realize the potential danger.
\"I was chatting with a woman who saw a news report to promote the event and got up from where she was sitting in the living room and went to her [halogen]
\"She leaned her hand against the wall next to the lamp and was shocked by how hot the weather was and noticed that the plaster had cracked due to the heat.
She immediately turned it off and took it to the driveway.
\"Halogen fire is most likely to occur when the bulb is in contact with materials such as curtains, bedding, ceiling materials, wood wall panels, clothing and paper.
\"You need to make sure you keep them away from the heat that can be a source of factors,\" said captain Orange County fire authorities . \". Paul Hunter.
Halogen lamp, free-
Light bowl lamp-
Shape lamps mounted on top of six
The foot bar is lit by a tubular halogen lamp of 300 to 500 watts.
\"More importantly, you should follow the safety advice of halogen lamps because they will burn hotter,\" said Julie Reynolds, spokesman for the National Fire Protection Association . \".
\"Our biggest concern is that the light bulb is exposed to something that can burn.
People should not worry at a reasonable level of safety.
\"According to the federal regulator, the second most common dangerous situation occurs when halogen lamps explode or break.
This may result in hot glass debris igniting combustible materials nearby.
Home improvement shops can buy wire shields to cover halogen lamps to better protect bulbs from contact.
Southern California Edison also recommends the purchase of new fixtures with the Energy Star label.
The bulbs of these lamps touch cool and have a much longer life than halogen lamps. (
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Safety lighting torch * read carefully any and all safety instructions, warnings and marks attached to the product before use.
* Do not put materials such as clothes and towels on top of the lamp.
* Never place the light near the open window where strong winds can blow the curtains to the light bulb.
* Avoid placing lights in places where children or pets can easily turn over.
* Do not use lights in the children\'s bedroom or playroom.
* Stay away from elevated beds such as bunk beds and bedding may be too close to light bulbs.
* Always turn off or unplug the light before removing or replacing it.
* Do not try to replace or discard light bulbs that touch hot.
* Do not use bulbs with different styles or higher wattage as recommended by the manufacturer\'s instructions for use and care.
* Do not operate any lights where parts are lost or damaged.
* Avoid keeping highwattage (
More than 100 watts)
Halogen lights turn on when you leave the room or are not at home.
Source: Laboratory of American insurers