Why do my halogen lamps keep dying?!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by mariahlullaby, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

    mariahlullaby

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    #1
    So yesterday my silver halogen desk lamp decides to die. This is the second one of the exact same model we've bought because the last one died too. I really love the lamp but now that it keeps dying after owning it for any length of time (i.e. 5 months) the thing stops working; I had only had it on for about 45 min at the time.

    So now I'm stuck typing by the overhead light and I hate it. My eyes are killing me.

    Anyone have any good suggestions for a desk lamp? Something modern and sleek, in silver.
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I use Ott-Lite desk and floor lamps for that. The full spectrum lighting works better for me. Most of them don't look fancy but they do have a more stylised line. If you have Michael's or Jo-Ann Etc. stores, you can usually get them at huge discounts.
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    2 main causes

    Touching the bulb with bare skin while installing --- the skin oils (or any other contaminant) burns on the surface of the glass, shortening the life of the bulb.

    Excess heat. A poorly designed housing will cook the bulb.

    Unfortunately, a lot of the budget goods being cranked out (such as lamps) is poor design -- it's made to sell for cheap, not to last.

    Ott-lites are expensive but good
     
  4. wrc fan macrumors 65816

    wrc fan

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    Why'd you buy a new one, couldn't you just get another bulb? Bulbs for my halogen lamp are even at the market.
     

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