Why do my halogen lamps keep dying?!

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

  1. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2005
    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

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    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


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    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

    Jan 19, 2003
    In a world where LPs are made like pancakes
    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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