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Safety Precautions with a Halogen Floor Lamp

halogen floor lampIn 1983, halogen lights were first introduced in the American market, and since then the torchiere halogen floor lamp became very popular. Though halogen bulbs are considered as a more efficient alternative to incandescent bulbs, they were dubbed as fire hazards since they can get extremely hot, which is said to reach up to 1000 degrees. With this in mind, design changes become compulsory in 1997 to lower the risk of fire accidents when using such kind of floor lamp. However, there were already more than four hundred million models that were manufactured before that. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these lamps have been the cause of 19 deaths and about 270 fires since 1992, which is why users of halogen lamps are advised to observe safety precautions to avoid encountering fire incidents in their homes.

As mentioned earlier, halogen lamps can reach extreme temperatures, which is hot enough to ignite a fire when they come in contact with flammable materials. With that in mind, it is advised to place the lamp away from draperies and other materials that can easily catch fire. If this cannot be prevented, it is best to get a lamp using xenon bulb instead of one using halogen bulb. Xenon lights is known to be much safer and can produce extremely bright illumination that is three times more than what can be generated by a halogen bulb.

Touching the bulb is also prohibited since this can cause serious burns.  Moreover, halogen bulbs do not respond well when it comes in contact with natural oil. This means that when touched by bare hands this can create a hotspot that can significantly increase the risk of fire.

For homes with pets and children, never place the lamp in an area frequented by either your pets or kids. Instead place the lamp away from foot traffic. Doing so will avoid the chances of the lamp being knock over which can cause instant fire when not prevented.

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