Halogen work light problem


Old 12-02-11, 10:28 AM
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Halogen work light problem

I have been doing a lot of interior renovations and regularly using halogen work lights.

The problem is that the bulbs don't seem to last more than 5-6 hours on average (originals and replacements). I never handle them with bare fingers and let the units cool off once an hour or so.

Is this a common problem or am I missing something?

Should I drill holes in the steel casings so that there is better ventilation? Convert them to incandescent or fluorescent??

All advice most appreciated.
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Old 12-02-11, 11:08 AM
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Is the bulb securely seated in the socket? Other than that I am short on ideas. Mine has bounced around in the truck for years and still works including providing heat to keep pipes from freezing being on for days.
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Is there a ballast for each light? I have CFL canister ceiling lights and each one has it's own ballast which I have had to replace some of them if the new bulb does not work.
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Buy a different brand. Unlikely but maybe all of your short lived bulbs came from a bad lot.

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Old 12-02-11, 04:10 PM
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I've used halogen lights for some time and find that bumping when lit will cause the filament to break.
These bulbs are happy when hot so I don't think that trying to cool the fixture would do anything.

You can get halogen bulbs that are rated for 130 volts which should last longer than 120 volt rated ones.
You will get slightly less light from 130 volt bulbs but you may not notice much difference.
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That is the first thing I'd try, I have a couple of the 500 watt lights and the bulbs generally last for years. I've never let mine cool off. I leave them plugged up until I'm finished with them. Are you having this issue with just one light or are there multiple lights blowing bulbs?
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Hi: The problem is with a double set and with a single. The single takes 500W and the double takes 250's. I might just have to mark this down to bad luck. I'll be getting new bulbs today and hope for the best.

Thanks for all the input!
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