13 Tips for Replacing a Halogen Light Bulb 13 Tips for Replacing a Halogen Light Bulb

A halogen light bulb emits intense light and has more illuminating power than other conventional light bulbs; it is part of the family of incandescent light bulbs, and is highly efficient and can outlast traditional commercial bulbs by as much as 400%. Many homes and industries today prefer halogen bulbs because of their energy saving feature. The main illuminating component of a halogen light bulb is a thin wire filament which is heated by electricity and in turn produces a bright, white light. When changing halogen light bulbs, you will have to be very careful since they can become really hot. Here are some tips on how to replace halogen light bulbs safely:

When Removing Halogen Light Bulbs

Tip 1 - Make sure to turn off the lighting fixture and unplug it from its electrical source before you start.

Tip 2 - Do not immediately remove the light bulb after use: allow a full ten minutes for it to cool before unscrewing it.  To be sure, quickly feel the bulb first to make sure that it is cool enough and safe for removal.

Tip 3 - When your light bulb housing uses a heat guard or other protective covering, carefully detach it first, then set aside later for reattachment.

Tip 4 - When unscrewing bulbs, grasp them gently but firmly, and turn counter clockwise. You can use a cloth rag or glove for added protection.

Tip 5 - Do not squeeze or forcibly remove a hard to unscrew light bulb as the glass may break and cut your skin; it is recommended that you use a light bulb grip for this purpose.

Tip 6 - When replacing light bulbs in hard to reach spots, it is recommended that you also use a light bulb grip which is readily available in most hardware and lighting shops.

When Installing a New Halogen Light Bulb

Tip 7 - Follow manufacturer’s recommendations on the type of halogen light bulb rating to use for your lighting fixture.

Tip 8 - Use cloth gloves when handling new halogen light bulbs. Our hands contain oils that can be transferred to bulb surfaces which when heated produces a dark stain.

Tip 9 - When putting new light bulbs in, screw the replacement bulbs in a clockwise fashion into the fixtures until they stop then check to see that the fitting is tight and secure. Make sure to use a cloth rag or glove for this purpose.
Tip 10 - When installing new light bulbs, make sure they are at room temperature. There is a risk of explosion once the switch is turned on, if you install a halogen light bulb that is too cold to the touch.

When Discarding Old Halogen Bulbs

Tip 12 - When disposing old light bulbs, wrap them first in thick paper to prevent injury or cuts in case the glass breaks.

When Checking the New Halogen Bulb

Tip 13 - Once the new bulb is firmly in place, re-plug the fixture to its electrical source then turn on the switch to make sure that the replacement bulb is working.

Halogen bulbs are energy efficient and long lasting, offering users substantial cost savings. However, care is needed when removing and replacing old halogen bulbs since incorrect handling may cause serious injuries.

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