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Take Caution with Halogen Lamps

A simple act of drying a shirt faster by laying it over a lamp may seem innocent but could have been deadly.  Like many of us, this homeowner didn’t realize the repercussion it would entail.  

Halogen lamps are consider more dangerous than the standard 75-watt light bulb , because that can give off heat around 260 degrees Fahrenheit, while a 300-watt halogen light bulb can reach temperatures of up to 970 degrees Fahrenheit.   But in the last few years, this popular lamp has been in the news in connection with house fires caused when curtains, towels or clothing come too close to its white-hot bulb. Halogen lights burn at 900-1,200 degrees, compared to 340 degrees for a regular 150-watt bulb.