What is a non halogen desk lamp?
Halogen light bulbs are incandescent bulbs that use halogen gas to create brighter light than other types of incandescent bulbs; they are usually smaller than other incandescent bulbs and have a longer lifespan. Halogen bulbs are common in car headlights.
A non halogen desk lamp is a lamp designed for household, table-top use that does not operate a halogen bulb. Most non halogen lamps use incandescent or LED bulbs.
Halogen vs. incandescent bulb differences
Incandescent bulbs involve a glass bulb that houses a coiled tungsten filament. The filament heats up when an electrical current runs through it, creating light. Incandescent bulbs are the most common type of bulb.
Halogen light bulbs emit greater brightness than other incandescent bulbs. Their light output is also whiter than regular incandescents, which give off a slightly yellow glow. Halogen bulbs are also more energy efficient and have roughly double the lifespan of incandescents. At the same time, halogen light bulbs are quite a bit more expensive than incandescents.
Notably, halogen bulbs get significantly hotter than regular incandescent bulbs.
Halogen vs. LED light bulb differences
LED desk lamps have become a popular alternative to incandescent lamps. LED stands for light emitting diode. LEDs involve microchips creating light when activated by electrical current.
LED bulbs were originally used in traffic lights but have since become common in household lighting as well. LEDs use approximately 20% of the energy halogen bulbs use and can last up to 12 times longer. While LED bulbs were once prohibitively expensive, their cost has dramatically decreased in recent years.
LED bulbs also operate at much lower temperatures than halogen lights and do not shatter. LEDs are available in multiple colors and contain no toxic gases or chemicals.
Why is a halogen lamp prohibited in some places?
Halogen lamps have been banned in many areas. Because halogen bulbs operate at comparatively high temperatures, they pose a fire risk. If a halogen bulb comes into contact with flammable material, it can easily result in a fire.
The European Union banned household halogen lamps in September of 2018, not because of their fire risk but on environmental grounds. Since halogen bulbs are less energy efficient than other types of bulbs, particularly LEDs, the EU concluded that they pose a greater risk to the environment.
How common is it for halogen lamps to cause fires?
The safety of halogen lamps began to be questioned in the late 1990s. Several large fires were traced back to the use of halogen bulbs.
Because of the heat halogen bulbs produce, a fire can break out any time they come in contact with flammable materials. The most common materials linked to halogen bulb fires are paper, clothing, wood paneling, bedding, and curtains.
Do halogen lamps consume more electricity than a regular light bulb lamp?
Halogen lamps use considerably more electricity than LED or even regular incandescent bulbs. In addition to posing less of a fire hazard, non halogen lamps are much more energy efficient than those that use halogen bulbs.