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#147759 - 01/30/03 05:00 PM Warning About 500-Watt Halogen Bulbs
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cooper Lighting Inc., of Peachtree City, Ga., is warning consumers that nearly 600,000 Regent 500-watt halogen bulbs may pose a fire hazard if used in torchiere floor lamps or other indoor residential fixtures. These 500-watt light bulbs generate very high temperatures compared to incandescent and lower wattage halogen bulbs and can start a fire if they come in contact with curtains, clothes or other flammable material. These bulbs are intended for use in outdoor work lights and flood lamps.

While Cooper has not received any reports of fires or injuries, the CPSC is aware of at least 290 fires and 25 deaths since 1992 involving halogen torchiere floor lamps.



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#147760 - 02/02/03 05:23 PM Re: Warning About 500-Watt Halogen Bulbs
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Fire danger aside, the whole notion of a 500 watt halogen bulb is kind of cray, IMHO. I think they are a hideous waste of electricity.
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#147761 - 02/04/03 07:47 PM Re: Warning About 500-Watt Halogen Bulbs
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CTwireman,
You've got that right, mate.
They are also quite expensive and they do not like any Voltage surges either.
I'd sooner use Metal-Halide anyway.
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