Types of Halogen Bulbs

Types of Halogen Bulbs

Learn the differences between various halogen light bulbs

By Sabah Karimi

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Halogen bulbs are filled with halogen gas and can be used like regular incandescent bulbs to light your home, office or living space. These bulbs carry evaporated tungsten particles into the filament so that electricity can be conducted through the bulb. Halogen bulbs tend to last longer and are more energy efficient than regular incandescent bulbs. Different types of halogen bulbs are used for different light fixtures.

Reflector Flood Halogen Bulbs

Reflector flood halogen bulbs are often larger than bulbs used in the common household and are used to light porches and for accent lighting outside the home. Some types of reflector flood halogen bulbs are designed with dimming functionality.

Halogen-IR Lamps

Halogen-IR lamps are among the best options for reducing infrared radiation. These bulbs are designed with a coating on the filament tube so that the infrared radiation is redirected back to the filament and does not heat up the center of the bulb. This type of halogen bulb may also help reduce energy costs when lighting your home, office or living space.

PAR 14 Halogen Bulbs

PAR 14 halogen bulbs are less than 2 inches in diameter and have a flat top. These types of halogen bulbs are often used to light up trophy cases, shelving units and cabinets where there is little or no lighting available.

Halogen Bipin Bulbs

Halogen bipin bulbs are commonly found in small, portable light fixtures, such as desk lamps, appliances, task lamps and handheld lamps. These bulbs offer bright light and do not use a lot of energy.

MR16 Halogen Bulbs

MR16 halogen bulbs are used inside closed fixtures, such as wooden shelving units, display cases and bakery cases where there will be limited human contact. These bulbs do not have a glass covering and are instead designed with a pressurized filament tube that remains exposed to its surroundings.

About the Author

Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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