Bulb Safety Handling and Disposal Tips

Tungsten Halogen Lamps

  • Halogen lamps operate at extremely high temperatures that can cause serious physical injuries and property damage
  • Lamps are very fragile. Do not drop, crush, bend, or shake them.
  • Do not touch the Halogen bulb surface or inside reflectors with your bare hands. Oils from skin can lead to breakage or shorten the life of the lamp.
  • Use clean gloves or lint free cloth for installation and removal.
  • Clean any dirt, oil, or lint away from the lamp with alcohol and a lint free cloth or tissue. Any foreign particles or materials on the bulb surface can cause hot spots on the bulb and result in lamp failure.
  • Never touch the lamp when it is on, or soon after it has been turned off, as it is hot and will cause serious burns.
  • Do not look directly at the operating lamp for any period of time; this may cause serious eye injury.
  • Always turn off the electrical power before inserting, removing, or cleaning the lamp.
  • Affix the lamp securely in the socket. Improper installations will cause electrical arcing, overheating, and short life to lamp and socket. Always replace lamp holders and sockets when needed right away.Make sure lamps of specified wattage and voltage are only used in appropriately rated fixtures. Unspecified use will lead to short lamp life, breakage and overheating of light source.

High Pressure Arc Lamps



  • Arc lamps could burst when not in operation causing serious injuries! It is critical to follow safety instructions when handling Xenon arc lamps!
  • Always wear eye/face and body protection when handling arc lamps.
  • Never bump, drop, apply excessive stress, or scratch the lamp. This could cause the lamp to burst.
  • Always transport the lamp in the provided protective case or cover until installation.
  • Save the packaging materials for lamps. Use the same materials when disposing of the lamps.
  • Never touch the lamp when it is on, or soon after it has been turned off, as it is hot and will cause serious burns. Lamps should be allowed to cool for at least ten minutes after the lamp is turned off.
  • Always operate the lamp inside the lamphouse.
  • Do not look directly at the operating lamp for any length of time; this will cause serious permanate eye injury.
  • Some arc lamps produce ozone that is considered toxic at relatively high concentration levels. Be sure equipment is operated in a well Ventilated room.
  • Never operate a lamp above or below its rated current or voltage. This may cause the lamp to burst.
  • Install the lamp in the correct polarity according to the instructions provided in the operations manual.
  • Install the lamp by hand tightening only. Do not use any tools to tighten nuts or the lamp itself. Any excessive stress to the lamp will cause it to burst.
  • Arc lamps should not be used beyond their rated service life. Operation beyond the rated life span will cause the lamp to burst.
  • The lamp must be operated under correct conditions such as amperage and voltage as instructed in the operations manual for the lamphouse.
  • Do not try to provide extra cooling to the lamp. Air should never be directly forced on the bulb because uneven cooling will result.

Arc Lamp Disposal

  • Arc lamps must be disposed of in a careful and proper manner in order to prevent injury.
  • Wear a protective mask, leather gloves and protective clothing when handling a spent lamp.
  • Place the used lamp in its original protective case and original cardboard packaging (box) that was provided when the lamp was new. Check with your local municipality for re-cycling or disposal programs in your area.

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