When you really want to make sure your decor shines, a halogen light bulb is your best bet. Halogen is technically part of the incandescent family, but since the technology works a little different, we like to put it in its own category.
Halogen light bulbs became a go-to option for low-cost lighting because a lot of the traditional incandescent products are phasing out of production.
Before you buy halogen light bulbs, it’s important to note they still use a lot of energy (but not quite as much as incandescent light bulbs).
How do halogen light bulbs work?
Halogen technology is an enhanced version of incandescent technology. The electrical current enters the socket and travels up to the tungsten filament, heating up the filament to incandescence. But here’s the difference. In a halogen light bulb, the filament is enclosed in a quartz capsule and filled with iodine and bromine gases.
The flow of electrical current starts the “halogen cycle,” where the particles burning off the tungsten filament are then redeposited back onto the filament by the halogen inside the quartz capsule, allowing for these particles to be “reused”. Reusing the particles gives the lamp a higher luminous efficacy and a longer life than incandescent lamps. That means halogens can last up to 2500 hours while incandescent light bulbs have an average life of 800 – 1200 hours.
Types of halogen light bulbs
Halogen light bulbs are known for their high quality of light, just like other incandescent light bulbs. Because of their versatility, halogen light bulbs can look very different. Here are several different types of halogen bulbs:
- PAR reflectors
- MR reflectors
Some halogen and HID light bulbs look identical, so it’s critical to know which type of light bulb you need to replace.
Where to use halogen light bulbs
Again, when you’re thinking about halogen bulbs, think décor. Here are some common places where halogen light bulbs are used:
- Reflector-style lighting in jewelry or retail stores
- Recessed cans for ambiance lighting in restaurants
- Specialty applications for medical or photography equipment
Halogen light bulbs and dimming
If you’re looking to dim your lights, halogen light bulbs are a good option. For example, if you are looking for quality restaurant lighting, halogen PARs would work well in your recessed cans. Paired with a dimmer, you have the option to change the atmosphere of the room.
You do need to check the dimmer compatibility before you buy. Make sure the dimmer says compatible with incandescent or halogen light bulbs. (Remember, since halogen is part of the incandescent family, a dimmer compatible with an incandescent light bulb would also work with a halogen light bulb.) We like to make things easier, so if you’re looking for those dimmers you can buy them here.
Questions about halogen light bulbs
If you have questions about halogen light bulbs, or you need help finding a specific product, please contact us. Our lighting specialists are always here to help. As a national lighting distributor since 1983, Regency Lighting has seven sales and distribution locations to better meet your lighting needs.