|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: Halogen light bulbs are really an incredible invention when you stop to consider their advantages over conventional light bulbs - they last much longer thereby saving money on both bulb replacement and utility bills because they burn so efficiently. While installing, removing or maintaining light bulbs is generally not considered an area that requires specific high-tech knowledge, halogen light bulbs do necessitate a bit of caution on behalf of those handling them to ensure that bare hands never directly touch the bulb. Because halogen light bulbs burn at much higher temperatures than conventional light bulbs they need to have an even dispersion of heat to operate properly, and the slightest bit of oil or dirt can shorten the life considerably. Fingerprints on halogen light bulbs create hot spots as the oil on the bulb heats, so it becomes an absolute necessity to clean fingerprints from halogen bulbs as soon as they are discovered.
Step 2: Never use any type of rubber gloves when changing halogen light bulbs because most rubber products incorporate petroleum in the manufacturing process, which will immediately be transferred to the halogen light bulb. In any instance, when changing halogen light bulbs you can prevent the need to clean fingerprints by handling the bulb as little as is possible in order to complete the task.