Has this ever happened to you?
On a trip to the hardware store today, I purchased a clamp-on light socket
w/reflector and a ruff service bulb.
Now, I'm at home and I install the bulb and clamp it the shelf near the
lathe. Then I walk over to the workbench to do something else, when I hear a
loud pop followed by a crash. That brand new bulb exploded. There was no
moisture, fumes etc. like the package warns. GE Lighting is going to hear
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My experience is different. My GE worked even through hot drops ( death on
a normal filament ) for three years of reasonably frequent use. Good stuff,
one lemon, I'd say.
BTW, if you're going to use it while working on the lathe, be sure to
vibration isolate the bulb so it won't be shaken to death when you turn
those out-of-round pieces.
It may have not been the fault of GE. There are outside factors that can
cause a bulb to explode. Rough handling in transit, improper handling in
the store, a drop of something on the bulb that later overheated and caused
the explosion, a drop of something cold onto the hot bulb in your shop.
GE will probably send you a coupon for a free bulb, but you don't know that
it was their fault for sure.
Handling a bulb with bare hands will leave normal body oil on the bulb which
can cause the glass of the bulb to break. Uneven heating of the glass?
Lamps for stage and studio lighting come with a warning that they not be
handled barehanded. Some come with protective wrappers over the bulb which
is removed _after_ the lamp has been installed in the fixture. Just a paper
towel is enough to protect the glass when installing it. Granted, these are
much higher wattage lamps. I try to keep the bulbs I change at home covered
as I install them.
I think you just got the one in a million/billion bulbs GE makes that was
bad just out of the box.
It isn't an issue of wattage as such. The lamps you're
referring to are halogen lamps. They run Significantly
hotter than common tungsten filaments. Body oils on the
envelope (glass) serve to concentrate the heat, and can
result in the envelope cracking.
Good bulbs for workshop with vibration - call an electrical distributor and
ask for a traffic signal bulb. The most common are 69 watt but there are
another sizes. They are designed for real vibration.
Lot of them still use bulbs around here. LEDs are getting popular.
A lot of places up north have some kind of thing with a light source and a
lens to focus it. I presume they look fine from the ground, but in a truck
I can't tell what color the stupid things are until it's too late to do
anything about it if it isn't green. They annoy me.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
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Bulb quality has gone down SO far over the last few years. About 25% of all
bulbs I buy are either bad out of the box or die within a month -- it REALLY
irks me when it is one of those damn $7.50 GE Reveal Indoor Flood bulbs.
GE/Sylvania/Osram seem to be noticeably lower quality than Philips bulbs,
but none of them are products the companies should be proud of. My advice
is to buy the CHEAPEST crap you can find because THAT is what you are
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