I replaced my incandescent desk lamp with a halogen lamp. It works great
throwing out considerable light. Only problem is I noticed a burning type
odor from the burning bulb. Is this common or will it burn off eventually.
I've used it about 8 times in the last month and the odor isn't going away.
Do these bulbs give off an odor? Or, is it simply the newness of the unit
that I am smelling?
I am aware of the dangers of halogen lamps. I shut it off before I leave
the room. I was also thinking of putting in a timer to double my
There are two possibilities that I can think of.
First and very likely is dust. Common household dust. That small lamp
gets a lot hotter than most lamps and it can burn the dust on it. Try
cleaning it carefully (unplug it) and make sure it is really clean. Even a
finger print on some of the lamps can cause them to burn out prematurely.
Let it dry completely before turning it on. Do this a couple of times
before you turn it on and also clean the lamp housing as it also gets extra
hot, and see if that helps. I suspect it will.
The other possibility is if it is a low voltage halogen with a
transformer, then it could be the transformer. You could try another, but
it has been my experience that they tend to make that smell, although it
does tend to become less noticeable with time. I don't know if that is
because they make less smell, or because I did not notice it as much.
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