The newer bulbs on the block boast a crisp white light that intensifies the colors of the room. Halogen bulbs are more common and less expensive than they were in the early 1990s, but they are still pricey compared to incandescent bulbs.
They are designed to be long-lasting, but common variables (such as finger oils, airborne oils, and dust) can shorten their life considerably.
To make halogen bulbs last longer, wear plastic gloves or a small disposable plastic bag over your hand when handling new bulbs. Avoid touching them with bare hands, since oils can reduce the life of a bulb.
Also, be sure to dust halogen bulbs frequently with an untreated feather duster or canned air that has no additives. Do this only on bulbs that are completely cool.
Safety Tip: Halogen bulbs get very hot. Allow the bulb to cool completely before removing or handling it!
Continued on page 4: The Right Bulb for the Job