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Halogen bulbs have a filament and contain halogen gas. They give an attractive light which closely resembles sunlight. They can be low voltage or mains voltage. They are more efficient than the old fashioned or standard bulbs as they only use half the energy to produce the same light output and can last up to twice as long. Halogen bulbs are commonly used in car headlights. The 3 main types of halogen bulbs are spotlight bulbs, small capsule bulbs and linear or tube bulbs.

The main advantages of halogen bulbs are that they are smaller in size, they last longer and they give a brighter sharper light. This bright sharp light is a good choice for reading and craft/design work. The disadvantages are that halogen bulbs get hotter than standard bulbs as they operate at higher temperatures and they are more expensive.



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