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XENON LIGHT BULBS

Q) What makes these light bulbs xenon light bulbs?
A) Xenon gas has been introduced into the glass envelope of the lamp.
Q) Why is xenon gas added into the glass envelope of the lamp?
A) The addition of this gas into the glass envelope increases the rated life of the lamp.
Q) What is the rated life of these xenon lamps?
A) Depending on the lamp somewhere between 8,000 and 20,000 hours.
Q) What does "rated life" mean?
A) The "rated life" of a lamp signifies the time at which 50% of a large quantity of these lamps will have burned out. That means that 50% of these lamps will burn out BEFORE the "rated life" and 50% will burn out AFTER the "rated life". The "rated life" does NOT mean that every one of the lamps will last at least that long.
Q) Is this definition of "rated life" true for all lamps?
A) Yes, this is the standard rating for the life of ALL lamps.
Q) Do xenon lamps operate cooler than halogen lamps?
A) Yes, they do - especially cooler than the line voltage halogen lamps.
Q) Are xenon lamps dimmable?
A) Definitely.
Q) What kind of dimmer should be used with xenon lamps?
A) If the xenon lamp is powered by line voltage (120 volts) and, therefore, uses NO transformer, then the dimmer should be one that is designed to control line voltage. If the xenon lamp is powered by an electronic low voltage transformer, then the dimmer should be one that is designed to control an electronic low voltage transformer. If the xenon lamp is powered by a magnetic low voltage transformer, then the dimmer should be one that is designed to control a magnetic low voltage transformer.
Q) What "kind of light" is given off by the xenon festoon lamps?
A) Xenon lamps have a color temperature. that is between ordinary incandescent and halogen. That is, the light is cooler in appearance than incandescent but warmer in appearance than halogen.
Q) Do I have to be concerned about touching a xenon lamp with my bare hands?
A) Unlike halogen lamps, xenon lamps may be handled with bare hands without experiencing premature lamp failure.
Q) Can I replace my halogen light bulbs with comparable xenon light bulbs?
A) Yes, as long as the xenon lamp has the same wattage rating, the same voltage rating, the same type of base (bipin, wedge, etc.), and the same size glass envelope as the halogen lamp.