Weird Halogen Bulb in My Lowel Tota-Light


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So I bought a used Lowel Tota-light for product photo projects and an occasional Youtube video. Up until a few days ago, the light worked great and everything looked normal. Then I noticed something weird.

Basically, the halogen bulb has transformed, or maybe the correct term would be deformed, into something other than a clear, cylindrical, glass tube. Most of the bulb has turned white and is bulging in the center. Even so, it still works – albeit not as well as it did at first.

lowel tota with bad bulb

You might be saying to yourself, why bother writing about this – just buy a new one. The thing is, I found it odd that there's no reference to this issue online. Additionally, it seems to me that this could be dangerous if put into further use. I have never seen a bulb that looks this bad yet continues to work. Is it only a matter of time before this thing explodes, or would it simply melt and drop red hot fragments onto my floor? I don't know and I don't really want to find out!

I have read of halogen bulbs such as this bursting because someone placed the light in a vertical position. I have not done that yet my light bulb is definitely on its way out.

Unfortunately, I bought my Lowel Tota used and have no idea what brand of bulb it came with. If there were markings on it, they have been burned off due to the heat that this light produces.

bad tungsten halogen bulb

The reason I looked online for something about this problem was to find out if this issue pertains to a particular brand of bulb. If this is common to some cheapo bulb made in China then I would like to know so that I don't buy that brand. Yes, I realize it's possible that this is an isolated issue; but, I think it's important to alert others and determine if this is actually a common problem or not.

What's the point of all this?

lowel tota-light back

The point is that it's probably a good idea to keep an eye on your tungsten – halogen lighting! Check your bulbs after each use for signs of overheating and damage. This will not only help avoid any risks associated with using a damaged or defective light bulb, but it might save you some time and money as well.

UPDATE: I replaced the bulb and so far, so good. It was the bulb and not the Tota light that was at fault.


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