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What Are Halogen Lights? Are They Good for A Range Hood?

If you're shopping around for a new range hood, choosing one with the best lighting system is important. Could Halogen lights be right for you?

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If you’re looking for a range hood with top-notch lighting, you might have looked at a hood with halogen lights. But what are halogen lights, and are they better than LED lights?

This post will discuss halogen lights, how they work, and whether they are better for your range hood than LED lights. So you can make an educated choice when shopping for a new range hood.

Image of two dichroic halogen light bulbs. Source: adobe stock
Image of two dichroic halogen light bulbs. Source: Adobe Stock

Halogen lighting is simply an improved version of incandescent lighting. The electrical current enters the socket and goes up to the tungsten filament, heating it to incandescence.

What is a halogen light?

Light bulbs that use halogen technology are an improvement on traditional incandescent bulbs. A tungsten filament is heated by an electric current that flows into the bulb through the socket and rises to the top, just like an incandescent filament. Tungsten filaments in a quartz capsule filled with iodine and bromine gases make up halogen light bulbs.

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How do halogen light bulbs work

A light bulb is categorized by how it generates artificial light. Since halogen bulbs are only an improvement on incandescent bulbs, they aren’t given their family label. We refer to them instead as a kind of incandescent bulb.

Electricity will flow to the bulb’s base if a light bulb is placed in a socket and touches the metal grounding prongs. Electrical current enters the socket and rises to the tungsten filament, much like traditional incandescent light bulbs, causing incandescence. In halogen bulbs, the filament is protected by a quartz capsule filled with halogen gas. This gas, which consists of iodine and bromine, is completely harmless.

When electricity flows through the bulb, the halogen within the quartz capsule begins a “halogen cycle” in which the particles burned off the tungsten filament are redeposited onto the filament by the halogen. Lamps that recycle their particles last longer and provide more light than traditional incandescent bulbs. In comparison to the usual lifespan of an incandescent bulb of 800 to 1,200 hours, halogens may last up to 2,500 hours.

The temperature at which halogen lights can function is greater than that of incandescent bulbs. Because of this, it is common to find 250-300 watt halogen quartz light bulbs in rather small sizes.

Can you still use halogen lights?

To reduce emissions and save energy, halogen light bulbs will be outlawed, and fluorescent light bulbs will follow shortly after. Owning or using halogen or incandescent light bulbs is not against the law. However, production will cease since they failed to fulfill legally imposed quality criteria.

Which is brighter, LED or halogen?

Range hood manufacturers and buyers are attracted to LEDs because the light they cast is generally broader than that of halogen headlights. They are brighter, use less power, last longer, and have a much whiter hue than halogens, which tend to be yellow.

Image of a brown painted kitchen with a range hood, and modern lightbulbs. Source: max vakhtbovych, pexels
Image of a brown-painted kitchen with a range hood and modern lightbulbs. Source: max vakhtbovych, pexels

Can my range hood use both Halogen and LED lights?

No. Although it is technically feasible to utilize halogen and LED lights in your range hood, doing so is not advised. Instead, you should follow the instructions provided by the range hood’s owner’s handbook.

LED lights need drivers to power their LED counterparts, whereas halogen bulbs require transformers. Therefore, alternating current (AC) transformers and constant current (DC) LED drivers must change from halogen to LED or halogen.

Rather than using inefficient alternating current (AC), LED bulbs may be powered by a dedicated driver that converts AC to DC (DC). The high-risk AC is transformed into the safer DC. Disconnecting the old driver and inserting the new one will restore power to the range hood’s lights and circuit board. The standard voltage for American plugs is 120 V because of the low voltage required to light an LED bulb. A dedicated driver is needed to regulate power delivery.

On the other hand, halogen lamps need transformers to reduce the electricity’s voltage. While LED drivers and LED bulbs utilize direct current, halogen transformers use alternating current of 12 volts. A transformer will cause an LED bulb to flicker and perhaps burn out. Most LED lights only need 2 or 3 volts. Thus, connecting them to a 12-volt AC transformer would cause them to explode from the high current.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “What Is Halogen Lighting?” from the Signify YouTube Channel.

A video called “What Is Halogen Lighting?” from the Signify YouTube Channel.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about halogen lights on range hoods.

How do watts work?

The flow rate of energy is measured in watts. Power, measured in watts, is the output of an electrical circuit in which one amp travels over a potential difference of one volt. Therefore, power is measured in “Watts” as a “W.”

What exactly are incandescent bulbs?

An incandescent light bulb is a kind of electric light whose filament emits light (by incandescence) when heated. They come in various shapes, sizes, wattages, and voltages.

Why is an LED useful?

Electric lights that use light-emitting diodes are known as LED lamps or light bulbs. Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are far more energy-efficient than their incandescent and fluorescent counterparts.

Conclusion

Now that you know more about halogen lights, are you ready to make an educated decision?

This article covered halogen lights, their work, and whether they are better for your range hood than LED lights. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • The halogen quality of light and color temperature accent the beautiful rustic décor in his home perfectly.
  • Light bulbs that use halogen technology are an improvement on traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • Halogen bulbs are environmentally-friendly bulbs that can be used as alternatives to CFLs.
  • Because of their high operating temperatures and unique bases, thermal control and socket design within the fixture are important.
  • A light bulb is categorized by how it generates artificial light.

So, will you use halogen lights for your range hood at home? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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