Many people think that these small halogen bulbs are strictly a low voltage
lamp, but nothing could be further from the truth. All kinds of capsule
bulbs have a 120 volt or line voltage rating. They're used in all
different kinds of halogen products such as bulbs, flood lights and much more.
The reason they're chosen is that they don't require a transformer to change
from one voltage to another. It makes fixtures and replacement maintenance
costs less over the long term.
There's probably never been a lamp which has found more uses in such a short
period of time, because it's one of the most flexible for many uses, and the trend is continuing. Many fixture manufacturers
see the small size and filament structure in a lamp that has the potential for a
great amount of control. Bipin 120 volt halogen light bulbs are really
nothing more than the original halogen capsule developed by Sylvania many years
people will use these in task lights, or under cabinet lighting and different types of
display. The bipin lamps are generally identified by their wattage, bulb
size and the pin spacing in millimeters. The pin spacing can be as little
as 6.35mm and as high as 9mm in these 120 volt versions.
All halogen bulbs are filled
with a special gas that actually rebuilds the filament and provides longer
average life than old style incandescent bulbs. They come in different shapes
and sizes for various different uses. The Sylvania or Westinghouse bipin 120 volt halogen light bulbs will provide you with a high light output, a more white-colored light
(a higher color temperature - approximately 3000K), and longer life than normal
miniature lamps. That is why the halogen are many times used in energy saving
lighting situations because they are more efficient in their light production.
Sylvania generally calls their halogen line Capsylite and within that category
are many different configurations of light bulbs. One of the things to
watch out for is the voltage, as many times people do not identify that
correctly. If it's not right, you might get a very early failure. Like all halogen bulbs, these should not be touched with your skin in any way
and sometimes the packaging comes with a foam or paper wrapper to prevent this. If they
are touched, the life span of the bulb will be greatly reduced. In case you ever
do touch a bulb, wipe it thoroughly with a soft cloth. Bulbs that
are covered, like the PAR and some of the MR halogen bulbs, are okay to
touch, since you are not touching the actual bulb but a heavy, thick glass that
covers the light bulb. Most commonly, they are put into an enclosure but
be aware of touching a halogen capsule itself directly, is not a good idea as it
will shorten lamp life..
The standard 120 volt version of bipin halogen described here are often used in task
lighting or under cabinet lights with a round surface mounted shape. Of
course, they are put into other enclosures by manufacturers to give beam control
in the case of a flood light or in a sealed bulb for extra protection. In
any case, the
effect is a high light output in a very small space. This makes the
fixtures less noticeable or more diminutive. This is what a lot of
designers like, a light that literally disappears into the surroundings leaving
the illumination effect. That's what these lamps do for people, giving
them ample light while not getting in the way of other design elements in the
From flood lighting, task lighting or in a large commercial space, you will most likely find
bipin 120 volt halogen bulbs used in many kinds of lighting applications. The
compact size of these halogen lamps make it
possible to put them in almost any small space and produce high illumination.
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of this lamp type. If you're having trouble identifying your bulb, please call us and one of our
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