When someone thinks of halogen lamps, they often think about the common types
such as a minican or another type. But many times people have bought
fixtures from Europe that have specified E14 base halogen light bulbs.
When this happens, it often throws people off as they think that the lamp they
have is an E12 or candelabra. This is a different lamp which base looks
much similar, but is not at all the same. The European E14 is a
little larger than the candelabra. Other than this distinct fact, these
lamps are the same as any other halogen lamp. Of course, the voltage on
these is a standard 120 volt for US consumers. In Europe, they generally
have a 220 volt rating instead. Be aware that there are many kinds of halogen bulbs
that look similar, but many times they can be very different, so it's important
that you know what you have. Among halogen lamps, this type may be perhaps the
widest category and encompasses
everything from low wattage bipin lamps to higher wattage minican E14 base
halogen bulbs, so it can be a little overwhelming. But when you look at
these bulbs, there are different bases, bulb sizes, finishes, voltage and of
course the wattage. Like all halogen bulbs, they are filled with a special
gas that actually rebuilds the filament and provides longer average lifespan
than normal incandescent bulbs. These halogen lamps burns about 10 percent
brighter, whiter, and hotter than normal incandescent bulbs. Extra heat is
typically not a benefit, but whiter, bright light is something that is useful in
a large number of lighting applications.
When trying to identify your E14 base halogen, one of the best places to
obviously start is at the base of the lamp, the part where it makes it's electrical
connection. Here's how to tell the difference between various types of
bases and so on. The smaller bipin lamps will have two pins which have a
specific spacing in millimeters which could be anything from 4 to 9 millimeters.
These are usually a lower watt lamp, but some get into a high watt category.
They vary from 12 to 120 volts. Another type of single ended halogen has
one of several bases which would be the E14 which we're talking
about here, DC (double contact
or Candelabra (E12) and the minican (E11) base. E14 base halogen light bulbs are available in wide variety
of bulbs and wattages as low as 75 watt all the way up to 250 watts. On our web site, we
have them listed with an E14 code. The designation
would be like the following, 75Q/E14, 100Q/E14,
150Q/E14 or 250Q/E14.
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.