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Single ended halogen light bulbs with bipin, minican, double contact plus high light output in a small package.

This may be perhaps the largest category of halogen bulb and encompasses everything from low wattage bipin lamps to higher wattage bayonet style bulbs.  When you look at these bulbs, they all look much the same, but there are usually substantial differences.  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.  The applications and light fixtures that these have been used in are almost endless.  There's hardly a lighting task today that in some way benefits from the technology of single ended light bulbs.

When trying to identify your single ended halogen, one of the best places to start is at the base of the lamp, the part where it makes it's electrical connection.  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 a minican (MC or E11), DC (double contact) or Candelabra (E12).  These are the lamps which typically have a higher wattage but some are lower as well.  These voltage is almost always 120 volt or 130 volt for longer life.  If you have flood light fixtures, sometimes these are used because of the the small space and large amount of light they produce.  Another area these have been applied is in high fixtures like in church lighting where a high wattages must be used to illuminate a very large space.  The places where these have been used over the past 30 years are typically those applications where a greater beam control is desired and lots of light.  Single end halogen light bulbs are available in wide variety of bulbs and wattages as low as 50 watt all the way up to 1000 watts.  Of course, the lengths in different wattages would also vary.  It's good to check the label on your fixture and make sure you have the correct wattage for your fixture. 

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 single ended halogen light 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.

From flood lighting, task lighting or in a large commercial space, you will most likely find single ended halogen lamps 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.  By clicking the link above, you'll be taken to a page that has our full offering of this lamp type.  If you're having trouble identifying your bulb, please call us and one of our friendly customer service people will help you!

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