Question about xenon bulbs

Flash_Gordon

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I just put them in and then wipe the glass down with alcohol. Even if you don't touch the glass using a glove or a tissue, you can't assume that the handler before you did not touch it. IPA is cheap and effective.

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As long as they are IPA-ed after they are in the socket they will be fine. there is no guarantee they will blow but it's an avoidable risk.
 

litho123

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Ditto to what others have said.

After having had a couple bulbs shatter (I think it was from sloppy bulb handling) when I first started dabbling with "hotwire" lights, I'm now a little obsessive about bulb cleanliness!

If the bulb is ever exposed to possible touching, it gets wiped down before the head gets screwed back on.

I use 2"x4" cotton swatches moistened with Isopropyl Alcohol.
 
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