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Do they make halogen torchiere-type standing lamps anymore? I can't seem to find them anywhere, while 5-10 years ago they were quite common. The amount of light they throw off was so superior even to big incandescent lamps, not to mention wimpy CFLs. And they had a nice dimmer type operation.

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They are really hot, making them a fire hazard. –  Jay Bazuzi Nov 22 '10 at 0:30

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I think they stopped making them because they kept catching on fire.

Google search: "Halogen Lamp Fire Hazard"

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Hmmm. I saw this article from the NYTimes from 1997. But it looks like most of the problems came from dumb college students who draped clothes on top of a really hot lamp. Too bad; I love the color of halogen light. nytimes.com/1997/01/16/garden/… –  bshor Nov 22 '10 at 2:11
    
@bshor - I agree, they were great lights. I guess this is a case where public perception won out over common sense and fact? –  GalacticCowboy Nov 22 '10 at 14:19

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