Services Guide - H

Halogen Lamps


Floor Lamp
Halogen Lamps Not Permitted On Campus
Effective Fall 2000

Tochiere-style lamps fitted with halogen bulbs rated greater than 200 watts are not permitted in residence halls at College Park.

Tochiere-style lamps using normal incandescent or compact florescent bulbs are permitted.
Halogen bulbs fitted with a safety shield, originally provided as an after-market safety modification, are not permitted.


In case you're not aware, "torchiere style or pole" floor lamps may use halogen light bulbs that can reach very high temperatures and could start a fire if they come in contact with curtains, clothes, or other flammable material. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has tested 250 watt, 300 watt and 500 watt tubular halogen bulbs and found surface temperatures between 970o and 1,200o Fahrenheit while normal 150 watt incandescent bulbs reach only 340o. Other types of halogen bulbs operate at lower temperatures than the tubular halogen bulbs.

These lamps first became available in the United States in 1983. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) revised a standard for halogen torchiere lamps manufactured after February 5, 1997, which caused most manufacturers to equip the lamps with a glass or wire guard over the glass bulb to help prevent flammable materials from touching the bulbs. Despite these shields, temperatures at the lamp surface remain unacceptably high, causing this style of bulb-and-lamp combination to be banned at most colleges and universities.


The heating season is generally from mid-November through mid-March. Prevailing weather conditions at the time influence the actual start-up and cut-off dates for heat, which are usually determined by sustained periods of low temperatures over more than just a few days. Once crews begin, it takes several days for all buildings to have heating systems fully operational. Thermometer
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Bed in wrong position
NEVER, NEVER place your bed under the window across the front of the room's convector. By placing a bed directly under the window and in front of the convector, this blocks natural air convection through your room's heating unit and will make your room cooler.

Heat Service Call Priorities
At the start of the heating season, our first priority is to concentrate on getting all the mechanical room systems running. Once we know a building has heat, we turn to problems where entire heating zones or floors are without heat.

As our last priority, we will respond to individual room complaints. Barring zone or entire floor problems, we begin responding the same day to individual room requests once the heat is on in a building. Report problems to x4-WORK once you know your room isn't getting heat at night and your floor mates' rooms are.

Controlling Your Heat
Heating control valve

Our older buildings that have not been renovated have heating systems that are sometimes difficult to regulate precisely. Rooms have heat convectors (the oldest buildings have radiators) with a control valve located under the front of the unit. Use this valve to regulate the heat in your. We're usually successful in fixing stuck valves although, occasionally, we do encounter a faulty control valve which has to be completely replaced.








Holiday Decorations

Holiday decorations As state humbugs, we don't permit live holiday decorations (mainly live or cut evergreen trees) in residence halls. As a safety precaution, evergreen decorations that can become dry and flammable are not to be brought inside.

Holiday lights, if used, must be rated for the location used (interior or exterior use). Don't use staples, nails or thumbtacks to attach light strings to walls, windows, or door frames.

If you spray snow and ice onto windows, you get to clean it off. Holiday spirit is great, but you must take care of clean-up of your own decorations.

`Tis the season to be safe!