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Exploding Stage Lights?

Q: I’ve heard that you should never touch the light bulb within a stage light because they can explode! Is that true or is it an Urban Lighting Legend?

A: Some experts say that it is not a good idea to touch high-output stage light lamps (bulbs, or “bubbles” as they are known in certain parts of the world) with your bare skin. The claim is that intense heat generated when a lamp is on can sometimes cause skin oils left behind make the lamp heat unevenly, potentially enough so that the glass will shatter.

We’ve never personally seen it happen. But why take a chance? Handle high-output stage lights with care, using a cloth or gloves. If body or other oils do get on a lamp, they can be removed with rubbing alcohol.

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