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Lamp Handling - Best Practices

We have created a handy guide to showcase the best practises when handling our lamps. Please see below for more information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

OBJECTIVE:

To protect the lamp integrity at all times, avoiding stress to the lamp seals and areas of quartz working and to avoid surface damage to the quartz envelope.

LAMP HANDLING:

Lamps should arrive well packed and undamaged in their individual lamp box, marked with lamp number and batch number.

Step 1. Carefully remove the outer box sleeve and gently ease the lamp from the protective foam layer. 

Laser flash lamps

Step 2. DO NOT remove the lamp by one end only, especially lamps with lead wires as this will apply a bending/flexing stress to the areas of quartz working and may result in breakage.

Step 3. Remove the lamp from the polythene sleeve, again, supporting the lamp evenly along its length. If it is not possible to support the lamp at both ends for any reason, we recommend holding the centre of the lamp for balanced support. 

Step 4. The lamp should be handled with care at all times. To avoid grease marks or fingerprints on the glass, you can wear gloves to do this. 

CLEANING:

Lamps should be cleaned using methanol or similar alcohol and a soft, non balm tissue. All precautions should be taken to avoid scratching the quartz tube surface and and contaminating the the surface with fingerprints as natural oils can lead to devitrification of quartz.

Clean the lamp slowly in one direction only. This is to avoid the lamp resonating. The lamp resonating can be heard as a high pitched squeal and may result in a quartz seal failure. 

LEAD WIRES:

If the lamp has a lead wire or cable type finish then extra care needs to be taken.

If the wires or cables need to be manipulated in order to fit the lamp into the system then great care must be taken to avoid any bending or flexing forces from being applied to the lamp seals and other areas of quartz working. 

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