Mercury arc vapor lamp exploding?

Rocket Man rocketman1987 at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 29 12:01:34 EST 2000

Hi all,

We were recently advised by the service rep in our
area that it is advisable for us to change the mercury
bulb in our GFP scope every 250 hours max, regardless
of the condition of the bulb-- on the argument that it
is possible that, if used past this point, the bulb
could explode; causing serious damage to the equipment
(and potentially to personnel!).  Anybody know if this
is true (has anybody actually had this happen to
them?) or is it just that they want to get you to buy
more bulbs.

Thanks in advance,


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