Electronic Halarc Lamp

Description (Brief)
The Halarc lamp was an attempt by General Electric to produce an energy-efficient replacement for the common, incandescent A-lamp. While other makers focused on developing reliable compact fluorescent lamps, GE decided to miniaturize its metal halide technology. Already successful for street lighting, large metal halide lamps provided good color and excellent energy efficiency. Unfortunately the miniaturized lamps had undesirable performance characteristics such as taking several minutes to come to full-power and changing color emissions. These issues combined with high cost made the lamp a commercial failure.
Object Name
discharge lamp
date made
ca 1981
Physical Description
glass (part material)
tungsten (part material)
brass (part material)
quartz (part material)
plastic (part material)
lamp: 5 1/2 in x 2 5/8 in; 13.97 cm x 6.6675 cm
package: 7 in x 5 in x 3 in; 17.78 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Electricity
American Enterprise
Energy & Power
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from General Electric Lighting Co., thru Terry McGowan
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