Is it normal for a halogen light bulb to crackle a little bit after you first install it?
The bulb in my halogen lamp burned out, so I bought a new bulb and put it in today. I was careful not to touch my fingers to the bulb, handling it only by the ends.
When I turned it on, it lit the room nicely, but it made some soft crackling noises. They lasted a couple of minutes, and I turned off the light because it was freaking me out. I turned it back on, and the crackling noises were on-again-off-again.
It's a 300-watt bulb, and the lamp says "Use 300 watt or smaller."
I've replaced this bulb before, and I honestly don't remember whether I heard similar noises in the past. It's been a while.
Are these noises normal for a new bulb? Should I take the bulb out and put a new one in, with lower wattage?
This is a torchiere-style
lamp, if that matters.
Thanks for helping this non-handyman.