The purpose of this policy is to prevent the use of lighting
fixtures in university facilities that present a fire safety hazard
through the use of exposed high temperature lamps as the light
Torchiere style lamps are not permitted for use in University at
Buffalo (UB, university) facilities as a best practice means of
preventing the start of a fire that may threaten life and property.
Torchiere lamps are lighting equipment designed for residential
interior use and require high temperature bulbs, approximately
1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, as the light source.
Codes and guidelines for this policy:
- Chapter 3, Section 305 Ignition Sources of the Fire Code of New
- Consumer Product Safety Commission memo dated 4/9/98
- Press Release #97-173.
Chapter 3, Section 305.1 of the fire Code of New York State
requires that “clearance between ignition sources, such as
light fixtures, heaters and flame producing devices, and
combustible materials shall be maintained in an approved
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has documented
statistical information on torchiere lamps, clearly identifying
them as a fire safety hazard. This information cites contact with
combustible materials, exploding bulbs, electrical short circuits,
and lamp tip-over as specific hazards.
Typically, floor lamps with a high
temperature halogen bulb, drawing 300-500 watts of power, at
approximately 970 to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and mounted at the
base of an opened top globe.
Environment, Health & Safety
220 Winspear Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215