Originally Posted by PirateKatz
Has this always been the case? When I was a kid, I can recall my grandfather warning me about what the OP brought up. Though, I tend to take everything that him and my father knew about home repair/maintenance with a grain of salt.
When I first heard it, it somehow made sense. Now I'm not so sure. . .
"It has been common practice to provide a fuse for certain high efficiency tungsten-halogen type lamps because these lamps have a tendency to develope an ionized arc which causes a flow of high current as is more fully described in Wiley U.S. Pat. No. 3,211,942."
This ^ is an early patent. When I left the USPTO in '99 they were just turning over patent #5,000,000.