Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stanworth
About touching the bulbs, I always assumed that this applied to the bulb itself rather than the reflector cone (which I touched) I took care not to touch the glass bubble around teh filament of course. Should one avoid touching the relector?

Good point....

I would assume that as long as it is not a sealed unit (where the reflector is part of the lamp itself as opposed to something that simply surrounds the actual lamp) touching the refector would be OK. Having said that, I would be inclined not to risk it as it is going to get very hot too.