Globes that are missing on light fixtures may be only aesthetic in nature or can be a safety concern.
Bulbs without protection
- Get broken easier when bumped or hit
- May result in small cuts or eye injuries
- Some types have small amounts of mercury in them; such as, fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
- May get very hot on the surface and if against or close to combustionable materials may create a fire
The surface temperature of a 100 watt bulb can reach a temperature of 400 to 550 degrees.
Storage items on closets shelves may accidently fall against light fixtures in the closet. Should the fixture not have a globe to prevent something from touching or getting very close to the bulb, then there exist a fire potential.
Having a globe over a light fixture provides additional safety for a buyer and the light looks better.
Who to consult? Home owner or handyman.
Light fixtures missing globes are a safety concern. Home owners or handymen can easily correct this.