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DIYGST 12-28-2012 02:48 AM

60W max, can you use 100W equivalent CFL (23W?)
 
I have light fixtures that has a sticker that says 60W max bulb. I wanted to know can I put 100W equivalent CFL which draws 23W?

kbsparky 12-28-2012 07:05 AM

You are proposing to use a 23 watt bulb in a fixture that is rated for 60 watts maximum?

I see no problem with that, as long as the bulb physically fits, and is rated for use in permanently installed (or enclosed if the case may be) fixtures.

gregzoll 12-28-2012 08:40 AM

It is just going to be brighter.

Ocelaris 12-28-2012 02:10 PM

Yes you can, the rating is based on heat threshold, assuming a 60w incandescent source, in a can light typically you have a temperature sensor which will cut off the light if it gets too hot. But you didn't mention if it was a can light or stand alone fixture.

joed 12-28-2012 03:18 PM

The bulb you want to use is only a 23 watt bulb so you can use it. The CFL equivalent rating are only for advertising.

dmxtothemax 12-28-2012 05:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DIYGST (Post 1081014)
I have light fixtures that has a sticker that says 60W max bulb. I wanted to know can I put 100W equivalent CFL which draws 23W?

These maximum limits are based on standard incandesant lamps !
And are really a heat rating.

Using a CFL of any size will be fine,
as they dont produce much heat
when compared to incandesant lamps.


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