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Old 08-30-2007, 09:26 PM   #1
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Can a compact fluorescent lamp get wood on fire?

Hi, I just joined the forum and I have a couple of questions. What is the minimum temperature for wood to ignite and will a screw-in compact fluorescent lamp less than 50 watts reach that temperature?

The reason I'm asking is because I mounting 2 15 watts CFL's to a wooden hood I made myself with 1/4" plywood and I'm scared it might catch fire.

I made a hood like this:


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Old 08-31-2007, 07:27 AM   #2
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WHY on this earth did you make it out of WOOD?!?!?!!!!!

I don't care what lamp you are using in that thing. Take it apart and make a shelf out of it.

Doesn't the mere fact that you made this statement:
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......and I'm scared it might catch fire.
even clue you in to whether or not you should be doing this???


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Old 08-31-2007, 09:19 AM   #3
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Wood is a conductor.

No, I don't think the heat from the actual bulb is the issue, it is the other parts of the housing / circuit.
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This dude is so stoned .... lite or no lite ...growin' his boo.....
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