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Old 08-11-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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Could anyone explain if its o.k to buy table lamps in u.k and use them in Barbados after changing the bulb to 110 volt and changing the plug to a barbados one , also is it the same for light fitting to be used there after buying here once again changing the bulbs to 110 volt they are on 50 cycle but that means nothing to me , its sounds an easy question but no one seems to be able to give me a firm answer i cant see any probs but can anyone else?

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The light fixture taking an ordinary incandescent bulb will work just fine at the lower voltage and different AC frequency.

Non-incandecent fixtures and also compact fluorescent bulbs substituted for an incandescent, must be rated for the voltage and AC frequency being used.

Going the other way, namely a 110 volt fixture being used on 220 volts, it is a little tricky. Here the fixture itself must also be rated for 220 volts (most are). A minor difference, say using 240 instead of 220 volts, does not matter.

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The lifetime of incands. is very sensitive to applied voltage [less so for brightness] so if your power is erratic I'd get lamps rated at higher than expected voltage and live with the reduced brightness.
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The lifetime of incands. is very sensitive to applied voltage [less so for brightness] so if your power is erratic I'd get lamps rated at higher than expected voltage and live with the reduced brightness.

many thanks would you use 240 volt bulbs in a 110 volt supply ..is that o.k ? i assume the light given out will be something like 1/2 what it should be
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many thanks would you use 240 volt bulbs in a 110 volt supply ..is that o.k ? i assume the light given out will be something like 1/2 what it should be
Nah, you'll get almost no light.
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