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Old 01-02-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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I have a cattery/ small bathroom in my garage. There is one light socket in the ceiling with no fixture of any kind. I want to put in some kind of bulb to heat the little room as much as possible but don't want to burn the garage down. I have no idea how high the ceiling socket is rated. Any suggestions out there? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated - Thanks!

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This type of fixture is NOT designed for a heat lamp. DO NOT use one there.

Typically these lamp holders will accept 150A regular lamp, sometimes more.

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Most of those sockets seem to have a rating of 150w but without knowing for sure I would not put anything more then a 100w bulb. you can probably unscrew the socket from the wiring box and look under it, sometimes the rating is there.
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Porcelain Edison base can normally handle 100 watts, maybe 125. Plastic Edison base can be rated to a max of 100, but normally they only allow for max of 60 watts.
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THANK YOU ONE AND ALL ~ EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO KNOW!
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If the wiring is up to par for the ceiling (ie 12/2, 20 amp circuit), you may be able to use a ceiling heater/light combo. If able to pull another circuit for just a ceiling heater/exhaust fan, go with that if just an exhaust fan in the room with light on it.
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Usually a 100a bulb will heat a small room up to some degree
I used to run (2) 100a bulbs in lamps in my small bedroom as a kid to heat my room up
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660 watts.

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