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Old 06-29-2007, 10:45 AM   #1
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Switching to CFL (Compact Fluorescent light)

I have a ceiling fixture that is rated for 3 60watt bulbs. I am considering changing the bulbs over to CFL's.

Since the actual wattage used by CFL bulbs is significantly less than a traditional bulb is can upgrade the light output when I switch bulbs?

By this I mean.... Can I pull out the traditional 60 watt bulb and stick in a CFL that is rated to provide the equilivant of 100 watts of light yet in reality it is only really consuming 23 watts to provide that light?

Common sense tells me that this should be perfectly fine since I am not asking the fixture to provide more wattage than it is ratted for.

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this is perfectly fine I think too...


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Old 06-29-2007, 04:49 PM   #3
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The watt rating of the fixture is really how much HEAT the fixture can handle. I don't know how the heat ratings between incandescent and CFLs match up. The CFL bulb is cool, but the ballast part can get warm. Might be something to look into.

A little off subject, but I want to mention that the fixture ratings are NO JOKE! If it says 75 watt incandescent, DO NOT put a larger incandescent bulb in! You can cause a fire! I've seen some serious damage done due to ignoring the ratings!
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:08 AM   #4
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Rather than increasing the wattage on the CFL, try getting the "bright" or "daylight" version of the lower wattage CFL bulb versus the "soft white" that most people get.

I did some of my lights last fall and started out with the soft whites but went up to brights becasue the soft whites were just too dim.
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