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Old 06-02-2016, 09:52 AM   #1
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Foreign Lightbulbs (Chinese)


I'm not sure if anyone would know this but thought it was worth a shot.

I'm trying to figure out if Chinese lightbulbs will work in the US. I have the specs for the Chinese bulbs but they are LED bulbs and I'm having a hard time figuring out how to convert the specs to American specs to see if they are compatible.

I read (Google) that European bulbs are made for 220 so they can be used in the US but will be dimmer because we use 110. But I can't find anything like that on Chinese bulbs.

Anyone have any information/knowledge that might help?

Thanks in advance for your time.

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Voltage , frequency , base size. If it's not UL approved then don't buy the unsafe China crap. If it's not approved for use in North America and you burn your house down, you are at fault.
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Re: Foreign Lightbulbs (Chinese)


A 220 volt or 240 volt LED lamp may or may not work at all on 120 volts.

While you could construct a fixture with a transformer for the lamps, the fixture would not be "approved" e.g. with the Underwriters Labs seal of approval.

What are the specs you have?
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Re: Foreign Lightbulbs (Chinese)


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I'm not sure if anyone would know this but thought it was worth a shot.

I'm trying to figure out if Chinese lightbulbs will work in the US. I have the specs for the Chinese bulbs but they are LED bulbs and I'm having a hard time figuring out how to convert the specs to American specs to see if they are compatible.

I read (Google) that European bulbs are made for 220 so they can be used in the US but will be dimmer because we use 110. But I can't find anything like that on Chinese bulbs.

Anyone have any information/knowledge that might help?

Thanks in advance for your time.

Tami Brock
1 - Depends on the voltage rating
if they say 120v yes they work
if they say 220/230/240 no they may not work.

2 - how do you convert Chinese spec's to American spec's ?
please elaborate ?

3 - The chinese do make 120v Led lamps as well,
But 220v are NOT what you want.
you want 120v led lamps.

4 - Be careful as the quality of some Chinese can be quite poor.

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Re: Foreign Lightbulbs (Chinese)


Also want to know!
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Also want to know!
What do you want to know ?

Weather you can use 220v Leds on 120V ?

The answer is NO !

If you want to buy chinese Leds then they must be 120v not 240v.
They do make 120v versions as well.

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Re: Foreign Lightbulbs (Chinese)


Mains voltage LED lamps are usually specified as being designed to operate on either
AC 110 V to 120 V
AC 220 V to 240 V
AC 86 V to 265 V
- or similar ranges of voltages.

Those that have specifications like "AC 86 V to 265 V" (like many small current devices) would have a "Switch Mode" Power Supply and are unlikely to be "dimmable".
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I have the specs for the Chinese bulbs. Tami Brock
can you post a picture of these spec's please ?
Or post a link ?

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