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Old 12-13-2016, 09:34 PM   #1
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My daughters closet has a 13W curly bulb.

The fixture doesn't say how large a bulb can be used. I always worry about too large (wattage) overheating and causing a fire. I'm going to buy a LED bulb but how do I know how large I can go? I'd have 100 W bulbs everywhere if it was up to me.

Another thing, what color is most natural?

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Nothing to worry about. The CFL and LED bulbs give off very little heat as compared to the incandescence bulb
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Hi starting,
Not exactly an electrician, but you should change that light to an approved fixture for a closet.
Anyway, the color is is a personal preference. I like the 5,000K but I'm old and my eyes enjoy that color, except when I'm headed to bed. I have a 3000K lamp I use then.

As for needing 100w equivalent in a closet, try a 60 or 75w equivalent in the 5000K color. They are very bright. I started when LEDs first came out trying different ones. The ones I didn't care for have been relocated to less important places. Some will last forever as they will rarely be used. But in my high use areas I have mostly 60w equivalent in that 5,000K and LOVE them.

And BTW I leave far more light on during the night than ever before and my electric bills are well below what they were. I'm deaf so need the lights at night so I can see if the puppies are barking at someone inside my home. No one so far.

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Old 12-13-2016, 10:19 PM   #5
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thanks, both of you. I'm afraid I'm light bulb challenged. Next time she has an electrician there I'll remind her to get a new fixture.

bud, do you have one of those smoke alarms that flashes lights for hearing impaired people? I always thought that was a good invention.
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That light would be rate up to 60 watts.
And maybe not up to current code, but would be grandfathered in.
I would leave it.

Just because no globe and concern with heat.

But again newer bulbs no heat.

So use a 100 watt equivalent LED which is a 14 watt bulb.
So that fixture could really handle one 60 watt old incadescent bulb, or 4 of the 14 watt LEDs if you were worried about safety. And had a splitter so you could actually have 4 places to screw in a bulb.

So just get one 100 watt equivalent LED which is a 14 watt bulb.
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@Star ting "bud, do you have one of those smoke alarms that flashes lights for hearing impaired people? I always thought that was a good invention."
Actually, I would need an earthquake simulator to get me up at night. My current solution is my puppy dogs, 3 mini-dachshunds. They know what is happening inside and outside and if their barking doesn't get my attention they are all over me. False alarms do interrupt my sleep but at least I know the house is secure.

There are several companies that make all sorts of devices for the deaf and hearing impaired and when my puppies pass on I will go electronic.

As for the light fixture, it is just a good change. Having an Edison base someone in the future could change back to a traditional hot bulb. Daughters are important no matter what age .

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The curly (cfl) bulbs give off heat but less than a traditional bulb. Most LED bulbs give off very little heat and in my opinion would be far safer in a closet. I just reached over and wrapped my hand around a 40 watt equivalent LED; barely warm.

Most, us old folks aside, prefer a bulb in the 3000K range for general lighting. Lumens desired is a personal determination. This guide may help: blog.1000bulbs.com/home/how-many-lumens-do-i-need .
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Most of those keyless lamp holders are rated for 600 or 660 watts depending on mfg.
Having an exposed hanging bulb in a closet is a poor idea. I would change it out to a low profile fixture or a puck fixture.

Incandescent light is 2700k, so I look for it in CFL or LED bulbs. I find 3000k close enough to use when i cant find the 2700k. I do not like the 5000k-6500k light, I find it glaring. Some people claim it gives more light, but they are confusing the glare for brightness.

The quantity of light can be compared in lumens given on the package. The color of the light is personal preference.
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Could not be easier, screw it in.
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:21 PM   #12
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just use a basic 60w equivalent led bulb (often 8-10w rating), they sell them for 2$!
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