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Hi,

I'm wondering what the clearance is from a bare incandescent bulb to a wall (drywall). Does it change based on the wattage of the bulb (60W vs 100W)?

(From what I've read it seems it needs to be enclosed and/or 12 inches away but I'd like a definitive answer.)

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Don't think you are going to find a definitive answer. If you can't hold your finger on the wall while the light is on, its probably getting to at least 130 degrees F. That is likely hot enough to burn the paint and paper drywall covering, over a period of time.
 

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Where is this an issue? Open bulbs are not allowed in clothes closet.
 

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This is not in a closet. The bulb at its nearest point is an inch away from the wall.
I can't imagine a scenario where you would install a fixture that close to a wall. Can you enlighten us?
 
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