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Electrical Question: Can I safely replace a 60watt incandescent bulb with a 60 watt CFL?
I need information about using a Higher Watt Compact Fluorescent in a Light Fixture.
- I have a bathroom lighting fixture which requires 2 incandescent bulbs.
- The maximum wattage bulb that is safely allowed is 60 watts.
- A while back, one of the bulbs seemingly burned out but, in trying to replace it, I realized that that side of the fixture had developed a problem such that a perfectly good bulb will no longer light when screwed in.
- Consequently the lighting in that room is now inadequate.
- I would like the room to be brighter but the fixture needs to be changed or repaired.
- Your show sparked the notion in my mind that it might make more sense (be easier) to just replace the bulb with a CFL.
According to information I have:
- If you are replacing an incandescent bulb with a CFL, you may not need a higher wattage bulb to get the same amount of light.
- A CFL uses around 20 percent of the power (wattage) to create the same amount of light.
- A 13-watt CFL produces about the same amount of light as a 60-watt bulb, so you can actually use less wattage by switching to a 13-watt CFL. If you want a stronger bulb, a 23-watt CFL gives you more light at a safe wattage than if you had been using a 60-watt incandescent bulb.
Again the bathroom is not well lit enough now.
- Can I safely rectify this by replacing the 60-watt incandescent bulb with, for example, a 60 watt CFL? Based on the quoted language from other sources, it seems that should give me 4 to 5 times as much light which would be ideal.
- I like to read and do other work with a 200 watt incandescent bulb. What watt ranges are CFLs available in? If I were to replace my 200 watt incandescent bulbs with for example 40 or 60 watt CFLs, would I have the same amount of light?
- As I mentioned, the problem fixture is located in a bathroom. The fact is that something happened to the glass which used to cover the bulbs and I believe the moisture from the shower, etc. is what damaged the half of the fixture which will no longer work. The insulation around the wire became frayed and I can see that the wire leading to the ceramic is the problem. Also the metal structure of the fixture is pitted. Is not having the fixture covered a fire hazard?
This electrical wiring question came from: Martin, a Homeowner from Auburndale, New York.
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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Martin.
Replacing Light Bulbs with CFL or LED Lights
Guide to Upgrading Light Fixtures and Light Bulbs to Energy Efficient CFL and LED Lamps.
- Replacing Light Fixtures: Consider replacing damaged light fixtures with a new fixture that has the energy efficient light bulbs included which will produce the desired amount of light for you.
- Lumen and Watts: A lumen is the measurement of the amount of light that is produced, and a watt is the measurement of the electricity that is consumed. Thanks to improvements in energy efficient lighting technologies a CFL or LED lamp will produce a higher amount of light while consuming less watts of electricity.
- Example of Light Output and Energy Savings: For Example, a 13 watt CFL lamp will produce the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb, so you are reducing your energy consumption by 47 watts of electricity.
- CFL and LED Lamps: There are an increasing number of low cost CFL and LED replacement lamps with a variety of lumen output and color corrected light. Installing these new lamps into traditional incandescent screw base light sockets may be ideal for achieving a higher level of light compared to incandescent bulbs.
- Replacing Old Light Bulbs: When replacing old light bulbs with a new lamp with an approved rating, the lamp will still require the same covering and protection provided by the original light fixture components.
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