The Watt Size Limitations of Light Fixtures
Why You Should Never Oversize a Light Bulb
Staying Within the Specifications for Light Bulbs
Question: Can I put a 250 watt light bulb in a light fixture that indicates 150w max?
Background: Joe, a Homeowner from Midway, Utah
Thanks for your electrical question Joe.
You Should Never Oversize a Light Bulb
- NO, I advise you NOT to do this!
- The larger watt light bulb will overheat the lamp socket
- Overheating the light fixture components will create excess heat and a potential hazardous condition
- Excess heat can start a fire which we never want to see happen
- Always stay with the specifications of the light fixture when using light bulbs
- If additional lighting is needed then an additional light fixture may be required
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