What happens if you put a higher wattage bulb in a lamp?
Using a light bulb with too high of wattage can lead to overheating of the light bulb. This heat can melt the light socket as well as the insulation of the wires. Once that happens, you put yourself at risk of arc faults, and this is something that could even lead to property fires.
Is it OK to put a 60W bulb in a 40W lamp?
Higher wattage alone doesn’t make the bulb burn out faster, but the rating partially has to do with heat/fire. For example, the fixture may only be designed to handle the heat of a 40W. Put in a 60W and the heat increases, there’s not enough ventilation, and the bulb prematurely fails due to the higher heat.
Can you put a higher Watt bulb in a lower Watt lamp?
When it comes to replacing old incandescent bulbs with LEDs, a common question that customers ask is: “Can I use an LED bulb that has a higher wattage equivalent than my fixture allows?” The simple answer is yes, as long as the LED bulb uses less wattage than your fixture.
Can you put any Watt bulb in a lamp?
Yes, you certainly can use bulbs of different wattages in your fixture. The fact that one socket pulls more current is not important. Bulb size is mostly a matter of light distribution and heat management. It’s not relevant here as long as you don’t have them up against something flammable or enclosed too tightly.
Can I use 75 watt bulb in 60-watt lamp?
If your fixture is rated to accept 60 Watts, you can safely use 75W, 100W, or even 125W equal bulbs (which all draw less than 50 Watts of power) instead.
What happens if you put the wrong wattage bulb?
Because of the heat generated, using a light bulb with a higher wattage than specified may cause the light fixture to overheat. Overheating damages the fixture and may melt the socket holding the light bulb, causing a fire.
Can I use a 60W bulb in a 25w lamp?
Yes, that’s fine. The ‘maximum wattage’ rating listed on a light fixture is actual watts, not incandescent-equivalent-watts.
Can you put a 75 watt bulb in a 40 watt lamp?
Yes! The fixture refers to the old incandescent rating. Or any bulb that meets 50 watts. Remember, wattage is the power draw (similar to amperage) that the fixture will handle.
Is it safe to use bulb with lower wattage?
If you will use a lower wattage bulb in your fixture you will have less light than before, choosing a lower wattage bulb is fine as long you understand that you are compromising on light output (this statement is correct only for incandescent and halogen bulbs).