light bulbs and wattage

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Old 04-02-08, 06:34 PM
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light bulbs and wattage

I know that if a light fixture is rated for a 60 watt incandescent bulb that you can't use any more then that. I am wondering about halogena or compact florescent bulbs, which say that they use the power of a 60 (or less) but produce more light. Since they use less power then a traditional bulb, it would seem that they would produce less heat....and might be ok to use?
I would love to get more light out of my 60 watt fixtures without changing them, but I don't want to violate any codes or saftey rules....just wondering if there is a "legal" way to do that...
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Fixtures are rated at the real watts not the equivalent light output watts. A 23 watt CFL with a 100 equivalent is a 23 watt lamp as far as the fixture is concerned.
 
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