Can I use a 50 watt bulb in a 20 watt desk lamp?

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Old 02-05-15, 11:11 PM
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I have a little Ikea desk lamp. the bulb burned out and when I was at the store I forgot what bulb to get so I got a 50 watt one. when i got home I saw it says "max 20 watt". What would happen if I overlamp and use this 50 watt? Like, is there actually a risk of fire or melting with a bulb this tiny or is it just a legal precaution?



 
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Old 02-05-15, 11:53 PM
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Yes, there is definitely chance of the lamp overheating to the point of catching fire. Fifty in a lamp rated for twenty is two and one-half times the recommended wattage.
 
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Watts directly equals heat in an incandescent light. Over lamping could damage the fixture and/or make it so hot that you be severely burned from an accidental touch of the top part.
 
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Old 02-06-15, 11:03 PM
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The transformer is probably rated for a maximum of 20W, too.
 
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