Light bulbs -- too many choices, too many decisions

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Old 11-01-13, 09:59 AM
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Light bulbs -- too many choices, too many decisions

I have an outdoor security light that uses a dusk-to-dawn sensor. The electrician mounted it under a fairly wide soffit (overhang) and it is not enclosed in a globe. The bulb has burned out. Can I replace it with a regular, common incandescent bulb, or does it require a special bulb of some kind?

I have read that for fire safety reasons you shouldn't use CFL spiral bulbs in dusk-to-dawn, dimmible fixtures.

Thanks to everyone for suggestions, advice, comments.

Irma
 
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Old 11-01-13, 10:20 AM
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The fixture is going to determine what types of bulbs can be used. Some ballasted fixtures use special bulbs like metal halide.

You are correct that CFL's and photosensors or motion sensors are typically not compatible.
 
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Take your old bulb into a store that specializes in lighting. Hand it to an employee and ask them to "turn this into a working bulb". BAM! No knowledge on lighting needed.
I would recommend trying to get an LED replacement if possible though. They last many years and use little energy.
 
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In the dark

Thanks to all for the advice. But can I just use a plain 'ol common, standard, incandescent light bulb in this dusk-to-dawn fixture?

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Old 11-02-13, 10:12 AM
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Yes you can use an incandescent bulb if it has a Edison base and no ballast. Saying it is dusk to dawn does not tell us what kind of light it is only how it is controlled. For all we know it could be sodium vapor or some other type of high intensity light. Can you post pictures of the bulb and fixture. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...-pictures.html
 
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