Choosing a CFL (or LED?) bulb for outdoor light

Old 08-28-14, 06:47 AM
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Choosing a CFL (or LED?) bulb for outdoor light

I just installed a patio light that is rated for max 100W bulb. Do I understand it right that if I put a more powerful incandescent bulb (say 150W) the insides of the lamp may overheat? The 100W is not giving me a bright enough light so I want to have something brighter. So CFL (or maybe LED?) is the way to go, right? With something like 150-200W equivalent lumens. Now, I also would like a CFL light that warms up fast. Can you recommend a specific brand/model of CFL bulbs with a fast warm up? Or is LED better? I don't mind paying more for a bulb as long as it warms up fast and is bright enough. Thanks!
Old 08-28-14, 08:49 AM
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Yes, you can substitute a lower wattage higher lumen CFL or LED. For starting in cold weather LEDs are better and use fewer watts per lumen then CFL so a bit cheaper to use.

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