Best bulbs for enclosed ceiling lights

Old 08-15-16, 08:42 PM
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Best bulbs for enclosed ceiling lights

We keep our house warm, and have some ceiling light fixtures that are enclosed with poor ventilation and I imagine pretty hot inside. I thought I should use low watt appliance bulbs in them since they can withstand heat. These lights remain on most of the day. Do you see anything wrong with this?
Old 08-16-16, 04:36 AM
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Generally there is a tag inside the light fixture that states the max watt rating. As long as you don't exceed that rating everything should be fine. You can always go to a lower watt bulb but will that give you enough light?
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What type ceiling fixtures do you have? Are they recessed lights? You could opt for LED bulbs, get more lumens at a fraction of the heat and cost over time.
Old 08-16-16, 05:51 AM
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Always read the fine print on the ballast for both CFL and LED bulbs. Some are not for enclosed luminaries.

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