100 Watts LED bulb in a incandescent 60 watts light bulb socket


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Old 05-13-21, 10:58 AM
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100 Watts LED bulb in a incandescent 60 watts light bulb socket

In a typically house most bulbs sockets are 60 watts for a incandescent light bulb. I can only tell from what kind of bulbs are in there. I don't know what is maximum watt of bulb one can put in these sockets safely. I never experimented with it.

Now, newer LED bulbs consume much less electricity. Can one add 100 watts LED bulb in a bulb socket which used to take 60 watts incandescent light bulb without any risk of over heat and fire? As a matter of fact 100 watt LED bulb consumes much less electricity than 60 watts of incandescent light bulb.

My bathrooms feel dark (even with higher Kelvin bulbs) and I could use more light.
 
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Old 05-13-21, 11:03 AM
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Are you asking about an LED bulb that actually consumes 100 watts or a bulb that is advertised as a 100w equivalent that actually only pulls 11 or 13 watts? It is the actually watts consumed that matters. So, an 11 watt LED bulb in a fixture rated for 60 watts maximum is OK. Putting a 100 watt LED bulb in a fixture rated for 60 watts maximum is NOT ok.
 
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Old 05-13-21, 11:09 AM
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I am asking about LED bulb which consumes like 80 -90% less energy than incandescent light bulb.
 
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Old 05-13-21, 12:25 PM
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You must look at the package and see what the true watts of the bulb are, not the big advertising equivalent wattage. That is the wattage that matters.
 
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Old 05-13-21, 02:22 PM
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If you are putting a 100w incandescent equivalent (actual draw about 10 watts) LED into a socket rated for 60w maximum incandescent bulb, then yes, you are fine.
 
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Old 05-13-21, 03:27 PM
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Wattage is wattage. Most light fixtures are rated at maximum of 60 watts. Doesn't matter what kind of bulb. Like Joed says look at the fine print not the big print. The only "problem" you might find is if the LED bulb is in an enclosed globe or a globe that the bulb faces down. The bulb itself does not produce much heat. You can usually grab it without harm. All the heat in in the base where the ballast is located. As a result if in one of the globes described above then you will see a shorter life span. But it's not unsafe. However, be aware, brand, cost and quality do make a difference. Some of the cheap LED's may burn out quickly or might even short out showing a possible spark. But that is unusual.
 
 

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