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Andrewd
"larger" CFL's in ceiling fixture?

I have a ceiling fixture in my kitchen rated for 3 60W incandescent bulbs. If I'm going to use CFLs I'd like to up the output. Can I safely use 75W equivalents (1200 lumens, 19W)?

Since they use far less power I think it's OK, but I'd hate to start a fire on an assumption.

Timothy Miller
Re: "larger" CFL's in ceiling fixture?

Howdy so glad you asked. YES even better a 75 CFL draws only 10 watts Verses your 60 watt drawing incandescent bulb.Yippee
!!!each one will save you $$$$ . Now even better there are 3 hues, colors, of bulb 2100 is almost same color as incandescent and 5000 is daylight and some people say a blue color. So replace all your light bulbs and have a much cooler home in summer-incandescent bulbs give off allot of heat. bulbs. and more $$$ in your pocket for years to come.

dj1
Re: "larger" CFL's in ceiling fixture?

It's all very nice with those CFLs, except they won't last as long as advertised. In English that spells "ripoff".

ed21
Re: "larger" CFL's in ceiling fixture?

I've noticed that some cfl's say "not for use in enclosed fixtures". Just saying.
I still find the cfl's that don't light instantly a bit annoying especially in lights that get turned on & off a lot, but most seem to be getting better.

motoguy128
Re: "larger" CFL's in ceiling fixture?
ed21 wrote:

I've noticed that some cfl's say "not for use in enclosed fixtures". Just saying.
I still find the cfl's that don't light instantly a bit annoying especially in lights that get turned on & off a lot, but most seem to be getting better.

+1. You'll find they will only last a couple years in an enclosed fixture. IN a open or semi-open fixture, you can get away using a higher output bulb. Although the lighting can be harsh.

CFL's are not good for sort duration use and frequent on-off applications. They have a finite number of on/off cycles before the ballasts fail. Plus you don't get much payback unless they are used a couple hours a day.

keith3267
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quote: "CFL's are not good for sort duration use and frequent on-off applications. They have a finite number of on/off cycles before the ballasts fail. Plus you don't get much payback unless they are used a couple hours a day."

And yet, they are the law.

To the OP, the 75 watt equivalent CFL will not last very long in your fixture. While not a fire hazard, you will find that the ballasts will burn out quickly due to heat build up and short cycles. If fact, they will last only about a third the life of a 60 watt incandescent light bulb. So much for long life.

ed21
Re: "larger" CFL's in ceiling fixture?

I have an eq. 75 watt cf in an enclosed globe pendant in my kitchen that has lasted more years than I can remember. I wish it would burn out so I can replace it with something with a better color rating. (a daylight rating is not what you want). If I wasn't so cheap I would change it out now.

keith3267
Re: "larger" CFL's in ceiling fixture?

I have a small CFL in a globe fixture in the laundry road and it has lasted for quite some time, but in the kitchen, I used two 60 equiv. CFL's in place of the incandescent bulbs and they burned out every couple of weeks. Went back to incandescent. When I can't get 60 watt bulbs any longer, I'll get a new fixture, it will be cheaper in the long run.

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