I have a couple of wall lights that are 'sealed' bathroom type lights and
use G9 capsule bulbs. The highest recommended bulb power is 25 watts which
is somewhat dim!
Is the heat given off by a 40 watt G9 bulb likely to be considerably higher
and likely to cause problems? The glass shades on the wall lights (which
are not actually being used in the bathroom but as reading lights over a
bed) are cylindrical and a bit like inverted bottles, they have a diameter
of about an inch and a half. I wonder if I cut the tops off the glass shades
and allowed ventilation to get in and around the bulb whether that would
allow for the use of a higher power bulb?
The units can be seen here:
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If you can remove the tops and provide air inlets at the bottom, the
odds are that the fitting and shade temperatures will actually /decrease/.
However, this is still not using the fitting iaw the manufacturer's
recommendations. If a serious fire did result, say as a result of a
fault within the fitting and nothing to do with your modification, you
run the risk that the insurance company may decline or be reluctant to
pay - if the modifications and higher than recommended lamp wattage were
discovered during the investigation.
I would suggest measuring the shade temperature before and after
modification and with and without a higher wattage bulb. That will also
give you the peace of mind of knowing that anyone touching the shade
will not get a serious burn as a result.
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