My recessed lighting in the basemnt has 120 watt GE Watt-miser indoor
incandescent flood light bulbs. I am about to put in carpeting and I
suddenly realized that everything looks really dingy -- because of the
lighting. Is there an alternative fuller spectrum bulb at this wattage
that anyone knows about?
You might look into "full spectrum" compact flourescent bulbs, if your
recessed cans are rated for them. They are available in "150W
Halogen is your only clear answer, but the CFs are good if you can take
a drop in light level. The CF makers like to fudge their comparisons
just as your "Watt Miser" is a replacement for the old 150 standards,
close but not really there.
The 120s gives about 1600 lumens (total light output) the typical CF
will only give about 1200 lumens. A halogen 120 halogen can reach 1900
You might also check your wiring. Yellowing is a sign of lower voltage
at the lamp.
Jeff Wisnia wrote:
OK, so if I understand correctly, I should remove a bulb, get up there
with a flashlight and see if the inside of the can says what it is
How would I check whether the yellowing is due to wiring issues?
Yes, there should be a very clear label that states the types of bulbs
allowed. It might include variations of the fixture because many
recessed lights are sold in two parts, the "can" and the "trim". If the
label is on the can then it has to list all possible trims.
Test the voltage, anything below 100V is definitely too low!
(If you don't know how or have the tester then hire it out! Home
electrical accidents are very common these days.)
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