I have a room that is primarily lit by two recessed lights - installed
at least 20 years ago. They take indoor floods, and I've always used
150 watt bulbs. Now I can't find the 150 watters anywhere - just 120
watts - and they are noticably dimmer. Can anyone suggest a suitable
replacement - maybe halogen? - that would give the same light as the
150 watt floods?
I've come across this kind of thing a lot. I know it's intended as an
energy-saving measure, but in practice one may replace the original
fitting by two and end up using a larger total wattage than before.
On 04/28/04 02:12 pm Sara put fingers to keyboard and launched the
following message into cyberspace:
When you shop for a bulb, look at the "Lumens" output not the "Wattage" .
The Lumens relate to how bright the bulb actually is and allows you to
directly compare brands. Wattage is only a rating of how much electricity
In the old days when there was only incandescent lighting and most
manufacturers essentially made the same thing, wattage became synonomus with
light output. This is not true anymore, you can get a 13W compact
fluorescent (CFL) that is as bright as a 55W incandescent. I have seen CFL
for outdoor use even brighter but don't know offhand the brightness, it
should be on the package.
With a diffuser, a CFL light should get you what you want (can't comment on
how well it wil fit your fixture though) and not seem like a shop light.
Best part is it will last longer and cost less to operate than the 150W you
are replacing. Check with your local utility for rebates on such lamps as
they do cost a bit more.
Several companies are now making CFL floods. 150W equivalent would be roughly
40W CFL. I've seen 45W CFL floods in commercial settings; I'm not sure of the
standard CFL floods out now.
But check the lumens, as Autotracer suggests, to be more accurate.
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