You are getting a bunch of BS answers. First, you
can use the maximum size stated on the fixture,
but don't use a bigger bulb. Some fixture don't
say anything but you can test it by putting your
hand on the shade which can get warm but not hot
unless it is metal. The real solution may be move
the fixture closer or buy new fixtures that use
larger or multiple bulbs, use fixture that are
shorter so the bulb is closer to the work area, or
buy fixtures that allow moving the bulb such as
a parallel extension light.
In addition to the possible harm to yourself and your environment, as
pointed out by others, it would most likely shorten the bulb life. If the
bulb can't dissipated the heat its life will be shortened.
Don <www.donwiss.com> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
a reading lamp for your fine print is 250 watts incandescent. try to
use the twist compact flourescents which put out about four times their
input wattage of light. reading your computer online version of the
local newspaper or favorite magazines is easiest when you change the
computer's VIEW - TEXT SIZE to what's comfortable for you, as well as
the focal distance from the eye to the monitor. time for LASIK followed
by some dollar store reading glasses...
I would make sure you have good bulbs. Not all 60 watt bulbs produce
the same amount of light. Good ones produce 845-890 lumens of light.
Dollar store junkers, Polaroid and Sunbeam junkers and superlonglife
vibration resistant ones produce 600-700 lumens, and 130V superlonglife
vibration resistant ones may produce about 500 lumens at 120V.
Compact fluorescents up to 26 watts (as bright as typical 100 watt
incandescents) should not overheat the fixture, although a 42 watt compact
fluorescent can make the fixture slightly hotter than a 60 watt
incandescent does. (Incandescents produce more infrared than fluorescents
- that's heat in the room but largely not in the fixture.)
However, compact fluorescents of more than about 20 watts (same light as
a typical 75 watt incandescent) can overheat themselves in downward facing
fixtures and small enclosed fixtures.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
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