I bought a 100W (equlivalant) LED bulb for my bedroom. With my old eyes,
I cant read well, with a 60W bulb. The CFL bulb started acting like a
strobe light, so it was time to replace it. I did not want to buy
another CFL, so I bought the rather costly LED bulb. I was shocked to
feel the weight when I picked it up. Then I got it home and found that
it's too big for my fixture. The fixture is one of those (what they
call) "Boob Lights". It's only has one socket inside. Since the glass
dome wont fit, if I leave it off, the bulb is so heavy it's bending the
socket bracket down.
So, for now, I just stuck a 100W incandescent in it. I guess I'll just
have to buy a new fixture. I'm thinking about buying a two bulb fixture
and using two 60W (equliv) LED bulbs. This 100W bulb will work good in
By the way, the 100W LED is a Sylvania.
On 12/08/2015 04:51 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Don't know , but I had a similar problem with my eyes.
A few years back I got my first set of bifocals and just plain did not
The reading lamp over the bed was 60 watts and just by putting in a
75watt bulb was sufficient to allow me to read most print without glasses.
The photons from higher wattage bulbs are smaller which allow more of
them to go thru your pupil. That's why you can see better when you
use higher wattage bulbs. Either that or the bulbs are brighter. Arm
the photon torpedo's Mr. Sulu. Fire on my command....
| So, for now, I just stuck a 100W incandescent in it. I guess I'll just
| have to buy a new fixture.
Another option might be to get a 70w halogen.
They're now available encased in an incandescent-
style outer shell, to fit an incandescent fixture.
The 70w H is supposed to be equivalent to 100w
incandescent. I use them now for work lights. The
LEDs are getting better and cheaper, but I don't
like them as well for seeing detail.
I'm leary of halogens. They have a bad reputation for causing fires
because they are hotter than incandescents. Plus, the fixture I have, is
only rated at 60W. (Yea, I put in a 100W incan bulb, but I left the dome
glass off for now). I plan to buy a new fixture this weekend. I'll get
one that takes 2 bulbs, and use 2 60W LEDS.
That repuation stems from the unprotected bulbs in some
torchier fixtures in the early 90's. None of which have
been made for decades. Note that these fixtures used bulbs
originally designed for theatrical lighting.
Halogen bulbs in A19, R and PAR styles are no less safe than
On 12/8/2015 5:51 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm sad to hear you spent good money, and
bought a bulb that didn't fit. I don't know
why they are large and heavy.
I see a couple things you may do, if you wish.
1) Buy a new CFL, and get a different brand
that might work better
2) Use the 100 watt incadescent, and enjoy
the heat, since it's cold in most places
3) Different fixture, perhaps a long, straight
Best wishes, hope you find some thing that works
Mine IS dimmable, which I never needed, because I dont use dimmers. Wish
I knew this before I bought it.... I just bought this one since it was
the cheapest of the 100W ones.
Then it says on the box, "may not be compatible with all dimmers". And
says to go to their website for more info...
On 12/8/2015 5:51 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Hope you are getting your eyes examined.
I have very early stage AMD that only vitamins can help put off.
Also early stage cataracts. I don't need them worked on but maybe you do.
I've also been replacing 60 watt equivalent with 75 watt CFL's
Don't yet see 75 watt equivalent at reasonable price yet.
I have a lady in my church choir that has AMD. She has to travel 80
miles, once a month to get an injection into the eyeball. The other eye
is already too far gone. But, I understand there is now an injection
which last for a whole year.
And to keep this on topic, I can get Cree 40 and 60 watt equiv. from my
power company for about $2 each. The 75 and 100 are, as you say, still a
little pricey. So, use the CFL until the LED bulbs come down ... they
Nothing you can do about the AMD but it often leads to the wet kind that
can be treated. Right now I just have a slight smudging in the right
eye but that is where it goes, to the center, and can eventually ruin
your central vision.
I've got several 75 watt CFL's to burn through. Some of them have been
a PITA with some humming and some so white that they were only suitable
for outside use.
I'm still wondering what happened to the CFL that was in this fixture.
It was working fine, then suddenly got real dim. A minute later it
turned into a strobe light. That's when I knew it was time to replace
it, before it went up in sparks and smoke, because I did have one of
them do that some years ago. CFL's seem to be a PITA real often...
I got prescribed glasses about a year ago. But I dont like the bifocals.
I see distance fine, but cant read worth a shit. Paper is worse than the
computer monitor. To read paper, I need a lot of light. I probably have
12 reading glasses around here. Anywhere that I need to read something,
or use small screws, like the ones on outlets. I got glasses in almost
every room in the house, and in my workshop, garage, in my car, and even
a pair in the barn in case I have to give a measured medication to an
What is AMD?
What vitamins are helpful. I'd rather take vitamins than medications.
The 60W LEDs are cheap now, but anything above that is costly. I paid
around $15 for that one 100W equ bulb.
Car headlights at night really bother my eyes a lot more than they did
years ago. I'm not sure if it's my eyes, or all those super bright
lights they now use. Many of these newer headlights on dim are brighter
than the old incandescent headlights on bright. I think its the lights
more than my eyes, but I could be wrong.
On 12/8/2015 6:44 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You can be sure it is your aging eyes. Even worse is the night in the
This explains some of it:
When the eye is adapted to a specific light level, sources much more
intense than the prevailing level produce "glare." The most common
situation occurs at night, when the eye is generally adapted to dark,
but an oncoming car's headlights produce glare. The sun may produce
glare even during the day due to its high intensity.
In older people, the clouding of the eye's optics causes entering light
to scatter and to produce blinding glare. It is usually difficult for
younger people, with their clearer optics, to appreciate the enormous
debilitating effect that glare has on the elderly.
The LED bulbs are heavy because of the heatsinks that keep the bulb cool.
Heat destroys electronics.
Be careful! Most ceiling light fixtures are only rated for 60 watt bulbs to
limit the heat buildup. Also, the wiring in many older homes have
insulation that will break down with increased heat.
Installing a 100 watt incandescent bulb could damage the fixture and/or
wiring and potentially cause a fire. I replaced a couple of light fixtures
at my sister-in-laws old house where the insulation had become brittle from
the heat and left completely exposed wires in the attic.
If you're replacing the fixture, you might want to look at dedicated LED
fixtures instead of the traditional bulb type fixtures.
Otherwise, I frequently use 75W equivalent LED bulbs in my dual bulb
ceiling fixtures. This is safe because the LED bulbs don't put out the heat
that incandescents do. However, if you read the LED packaging you'll see
that 100W LED's are not recommended for enclosed fixtures due to the heat
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