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  • Maximum bulb wattage question

    I have a light fixture that says it can use a 60-watt maximum bulb. It seems that a typical 13W CFL is the equivalent of 60 watts of incandescent light. What is the maximum bulb wattage I can use if I install a CFL bulb? Thank you.

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    It would be still 60 watts as wattage is a power rating not light output, lumens is light output. you can increase the comparable lumens just do not exceed the the 60 watt maximum power rating.
    Last edited by akaothermick; 10-31-2018, 08:25 PM.

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    • #3
      Here's a comparison table, that includes LED wattage as well as CFL, for a range of lumens. From Viribright dot com website, (forum won't let me post link),


      Lumens (Brightness) LED Watts (Viribright) CFL Watts Incandescent Watts
      400 – 500 6 – 7W 8 – 12W 40W
      650 – 850 7 – 10W 13 – 18W 60W
      1000 – 1400 12 – 13W 18 – 22W 75W
      1450-1700+ 14 – 20W 23 – 30W 100W
      2700+ 25 – 28W 30 – 55W 150W

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      • #4
        Originally posted by wjcroft View Post
        Here's a comparison table, that includes LED wattage as well as CFL, for a range of lumens.
        Thank you.

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