Electrical Wiring in the Home/Bulb wattage for a floor lamp


I recently inherited a beautiful, older (1980s I think) La Bella floor lamp from my parents. I have looked high and low on the lamp for a max watts label and can't find it. I also tried to look it up on the web and can't find it there either, too old I'm guessing. It has an old 75w bulb in it.

The only thing I found was on the bottom of a floor on/off switch that is wired to the lamp, which had the following symbols on it:

Portable lamp
A.M. 5136

and a few others I can't read or decipher.  I'd like to use a 100 or 150 in it. Anyway to figure out what it can handle?



Hi Ellen,

Interesting question. The bulb wattage is for fire safety. I would look at the fixture's construction if it is not labeled. Is the socket ceramic or plastic? If you socket is ceramic I think you will be OK with the higher wattage. To be safe you could look for an LED or CLF bulb. These types of bulbs do not get as hot. You can safely have a higher light output without the fire issues standard bulb present.  
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