Electrical Wiring in the Home/electrical wattage

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If an electrical fixture says to use maximum 60 watt light bulbs, can you use a cfl bulb with a greater light output as long as it uses less than 60 watts?

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Hello Jan,
Thank you for contacting All Experts my name is Robert and ill be helping you today and in response to your question YES you can most definitely use A higher wattage CFL bulb as long as you'll wattage of the bulb is under 60w and the reason for that is b/c most 60w bulb bases are made from plastic and 100w bulb bases all made from ceramic thus being able to handle more heat and that is the whole reason behind a maximum of 60 watts because of the heat generated from the bulb base, and CFL bulbs produce much less heat and i believe the most you will see in home depot is 26w so go ahead and enjoy a brighter room lastly if i may recommend they cost a little bit more however LED bulbs are brighter and produce half the heat and electricity CFL bulbs do and in the long run you will save much more on your electric bill and the price of these bulbs have dropped a a great deal since last year and is now affordable for the home owner. I hope that i was able to answer your question and i ask that you fill out the servey for me. Thank You
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Robert Tomasulo

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I am here to answer ALL your questions regarding anything to do with home wiring such as Switches, Receptacles,Lighting, Main Distribution Panels, HVAC, Thermostats, etc; if it has a wire and in your home I CAN ANSWER IT. Whether its as simple as "why do my lights flicker?" Or as complex as I would like to rewire my house im here to help, in addition i can offer advice on remodeling a kitchen or lighting up you back yard as well as offering troubleshooting on appliances.

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I have over 17 years in the electrical industry including Residential, Commercial & Industrial, Im also a certified HVAC technician as well as a certified fiber obtic technician.I am currently employed by the New York City Transit Authority as the Senior Electrical Maintainer and serve as the Relief Foreman for the electrical maintenance division for the past 12 years.I also hold many certifications, licenses and certificates in my field

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FOA Member(Fiber Optic Association) UTU (United Transportation Union) IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) HVAC/TALK (Heating & Air conditioning troubleshooting group)

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5 years of technical school after high school in electrical installation and design sponsored by Local 3 (IBEW) As well as over 17 years of hands on in the field training and education, and till this day im still learning, Not a day goes by that i don't learn something and if i feel i didn't i will open up a book to insure I DO!

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