How do I know which light bulb to buy?

Here’s what you need to know about which light bulb to buy:
  • Light Bulb Shape and Base. Shape: Light bulbs tend to be described by their designated shape name, such as globe, reflector or spiral. …
  • Watts and Lumens. …
  • Color Rendering Index (CRI) …
  • Color Temperature. …
  • UNDERSTANDING COLOR TEMPERATURE OF LIGHT BULBS. …
  • Voltage. …
  • Sources.

How do I know what size light bulb I need?

The light bulb size is determined by the maximum overall diameter (MOD) of the bulb’s shell. It is represented in eighths of an inch (1/8″). It’s also important to keep in mind the bulb’s length (or height) that is defined as the maximum overall length (MOL) expressed in inches.

How do you know if a light bulb is compatible?

The three main and most important characteristics you must match with the replacement bulbs are the lamps voltage, wattage and base. The secondary characteristics of your bulb are bulb shape, type, lumens, color temperature and life.

How do I know what watt LED bulb to buy?

Wattage equivalents, usually on the front of the package, are only meant to get you in the ballpark. If you’re replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb, you’ll want an LED that produces about 1,600 lumens. A replacement for a 40-watt incandescent bulb should produce about 450 lumens.

Are all light bulbs the same size?

Numbers in a bulb code indicate size in millimeters or eighths of an inch. These codes will tell you if a bulb will fit in your fixture and if it’s the right shape. For every light fixture or application, there’s going to be a specific bulb or light bulb shape that will fit best and provide the right type of light.

What is the most common light bulb size?

An E26 is the most common base size used in the manufacturing of incandescent, CFL, LED, and halogen light bulbs. The “E” stands for Edison and “26” means the base diameter measures 26 millimeters across.

WHAT LED bulb equals 60 watts?

As a general benchmark, an 800 lumen LED bulb produces the same amount of light as a traditional incandescent 60-Watt light bulb.

What is a 9 watt LED bulb equivalent to?

9W LED A19 Light Bulb – Equivalent to 60W – Non Dimmable – 3000K Soft White Glow – 800 Lumens – E26 Base – UL Listed.

Is bright white or daylight brighter?

Bright white (4,000 to 5,000 Kelvin) is between white and blue tones. With a less cozy and more energetic feel, bulbs with this color range are best for work spaces (such as a home office or garage) and kitchens with chrome fixtures. Daylight (5,000 to 6,500 Kelvin) has a more bluish tone.

Which is brighter cool white or daylight?

A: No, daylight is generally brighter than cool white. However, at the brightest end of the cool white colour temperature range, it will still be very bright.

Is it OK to put a 60 watt bulb in a 40 watt socket?

A 60 watt equivalent uses 9 watts so yes you can use this in a socket rated for a 40 watt incandescent. Check that the socket and the wiring are in good condition because the base of the LED likely will be hot during operation. If the LED will be enclosed check that the bulb is designed for an enclosed fixture.

Can you use LED bulbs in a regular socket?

As long as the mounting base (socket) is the same size and type, you can use an LED bulb in an existing fixture. If the mounting base isn’t the same size and type, the LED bulb will not fit the socket. You should never use a bulb with a higher wattage than what is recommended for the fixture.

Do LED lights get hot?

Yes, new technology LED lighting can and will get hot, but when compared to the lighting of the past, temperatures are much safer. The heat from the lighting will also warm your surrounding environment but in comparison to old incandescent lighting, this ambient heat is greatly reduced when using LED lighting.

What happens if light bulb wattage is too high?

Using a light bulb with too high of wattage can lead to overheating of the light bulb. This heat can melt the light socket as well as the insulation of the wires. Once that happens, you put yourself at risk of arc faults, and this is something that could even lead to property fires.

Why does my light bulb get so hot?

Several things can make a bulb burn too hot: Voltage fluctuations, wattage limitations, or being in an enclosed fixture can cause overheating. Certain types of halogen bulbs will overheat when handled with bare hands because the oils from your fingers create hot spots on the bulb.

What happens if you use a light bulb with lower wattage?

Yes, going with a lower wat bulb doesn’t present any major safety concerns for your home. The only drawback is that the bulb will offer weaker light than what a higher wattage bulb would have. But as long as you’re satisfied with the amount of light you’re getting, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.

Can you use 72 watt bulb in 60?

If your fixture is rated to accept 60 Watts, you can safely use 75W, 100W, or even 125W equal bulbs (which all draw less than 50 Watts of power) instead.

Do higher watt bulbs get hotter?

The higher the wattage, the hotter it will become. With fluorescent bulbs, the same can apply though heat is less with only 30% being emitted.

What wattage should a bedroom be?

For a bedroom, look for a light bulb that has a lumen rating of around 800, which is roughly equivalent to a 60-watt traditional incandescent bulb, or lower. At this brightness level, you’ll have enough light to read by, but it won’t make you feel more alert when you’re winding down at bedtime.

WHAT LED bulb is equivalent to 100 watt?

LED equivalents to traditional incandescent light bulbs
Incandescent Light Bulb WattageLED Equivalent Wattage
100 Watt10 Watt
75 Watt7.5 Watt
60 Watt6 Watt
50 Watt5 Watt
Mar 9, 2018