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Old 08-11-2010, 11:12 AM
 
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So I bought a ceiling light fixture (not enclosed, it hangs off the ceiling with open glass over the bulb - here is a link) which states the maximum bulb wattage accepted is 13 watts - a 60 watt incandescent equivalent in a CFL bulb. Well, I did not realize how dim this actually is and I feel like the fixture is useless, despite being "exactly" what I was looking for otherwise.

Is there anything I can do to make the wattage more? Would putting a higher watt bulb in be unsafe? Are all 13 watt bulbs created equal in terms of light output? Maybe there is a better brand? The thing that complicates this is that the bulb has to have a GU24 base - so my options are somewhat limited by that.

TIA for the advice!
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Did you give it a few minutes? Some CFLs take time to warm up before giving out the maximum light output.

While the bulb socket itself may be designed for higher wattages, the maximum rated wattage is listed for safety reasons, whether it's because of the enclosure, shade, and/or heat dissipation. Such a rating comes about after being tested by a lab (UL, CSA, ETL, etc.).

I DO NOT SUGGEST increasing the wattage, as the fixture was rated as such for a reason. At best, nothing happens. At worst, you cause an electrical fire and will get denied for an insurance claim because it was caused by improper usage by the end user.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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OP, the link does not work.

The only way to increase the wattage is to replace the main part of the lighting fixture. Yes, exceeding the maximum recommended wattage can be unsafe. If this fixture does not fix your needs I suggest returning it and buying one that does.

New energy regulations have decreased the maximum wattage in ceiling fixtures and ceiling fan lighting kits. Read carefully before purchasing.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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13 watts for a CFL, but is it rated for a 60 watt incandescent? If so, try the incandescent bulb. Although they claim that a 13 watt cfl puts out the same light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb, it does not. Try them side by side and you will see. Maybe CFLs vary but when I tested them I found them to be no where near as bright as the supposedly equivalent incandescent bulb.

To upgrade your light fixture, you will need to replace the socket, the wiring and possibly to part of the light that holds the socket (depending on what it is made of). Basically you are remanufacturing the whole light.

I love antique light fixtures with ceramic sockets. I took one apart to re-wire it and it says 2500 watt max.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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Ok, stick to 13 watt, check. Thanks

So I did a little research and several articles pointed out that not all bulbs, even of the same wattage, are created equal. They say that lumens or light output is what I should really focus on. The current bulb outputs 800 lumens. I found another 13 watt that outputs 950 lumens. Will this make a noticeable difference or am I wasting my time?
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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13 watts for a CFL, but is it rated for a 60 watt incandescent? If so, try the incandescent bulb.
GU24 base means no swapping out for an incandescent.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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I love antique light fixtures with ceramic sockets. I took one apart to re-wire it and it says 2500 watt max.
Shooooot!
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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GU24 base means no swapping out for an incandescent.
Yup, that's what really limits me there.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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So anyone know if an output of 950 lumens will make a noticeable difference over an output of 800 lumens?
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I'd guess side by side and initially, yes. But over time, once you get used to it and compare it to nearby non-CFL sources, it might appear dim to you again. But then again, it may be your only choice.
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