question about fluorescent lights

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
April 29, 2009 8:35am CST
Our bathroom fluorescent lights blew out (we have the old fashioned fixture that is above the medicine cabinet, my husband said 60 is all right and put them in, but I figured 40) so we decided to go back to incandescent lights there. So when I went grocery shopping, all I saw were incandescent lights in chandelier, appliances, fan lights, etc. so I bought one fluorescent light that was 40 w so we could have at least a little light in the bathroom. But when I came home it was equivalent to 150 w incandescent. So I figured that there is a chance that a 40 w fluorescent bulb will blow up so I put it down in the basement where we are allowed the maximum wattage. Oh and I did find some 40 w incandesents at Canadian Tire. So the question is when they say maximum 40 w for this fixture, meaning incandescent lights, does that mean that it will also accept a 40 W fluorescent light?
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6 responses
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
30 Apr 09
only if it hooks up right I always buy just what we need never change wayttes except in the swily lights bulbs
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Apr 09
It hooked up right. It was just the label was confusing and I do not want to see shards of glass fly around.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
30 Apr 09
I wouldnt either but I have never seen them blow up just blow out just light goes and ya get nothing till ya buy a new one!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Apr 09
Except with flourescent lights you cannot have them where it is damp. So in the basement, unless it is near the stairs, we have to use incandescent lights.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
30 Apr 09
40 watts is 40 watts, the difference of fluorescent is that 40 w is going to put out a LOT more light. if the fixture is rated for 40 w, that won't change between incandescent, fluorescent or halogen.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Apr 09
Thanks. It was just confusing when I read equivalent of light given by an 150 watt incandescent light bulb.
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@marciascott (25554)
• United States
1 May 09
I was just thinking the same thing.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 May 09
That's the trouble. I did read the label. Most of the time the florescent bulbs say can be used in place of, and make sure that it is not in one of those globe thingst because it will heat up.
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
1 May 09
The whole thing confuses me. I've replaced what I can and it's very hard, as the new lights are so harsh. I've made do by replacing the shades of the lamps to cut the glare--from the thrift store, of course! I hate the new lights. They are harsh and brittle-looking light and I wish they could make them softer. Sorry I can't answer your question, but I really dislike them. I have a stash of "old" bulbs if I want the luxury of soft light.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 May 09
I like them because it makes me look the same as I do when I am outside in the sunlight. With the incandescent bulbs, I go out after fixing myself up in the house, and then almost die of shock in seeing me in a store front window. I think you can get the cool light fluorescent bulbs.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Apr 09
Just stopped by to say hello. I don't have an answer at all. I am sure that you will get a good response from someone else
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Apr 09
Well I found out what I needed to know and a bit more. So don't worry. When I do not know the answer, I will go through the internet and search the subject. It usually comes up.
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
29 Apr 09
40 Watts is 40 watts no matter the kind of bulb. The 40 watt fluorescent will be fine and it won't blow up or anything. Just because it puts out more light doesn't mean it pulls more current. It just produces a lot more light with the same wattage. Art
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 Apr 09
Thanks. I was wondering about that. And at least that will mean I can put one fl bulb when 2 incandescent bulbs will do. That will save me a bit of money in the long run.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
7 May 09
I think you should be able to use a smaller wattage in bulbs. I think you just cannot go over the limit. Under, should be fine though.
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