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I have a 60 watt/120v clip-on lamp. What is the highest wattage of compact fluorescent bulb can I safely use in this lamp?

Asked by MissAnthrope (21460points) April 21st, 2009

I’d like to get as much light as possible.. should I stop at a 60 watt CFL?

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MissAnthrope's avatar

By the way, I mean actual watts on the fluorescent bulb, not replacement-watts. :)

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

You can use any bulb that draws 60 watts or less.
A 13 watt cfl puts off equivalent light to a 60 watt incandescent, but only draws 13 watts.
A 26 watt dfl puts off equivalent light to a 100 watt incandescent, but only draws 26 watts. This will be more than enough light for a clip on lamp.

mattbrowne's avatar

Yes, the lamp is only concerned with power (number of watts), the critical issue being the intensity of the current or ampacity (watt = volt times ampere in your case 0.5). The illuminance or luminous emittance (number of lux) doesn’t really matter.

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