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    Maximum bulb wattage question

    I have a light fixture that says it can use a 60-watt maximum bulb. It seems that a typical 13W CFL is the equivalent of 60 watts of incandescent light. What is the maximum bulb wattage I can use if I install a CFL bulb? Thank you.

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    It would be still 60 watts as wattage is a power rating not light output, lumens is light output. you can increase the comparable lumens just do not exceed the the 60 watt maximum power rating.
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    Here's a comparison table, that includes LED wattage as well as CFL, for a range of lumens. From Viribright dot com website, (forum won't let me post link),


    Lumens (Brightness) LED Watts (Viribright) CFL Watts Incandescent Watts
    400 500 6 7W 8 12W 40W
    650 850 7 10W 13 18W 60W
    1000 1400 12 13W 18 22W 75W
    1450-1700+ 14 20W 23 30W 100W
    2700+ 25 28W 30 55W 150W

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjcroft View Post
    Here's a comparison table, that includes LED wattage as well as CFL, for a range of lumens.
    Thank you.

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