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Old 01-29-2016, 09:23 PM
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Default ? re: wattage and pendant lights

Are there any electricians in the house?

Am I legit going to burn the house down, if I put a 72W in a hanging light pendant with a 60W max lighting scenario?
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I think csa ratings prevent fire. You may just blow a fuse or pop the light bulb.

Im not an electrician but I modified an ikea plug in pendant and track system. It never blew and the ikea guy got excited over my "hack".

Granted I dont live there anymore...

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The extra heat might melt something like, say, the insulation covering the electrical wires in the fixture, which will hopefully short out and blow the breaker before igniting something else..

Probably no-one really knows how much safey margin there is in those ratings.
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The extra heat might melt something like, say, the insulation covering the electrical wires in the fixture, which will hopefully short out and blow the breaker before igniting something else..

Probably no-one really knows how much safey margin there is in those ratings.
I had that happen to a lampshade. I put a higher wattage bulb in the light and within a few hours the lamp shade fell down due to the heat melting the plastic around the metal that held it up.
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This may sound over the top cautious, but just on the off chance even a minor fire or damage occurred, I would worry about insurance and if they would consider that the homeowners fault.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:12 AM
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I'd be careful about that.

As an aside, I switched all my bulbs to LED (flat pancake bulbs) and there has surprisingly been a noticeable reduction in my electrical bill. Cost of bulbs are very expensive. I switched EVERY bulb in my home including fridge, stove, closets, bathroom vanities, reading lights etc. Would recommend anyone doing this if they want to lower monthly electrical costs.
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I wouldn't risk it
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:13 PM
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Drats.
Now I have to come up with another idea to brighten up this particular spot in the house. Nothing can be simple!
I need a light bulb moment.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:45 PM
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LEDs are very bright at much less wattage.
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What are you trying to do? Get brighter light without changing the light fixture? If so, check out if you can get a bulb replacement in fluorescent or LED. You should be able to get more light output for significantly less wattage that way (or in your case brighter light for the 60 w that is allowable).

Or maybe a good excuse to replace the fixture!
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