Using a light bulb with a wattage that is too high might cause the light bulb to overheat. This heat has the potential to melt the light socket as well as the wire insulation. When this happens, you are putting yourself at danger of arc faults, which can lead to property fires. An electrician should be called out to inspect your wiring system before you use any more power outlets.
If you are not sure whether or not your wattage is correct, try using lower-wattage bulbs until you find one that will stay lit.
Do not replace all of your lights at once. Instead, replace one lamp at a time to avoid an overload on your circuit. If any other lamps are still working after you have replaced the first lamp, then your circuit was not damaged by the first bulb. You do not need to replace these lamps, either. They are functioning properly and will continue to do so for several more years before they need to be replaced themselves.
Check the wiring diagram for your house to make sure you are using the correct number of watts for each fixture. Some houses are designed with low-wattage bulbs in mind, while others were built with traditional incandescent bulbs in mind. If your house was built with low-wattage bulbs in mind, you will want to stick with 40-watt or 60-watt bulbs. These types of sockets can handle higher wattages without breaking.
A brittle bulb caused by an excess of heat as a result of having wattage that exceeds standards might catch fire. When a light bulb overheats, it can cause damage to the fixture and melt the socket within, resulting in a fire. Heating a light bulb also wastes energy.
The U.S. government limits the maximum temperature for incandescent lamps to 150 degrees F (65 degrees C). But many lighting fixtures are designed to withstand temperatures up to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C), so most bulbs will not get dangerously hot even under normal use. Heavier-duty fixtures with metal housings can reach temperatures much higher than 150 degrees F, but these fixtures are intended for outdoor use where they will be exposed to the sun and heat from within buildings. Incandescent bulbs lose about 10 percent of their brightness after being exposed to 110 degrees F (43 degrees C) for several hours, so they should be replaced before then.
Halogen and fluorescent lamps are manufactured to tolerate high temperatures during production and installation. These types of lamps do not get as hot as regular incandescents during usage, so they are safe for use in lighting fixtures designed for conventional lamps.
Electric lights have some effect on Earth's magnetic field. This is because they contain certain metals, such as iron, nickel, and copper which are all non-ferrous elements.
Brittle wiring is one of the factors that might cause light bulb fires. Heating up a light bulb doesn't usually cause harm to other parts of the house unless they're made of material that melts at a lower temperature, such as wood.
If you are unsure about how your house was built or what kind of materials it uses, never try to repair or replace any lights without asking someone who knows better. Some homes were built with lead glass in their windows, which is very fragile and should not be broken even if necessary for maintenance. If this is the case with your home, call a licensed contractor who specializes in repairing things like this. Lead is harmful to children and other people who may accidentally swallow some of it. There are also certain types of lamps that contain mercury which should not be disposed of in the trash. Call a local hazardous waste disposal site to learn more about how to dispose of these items properly.
In addition to the increased heat emitted by the higher wattage bulb, the greater power consumption heats up the contacts and socket. This raises the possibility of a fire or other malfunction. A lower wattage light isn't a problem, unless the weaker light isn't what you're looking for. Lower wattage bulbs produce less heat, allowing the socket to survive longer. They also last longer too, because they use less energy.
Here are some tips for selecting a compatible bulb: Check that the wattage of the bulb is high enough to provide the desired level of illumination. A low-wattage bulb will not give enough light for a room to be considered well lit. Calculate how much electricity the new lamp will use by multiplying its wattage by its cost per unit of time (2000 watts times $0.10 per unit costs 20,000 units/$200). If your current system can't handle this amount of power, then you'll need another light source.
Bulbs come in many different shapes and sizes. Knowing the wattage of each bulb you buy helps you select the right type of fixture for your home and budget. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household in America uses about 15% more electricity at night when using incandescent lamps instead of fluorescent or compact florescent lamps (CFLs).
Compact fluorescents use about 75% less energy than incandescents and last 10-15 times as long.