Can LED Light Bulbs Be Used in Any Fixture?

Modern LED Light Bulbs

A very popular concern when replacing an incandescent bulb with a LED is if the fixture actually takes the high wattage of the LED bulb.

As long as the LED bulb uses less wattage than your fixture, the answer is YES. For instance, a “100-Watt LED equivalent” doesn’t mean the bulb uses 100Watts per say, but that is gives in fact a light equivalent to a 100-Watt incandescent bulb. When the socket says don’t exceed 60-Watts, it says about the risk of high heat output when using incandescent bulb.

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Don’t worry though as LED’s don’t give dangerous levels of heat. It’s quite safe for you to use a 100-Watt equivalent LED bulb even if your fixture says, “not to exceed 60-Watts”.

As they don’t use direct heat to make light, the LED’s are more efficient than incandescent bulbs. The incandescent bulbs are heating metal for the light, which explains the much wider spectrum of radiation. Along with the visible light, the incandescent bulbs also give nonvisible radiation (UV light and infrared light). LED’s, on the other hand, give off only radiation as the visible light (it has a narrower spectrum) so they are more energy efficient.

LED bulb brightness is expressed in Lumens and not Watts and an 800 lumen LED bulb gives the same amount of light as a traditional incandescent 60-watt light bulb. You may confidently use a 125 or even 150 W LED equivalent for a 60-Watt fixture as it’s consuming less than 60-Watts. Therefore, you simply need to check the equivalence when using a LED bulb instead of an incandescent bulb.

How to Light a Living Room with No Overhead Lighting

Lighting Living Room

Even though you’re renting a house with no overhead lighting, that doesn’t mean you can’t improvise and even get nicer options for bringing some light into a room.

An elegant and efficient option is the plug-in pendant light that is a single light, hanging by a cord from the ceiling. In many cases, the cord is hard-wired straight into the ceiling electrical box. A plug-in pendant light plugs into your wall outlet with subtle wire snaking up the wall, across the ceiling to the drop point you wanted.

Lighting with Led smart-bulbs

Wall sconces work also very well for lighting up a room. Small, single or double-bulb accent lights, sconces are fairly easy to attach to your living room wall and draw power from in-wall wiring. You attach them right to the electrical box and the decorative housing covers the box. You may also use an existing wall outlet when you don’t want to run power through the wall.

If none of the above works for you, you can always go with some battery powered interior lights. They are easy to install, low priced and go great in a dark area where you don’t go on regular basis. Keep in mind though they’re not very bright and you do need to change the batteries from time to time, especially if you’re using them in a living room.

As you can see, you do have one or two options when it comes to bringing some light into your living room, even though it has no overhead lighting.

Where to Place Recessed Lighting in a Living Room

Lighting a Living Room

Using recessed lights (downlights, cans, high hats or pot lights) isn’t that difficult and you do need to follow some tips in order to get the best out of them. Fun and creative, these lights do bring a special vibe into any room which is why is essential to keep in mind some general rules.

You could start by thinking, which is going to be your focal point. You starting point could be a particular spot in your room that needs a recessed light straight above it. If you’re in the kitchen, you do need a light right above your stovetop or your sink. A reading chair may be the starting point in your living room. In many cases, though you may simply space the recessed lighting evenly in your room with no focal point. You just use the center of the room and continue all around it instead.

Some use the blueprint of the room to pencil in where they put the recessed lights. For a better work, take time and measure the furniture in the room, even creating paper shapes that are rightly scaled for the blueprint.

Another great method is to divide the height of your ceiling by two. This gives you how much distance you want between your recessed lights. When your ceiling is 8 foot high, you should use a 4 feet distance between your recessed lights. Take in consideration though the type and wattage of the light, the purpose of the lights and the brightness/darkness of the décor in the room as well.

No matter how you plan to do it, always put the recessed lights three feet away from the wall. You don’t want to create any shadows in a corner as it makes your ceiling look lower. After all, you want your room to look brighter and larger.