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.