Asked by: Oumayma Ganshirt
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What does watt mean on light bulb?


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Similarly, it is asked, does Watts matter for light bulbs?

When it comes to how much light you get from a light bulb, watts don't matter. Light isn't measured in watts. It's measured in foot-candles or lumens. That means this bulb produces approximately the same lumens as a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb.

Also, can I use a 60 watt bulb in a 40 watt lamp? If you use a plastic socket and a traditional bulb larger than 60w the chance for heat to be created and melt the socket causing fire was very real. The heat created should not be enough to heat up the socket. I would say yes, it is OK to replace the 40w bulb with a 60w bulb using only 11w.

Consequently, how do you know the wattage of a light bulb?

To measure the power consumption of an incandescent light bulb, use a digital or analogue multimeter and measure: - the VOLTAGE (V) of the power source (car battery in this case), - the AMPERE (A) consumption of the light bulb. Multiply the resulting V and A values and you have the bulb's consumption in Watts (W).

What happens if bulb wattage is too low?

If a fixture is rated for a maximum of 60 watts, then it's dangerous to exceed that. A 100-watt bulb will draw more power through the wires than they safely can handle. (It is okay, however, to put a bulb with lower wattage in that fixture—drawing less than the wire's maximum load isn't a problem.)

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