Suitable Replacement For 65-watt Incandecent Bulb

Answered by Brett ~ November 18, 2010 ~ 3 Comments » | Respond to this question

I want to try a compact fluorescent light bulb in some ceiling cans. Currently it uses 65Watt bulbs, what should I use instead. thanx.

Claudia R ~ Darien, CT.

Brett Kulina

Claudia, that's a bright idea, because eventually all incandescent light bulbs are going to be phased out of use in favor of energy efficient LED or CFL lighting (compact fluorescent lights). If you want to replace a regular 65-watt bulb, the type that is used in ceiling can lights, then you could use a 15-watt CFL bulb. I actually use 15 watt CFL's in my office, which are the R30 Reflector made by SATCO. These bulbs run about $10 a piece (which is on the low end of the price scale for CFL's and LED lighting), but the company claims that they will last for 10,000 hours! While I have warmed to the cooler light color of a CFL, I still am not used to light bulbs that take a few moments to get bright(as these do).

One thing to keep in mind is that most CFL's do not work with standard dimmer switches. There are dimmers available which can operate certain CFL's, but I am not aware of any CFL's that can be used with "old-school" dimmers. The technology is changing rapidly however, and I expect we will see an increase in lighting options, as well as a decrease in price, in the coming years.

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