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Can I use a 100w incandescent in this fixture?

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Can I use a 100w incandescent in this fixture?

Can anyone help me figure out if a 100w incandescent bulb is okay in this table lamp fixture? You can see it says '250V 660W' on the inside but I doubt that means you can put a 660w incandescent bulb in there? That's a high draw for a little Made In China fixture like this, isn't it?

I can try to get a better picture of the UL label - is that a tiny QR code on there?

Thanks for any help
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yes... you could use a 660W bulb... based on the description... yes 100W would be fine. Usually just means if the wiring will hold (e.g. burn up if too much current).
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you have to be careful if you use a lampshade....the shade may be the limiting factor
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There’s a reason why old-school Easy Bake Ovens used a 100 watt lightbulb...
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Gee wrote: Can you still buy 100 Watt incandescent bulbs?
I've seen them at my local C. Tire and Rona. But they are pricey.
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Should be ok, provided it's an upwards facing bulb and the lamp shade is properly distanced. 100W is nothing compared to some of the hot-as-the-sun halogen lamps out there.

I've seen plenty of 100W bulbs used in 60W fixtures, though still not recommended if it can be avoided.
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Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond and sorry for the delay in updating. As an aside, who knew decent quality table lamps were so expensive at CT/HD etc.

I found another lamp that says right on it 'Max 100w bulb' It's the type that has the 3-position switch for bulbs that can run at 3 different wattages. I bought that for mom and I'll keep the other one and use it here.
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traderNik wrote: Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond and sorry for the delay in updating. As an aside, who knew decent quality table lamps were so expensive at CT/HD etc.

I found another lamp that says right on it 'Max 100w bulb' It's the type that has the 3-position switch for bulbs that can run at 3 different wattages. I bought that for mom and I'll keep the other one and use it here.
Why would you use an incandescent bulb? Add an LED and save some power.
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Kasakato wrote: Why would you use an incandescent bulb? Add an LED and save some power.
Exactly. As lightbulbs die in my house I’ve changing over to LED. And while the capital cost is higher, the savings in electricity costs is noticeable.
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Kasakato wrote: Why would you use an incandescent bulb? Add an LED and save some power.
A lot of people held out because incadenscent "looked" natural, no flicker, but LED's have come a far way.
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Use a 15-17W LED, you can get more colours (i am partial to 3000K) and you save over 80% of the electricity. In fact it should be cheaper to use the LED over its lifetime than incandescent bulbs because the energy savings will more than pay for the bulb over time.
And there is no 1000 hour life to worry about, they last years or even decades depending on how much you operate them daily.
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Is this for a 110 Volt North American socket or 220 Volt Europe? What type of plug is on the lamp? If it is for 110, I would get a 100 Watt equivalent soft white LED bulb. This would work fine:

https://www.homehardware.ca/en/2-pack-1 ... /p/3652984

If you just need 1 bulb, check out Giant Tiger as they sell 1 bulb for around 5 bucks: https://www.gianttiger.com/854615/p/854615
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bhrm wrote: A lot of people held out because incadenscent "looked" natural, no flicker, but LED's have come a far way.
Not sure what natural means but 2700k and 3000k bulbs with decent CRI and available. Flicker should not be a concern with a decent bulb as well.
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Kasakato wrote: Not sure what natural means but 2700k and 3000k bulbs with decent CRI and available. Flicker should not be a concern with a decent bulb as well.
Incadescent had that 'warm glow feel'. Literally warm!

I love the look but for cost savings and RFDing, buying a nice LED bulb is the way to go.
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bhrm wrote: Incadescent had that 'warm glow feel'.
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Quentin5 wrote: And there is no 1000 hour life to worry about, they last years or even decades depending on how much you operate them daily.
Unless you’ve bought shitty Noma LED lights which in my experience have had a miserable lifespan.
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mrweather wrote: Unless you’ve bought shitty Noma LED lights which in my experience have had a miserable lifespan.
Ah, i guess the warranty was of no use?
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Quentin5 wrote: Ah, i guess the warranty was of no use?
At a $1.50 a bulb it wasn’t worth my time and effort to fight with crappy tire.

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