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If a light fixture is rated for a maximum 75 watts with an incandescent bulb, does that mean I am limited to a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) with the equivalent light output to a 75-watt incandescent? Or, can I use a CFL that is the equivalent to a Follow

The short answer is yes, any bulb that does not exceed the fixture rating can be used.

The longer explanation... The watt rating on the fixture is a description of how much electricity the internal wiring of the fixture can accept safely. A watt is a measure of power consumption. As long as you do not exceed the recommended wattage for a particular fixture, you can use any CFL wattage up to the limit. For example, if a light fixture is rated for 75 watts of power, you can use any light bulb with a rated wattage of 75 or less. While you could use a 75-watt equivalent CFL, if you want more light in this fixture, then you could use a 100-watt equivalent CFL. Most 100-watt equivalent CFLs use between 23 and 30 watts of power, much less than the 75-watt rating of the fixture. That's the great thing about ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs you get more light for less power!

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