December 25, 2009, Newsletter Issue #182: Mixed Wattage in 3-Light Fixtures

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You're concerned that mixing wattage in light fixtures is like mixing electricity and water, but some lighting experts say you can do it safely.

Most lighting fixtures use a single wattage, and the manufacturer usually has a maximum wattage recommendation. However, if you do mix 40, 50 and 60 watt bulbs, don't exceed the maximum wattage of the fixture or the capacity of your transformer. Sometimes you can mix bulbs to create a light output that suits the room or the outdoor area.

You can generally use any type of bulb in any type of socket, whether you're using a floodlight or a halogen bulb for recessed lighting.

With different types of bulbs, you get different types of light--warmer or cooler, depending on the bulb, so you want to be sure that you will get the desired effect for your three-light fixtures when choosing bulbs.

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