9 things electricians always do in their own homes
When the bulb in your favourite lamp or fixture burns out, do you just run to the store and grab the first replacement bulb you see, or do you make sure you are purchasing the correct bulb? If the grab-and-go option is your standard operating procedure, it’s time to rethink the process.
“Make sure you put the correct wattage bulb into the fixture,” says Jake McKusker, general manager of an electrics company.
Why is this important? Because if you use a 100-watt bulb in a fixture designed for 40-watts of power, McKusker says you will essentially “cook” the fixture. This will degrade the wires and create a fire hazard, he says. The extra light output is not worth the risk! Likewise, low wattage is likely to leave you sitting in a dark room.
How do you determine how many watts you need? Look on your lamp or fixture. You should see a small sticker or printed text telling you how many watts are required. Then find a lightbulb that matches.