A common question we receive is:
"I have a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb, but the socket I want to install it into says [MAX 50 WATTS] - Is it OK to install the LED bulb in this socket?"
The answer: generally, yes, it is safe as long as the actual wattage of the LED bulb is within the limits of the socket or fixture.
What is the difference between an LED lamp's actual wattage and its equivalent wattage?
The main advantage of LED lamps over traditional lamps is their energy efficiency. This means that they consume just a fraction of energy (actual wattage) to provide the same amount of light output (equivalent wattage).
The primary reason socket and fixture manufacturers indicate a "MAX WATTAGE" specification is to reduce the risk of fire caused by too much wattage being carried through the socket's wiring as well as from the heat released by the incandescent bulb.
Therefore, as long as the LED lamp's actual wattage and heat released is less than the socket or fixture rating, you should not encounter any issues. LED lamps do get warm, but they only emit a fraction (~15%) of the heat that an incandescent bulb emits.
Many lamp fixtures and sockets were manufactured before the wide adoption of LED bulbs, and therefore do not indicate clearly whether they refer to LED, CFL or incandescent bulbs. When in doubt, we recommend contacting the fixture or socket manufacturer to confirm.
Browse Waveform Lighting Products
A-Series LED Bulbs
Our A19 and A21 lamps fit in standard lamp fixtures and are perfect for floor and desk lamp fixtures.
Candelabra LED Bulbs
Our candelabra LED bulbs offer soft and warm light output in a decorative bulb style that fits E12 lamp fixtures.
BR30 LED Lamps
BR30 lamps are ceiling lamps that fit in residential and commercial fixtures with 4-inch or wider openings.
T8 LED Lamps
Directly replace 4-ft fluorescent lamps with our T8 LED tube lights, compatible both with and without ballasts.
LED-Ready T8 Fixtures
LED tube light fixtures pre-wired and compatible with our T8 LED lamps.
LED Linear Fixtures
Linear lamp fixtures in 2-ft and 4-ft lengths. Plugs into standard wall outlets nd mounts using screws or magnets.
LED Shop Lights
Overhead light fixtures with hanging chains. Plugs into standard wall outlets.
UV-A LED Lights
We offer 365 nm and 395 nm LED lights for fluorescence and curing applications.
UV-C LED Lights
We offer 270 nm UV-C LED lights for germicidal applications.
LED Modules & Accessories
LED PCBs, panels and other form factors for a variety of industrial and scientific applications.
LED Strip Lights
Bright LED emitters mounted on a flexible circuitboard. Can be cut-to-length and installed in a variety of locations.
LED Strip Dimmers
Dimmers and controllers to adjust LED strip lighting system brightness and color.
LED Strip Power Supplies
Power supply units to convert line voltage to low voltage DC needed for LED strip light systems.
Extruded aluminum channel profiles for mounting LED strip lights.
LED Strip Connectors
Solderless connectors, wires and adapters to join and connect LED strip light system components together.