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Replacing Lamp Sockets To One With Higher Power Rating?
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Old 15th December 2010, 05:19 AM   #1
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Okay, this is not strictly an electronic problem, but I figured an electrical problem was close enough.

I would like very much to purchase the lamp table pictured below. It can also be seen here:
Medium Oak Side Table With Lamp Leick Furniture End Tables Accent Tables Furnishings

However, from reading other websites I find that the socket in the lamp only takes up to 60 watt bulbs. The person this is being given to will use this for reading, and a 150 watt lamp is preferred.

Is it any big deal to replace the socket in the lamp with one which will take a 150 watt bulb?

PS: "Some assembly required" for this unit, so the lamp stalk will not be attached to the table yet when purchased.
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Old 15th December 2010, 06:29 AM   #2
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The reason the lamp is limited to 60 Watts is not electrical. It is a heat issue. A 150 W bulb will radiate too much heat for the lamp and will damage it.

Get a different lamp, or concentrate the light with a reflector or magnifier.
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150 watts would generate far too much heat for the shade let alone the socket.
Can you use "low energy lamps", as a 150 watt equivalent is around 25watts or so.
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I thought that the screw-in fluorescents of 150 watt equivalent were too large to fit into the windowshade mounting apparatus, but I have been advised by someone who uses the bulbs that this is not the case.

Thank you both very much for your advice, I now feel free to order the unit and install a screw-in fluorescent when I assemble it. I felt very leery of exceeding the manufacturer's electrical ratings, now I know I don't have to.
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