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Jonathan Schwind Posted on Jan 08, 2007
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MAXIMUM WATTAGE FOR FAN LIGHTS??????

Came with 3 x 40 watt candle-like bulbs, I bought some 60 watt bulbs....how can I tell if this is TOO much wattage for the fan?

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Those bulbs are candelabra type. if they came with the fixture then I wouldn't go to a higher wattage bulb. the sockets are probably bakelite and mounted with the base up so any heat off the lamps would be directed upwards. higher wattage bulbs may shorten the lifespan of the sockets. bakelite is a modified plastic. it won't melt but it will get brittle.

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