What does 60 watts mean?

Stimpy, the power rating tells you the rate at which the device consumes energy. So yes, a 60-Watt bulb will consume 60W*h or 0.06kWh of electricity in one hour. Watt-hours measure energy consumption.
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What does the wattage of a light bulb mean?

lumens = brightness. watts = energy. Lumens measure brightness. A standard 60-watt incandescent bulb, for example, produces about 800 lumens of light. By comparison, a CFL bulb produces that same 800 lumens using less than 15 watts.
  • Can you replace a 40 watt bulb with a 60 watt?

    If your socket says not to exceed 60-Watts, it is referring the dangers of high heat output associated with incandescent bulbs. However, LED's do not emit dangerous levels of heat. Thus, if your fixture says “not to exceed 60-Watts” but you want to use a 100-Watt equivalent LED bulb, this would be safe to do so.
  • Which light bulb is brighter 40w or 60w?

    But the resistance of the 40W bulb is higher than the 60W watt bulb, Hence the power output by the 40W bulb will be higher than the 60W bulb in this case. Hence the 40W bulb will glow brighter in this case. (This answer assumes that both the bulbs used are rated for same voltage which is almost always true.)
  • How many watts is a lumen?

    An LED bulb can give you as many as 100 lumens per watt as compared to an incandescent bulb that will produce only 12-17 lumens per watt.
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What are watts in a light bulb?

Standard 100-watt bulbs produce about 1600 lumens. Watts - the amount of energy a light bulb uses. The lower the watts, the lower the electric bill. CFLs and LEDs have a lower wattage than incandescent bulbs, but emit the same light output.
  • Can you replace a 40 watt bulb with a 60 watt?

    If your socket says not to exceed 60-Watts, it is referring the dangers of high heat output associated with incandescent bulbs. However, LED's do not emit dangerous levels of heat. Thus, if your fixture says “not to exceed 60-Watts” but you want to use a 100-Watt equivalent LED bulb, this would be safe to do so.
  • Can I use a 100 watt LED in a 60 Watt socket?

    The term “60-watt equal” has little to do with any kind of wattage correlation; a 60W equal LED may use as little as 8 watts to operate. If your fixture is rated to accept 60 watts, you can safely use 75W, 100W, or even 125W equal bulbs (which all draw less than 50 watts of power) instead.
  • Can you use a lower wattage bulb?

    The watt rating on a socket is the maximum wattage (based on using an incandescent bulb) that can be used without overheating and potentially causing damage or even a fire. So a socket rated at 60W may have a 60W or lower incandescent bulb in it. However, this is rated at the actual power, not equivalent light.

Updated: 3rd December 2019

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