There’s a Reason Why Light Fixtures Specify What Wattage Bulbs to Use

Digital ImageThis crackly paint was on the wall right next to a light fixture, right where a 100 watt bulb sat. The heat from the bulb caused the paint to crack.

This home was built in the ’60’s, and the paint was probably oil-based, which would crack like this (latex paint has a little more flex).

I skim-floated over it and sanded smooth, then primed. No future problems are expected.

But… please follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on maximum wattage for bulbs in light fixtures.

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