March 5, 2012 10:44 PM Subscribe
Can I put a 100W incandescent bulb into a metal desk lamp that says to use a max 60W bulb?
posted by spockpuppy to Home & Garden (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's a metal lamp- the Ikea Format
. It has a metal heat-shield inside, at the top of the dome where the bulb sits closest to the shade. The sticker says to use max 60W type A lamps. I've always been a rebel, but I don't want to be a BBQ.
The lamp has sitting around unused for months and is a bit dusty. I just had it on with a 100W bulb inside for about 15 minutes and it smelled kind of hot- not burning, exactly, but kind of dusty-hot, like when you turn on a space heater for the first time that year. I can't tell if that means it's melting or if there's just dust inside. I don't usually leave lights on if I'll be out of the room for more than 20 minutes, and I adore how bright it is... is it OK to keep the 100W bulb, or is that a really dumb idea?