- Dec 14, 2002
- New Jersey
Hi, One of my outdoor lights went bad sometime back and so Im replacing it. A curious thing I noticed in the manual is that there is a different rating for CFLs and regular lights. It is just a normal type a bulb socket motion sensor lamp. The specs rate it for 150W bulbs, but only for 30W self balasted CFLs. Any idea why? I would have thought that one could fit a KILLER CFL in there (if they existed) since 150W is 150W, right? I cant imagine that power factor is a consideration in a relay operated light fixture... I have seen this elsewhere too. Far lower ratings on CFLs in a socket than an equivalent incandescent or halogen bulb. Any idea why? Does it have to do with how local to the actual lamp fixture the heat generation is, or something like that? Thanks!