Burned out light bulbs can be a nuisance, especially when they are up high or in inconvenient locations. What is even more frustrating is when you can’t find the right type of light bulb for the fixture. Yes, there is a correct type of bulb and if you don’t know what it is you can risk overloading your wiring.

Most lamps and other light fixtures have a small sticker on them that indicates it is UL approved and there is usually other important information there as well, such as the wattage requirements. If your lamp says “max 60w” that means you should not put a bulb in it that is over 60w.

Do we really need to follow that? Yes. I know it’s a hassle, but you may need to drive to the store to buy the correct bulbs if you don’t have them. Overloading the fixture can result in wiring that gets hot, overheats and becomes a risk for fire or damage.