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Can you change a 60W socket to a 100W socket on a table lamp?
March 10, 2014 5:16AM
Generally speaking, the rated power of any light fitting ('luminaire'), including a table lamp, is determined by the enclosure, shade, or reflector, rather than its socket. What it comes down to is (a) whether the rate of heat transfer away from the lamp is sufficient to prevent the luminaire from overheating, and (b) whether the reflector/shade can withstand the resulting temperature.