Can light bulbs cause an electrical fire?


If you use a bulb with a higher wattage than the fixture is designed for, it can absolutely cause a fire. Note, though, that fluorescent bulbs (the "twisty" kind used to replace an incandescent bulb) and led bulbs are usually listed as being an "equivalent" wattage to an incandescent but actually draw far less current and those bulbs can be used in a larger equivalency than the original incandescent bulb.

In addition, long term use of a fixture (meaning decades) will eventually dry out the wiring insulation and that can be a fire hazard. Not the fault of the bulb, just the result of years and years of heat.

Updated on January 24, 2018

Original Article:

What Causes Electrical Fires in the Home
By Dan Harmon