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I purchased a 100 watt LED and a 3 way lamp, but now that it is all assembled I have just read in the instructions:

Lamp is rated for max 150 watt incandescent, Type A E-26, 3-way bulb. DO NOT USE HALOGEN BULB WITH THIS LAMP. Halogen bulbs operate at a higher temperature and pose a fire hazard

They don't mention LED. Is it safe for me to use the LED bulb? I just don't want to start a fire and I didn't see anything posted about safety warnings in the instructions.

  • Is the LED bulb an actual 3-way bulb equivalent? – Michael Karas Oct 7 '14 at 3:28
  • @MichaelKaras, With an LED, 3 way becomes mute. The switch becomes on/off and not off/low/med/high. As for LED, I'm assuming it's a 100 watt equivalent which would be safe to use. LED's of equivalent wattage as incandescent run much cooler. – diceless Oct 7 '14 at 3:46
  • @diceless: I don't know what the original poster purchased but there are actually 3-way LED bulbs. – Hank Oct 7 '14 at 4:12
  • @HenryJackson, I would love to find some. All my table lamps are 3 way and the 3 way CF's are too big to fit. Haven't seen any 3 way LED's in stores in my area so just using standard LED's in them. – diceless Oct 7 '14 at 4:23
  • @diceless: The Home Depot near me has a few 3-way LED models in stock and more online. Also I see Amazon.com has a few as well. They're more expensive than "regular" bulbs but the prices seem to be coming down. – Hank Oct 7 '14 at 5:41
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I'm assuming this is a 100 watt equivalent bulb, that is actually only running 18-20 watts. Using a 100 watt equivalent will be safe as they run much cooler than even an incandescent.

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LED's of any consumer wattage run cool enough to use in any incandescent-rated socket. The warning is specific to halogen incandescent bulbs, which run hotter than standard incandescents.

Go for it.

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In general yes. Use an LED bulb that is marked 'dimmable', and do not use it in an enclosed glass fixture -- many of the bulbs are made of plastic and can melt.

Also, look for a bulb that has more even light distribution; older bulbs often had the LED elements on a rectangular bar that created 'stripes' of higher and lower intensity light, all of which looks terrible in a lamp.

  • Getting a dimmable will have no effect. 3-way is not the same as dimmable (the former uses two filaments at mains voltage, the latter uses reduced voltages) – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jul 12 '18 at 17:38

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