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    Replace a 100 watt light with a 300 watt light

    We have a hayward astrolite 12v 100 watt fixture that leaks. In ordering a replacement, I accidentally ordered a 12v 300 watt model. Is it safe to replace the 100 watt with the 300 watt fixture?

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    Mike

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    Re: Replace a 100 watt light with a 300 watt light

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    I doubt it. I assume your fixture was designed and wired to handle 100 watts, not 3 times that much.

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    Wait a minute, maybe I jumped the gun. I thought you were talking about putting a larger bulb in and existing fixture, but if you are replacing wiring and the fixture, it might be fine ... just really bright.
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    Re: Replace a 100 watt light with a 300 watt light

    If the fixture says 100 watts then don't exceed the 100 watts bulb size. It may only be 12 volts, but 300 watts means that there is 300 watts of total power being pulled by the bulb. That's 3 times the total power of the 100 watt bulb which is that the fixture was designed for and UL listed at. Three times the power means close to three times the heat generated.
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    Re: Replace a 100 watt light with a 300 watt light

    I am replacing the fixture, not just the bulb. I didn't know if there was an issue putting in a higher wattage fixture. I've since located the transformer, and it says 12v, 100 watt max. So I'm returning the one I bought and ordering the 100 watt fixture to avoid problems.

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