Using LED Light Bulbs in Home Ceiling Outlets

In our prior article reviewing the use of The Home Depot’s 9 Watt EcoSmart LED light bulb, model A19, we took a look at using this new electricity saving light bulb in a table lamp, reading lamp and a flood lamp where it works very well.

Today’s article reviewing the every day use of the 9 Watt LED version of the 40 Watt incandescent workhorse light bulb used in North American homes for decades takes a look at how it performs in two fairly typical ceiling light outlet situations.

For the first situation, take a look at the picture below which we have shown in earlier articles:

Ceiling Light With Non Working CFL Light Bulbs2 Using LED Light Bulbs in Home Ceiling Outlets

It is the shared bathroom in our home. It has one light switch which turns on both the light fixture above the mirror by the sink as well as the ceiling light fixture towards the end of the narrow bathroom which is where the toilet is located.

Once I remove the cover of the ceiling mounted light fixture I see two non-functioning 13 Watt CFL light bulbs. Both are no longer working.

CFLs in Ceiling Light Outlet Using LED Light Bulbs in Home Ceiling Outlets

One of the disadvantages of CFL light bulbs is that their lifespan will be significantly shortened if they are only used for very short periods of time. We do not have anyone in our house who uses that bathroom for more than a few minutes. So, after three years both have stopped working. What good is a light bulb that saves electricity if I have to spend money to replace it every 2 to 3 years?

LED vs CFL Light Bulbs Using LED Light Bulbs in Home Ceiling Outlets

So, I replaced each of the non-functioning 13 Watt CFL’s with an energy saving 9 Watt EcoSmart LED light bulb from The Home Depot. The non-functioning CFL is on the right and the new 9 Watt LED light bulb is on the right in the above picture.

So, how did it turn out? See for yourself in the picture below.

LED 9Watt Light Bulbs in Bathroom Ceiling Using LED Light Bulbs in Home Ceiling Outlets

Notice there is lots and lots of light now in the ceiling light fixture using 8 less Watts with LED light bulbs which will not fail prematurely because they are only use for a few minutes at a time.

Now, the other relatively enclosed area with a similar type of ceiling light fixture is at the landing in our basement by the stairs to the main floor.

In this case it was the same situation; that is replace two 13 Watt CFL light bulbs with two electricity saving 9 Watt LED light bulbs from The Home Depot.

LED 9 Watt Light Bulbs For Basement Landing Using LED Light Bulbs in Home Ceiling Outlets

As can be seen in the picture above, the basement landing area now has a lot of light from the two 9 Watt EcoSmart LED light bulbs.

We also used two of the same 9 Watt EcoSmart LED A19 light bulbs in the same type of ceiling light fixture in a walk-in closet which was the same width and depth as the basement landing area in the picture above. These replaced two of the 13 Watt CFLs and worked very nicely with lots of light. I cannot show you a picture however. Why? Well, it is the walk-in closet for one of our daughters and, well, …. you know. icon smile Using LED Light Bulbs in Home Ceiling Outlets

So, what have we learned about where we can use these electricity saving and therefore money saving light bulbs? Well, these new energy saving LED A19 light bulbs from The Home Depot work well in ceiling light fixtures within relatively enclosed areas like the above basement landing or in a bathroom or a walk-in closet.

What about a long hallway or a long laundry room? That is where we pick things up next time.

Select this link to see how these electricity saving LED A19 light bulbs from The Home Depot work, or don’t work, in ceiling lighting fixtures within larger areas.

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  1. Kevin says:

    How much heat does the bulb generate? I have a light over a shower that only allows low wattage because it is a sealed can assembly with a glass lens per code. I’m using a low watt CFL to keep the heat down but it suffers from the typical slow warm up period. LED seems promising, just wanted to get someones thoughts on the heat compared to a CFL before I drop $20.


  2. Dan says:

    Hi Kevin,
    First, LED light bulbs do not generate any heat, at least these EcoSmart A19′s do not.

    However, the packaging clearly states not for use within enclosed lighting fixtures. It also mentions about not exposing to the outside elements so all that humidity and moisture in the shower, together with the enclosed lighting fixture, might make this particular LED light bulb not suitable for the shower.

    I hope that helps,


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