Dear Home-Ec 101,
Does “appliance bulb” mean any appliance?
My oven light bulb went out. The previous home owners did not leave the manual, and I’ve had no luck finding one on the internet.
My Lowe’s sales clerk was “almost positive” that the bulbs that include “appliances” in the list of recommended uses would be safe because of the thick glass cover that goes over the bulb. I also found the following statement:
As the bulb I took out was labeled 40 watt appliance bulb, I suspect that I am fine using the Sylvania 40 watt appliance bulb that I bought (I cannot find any information on whether there are special appliance bulbs for ovens on the company’s website).
But, I could start a fire here. So I thought I would ask Home-Ec 101.
Burnt-Out in Berkeley
Yes, appliance bulbs are simply the standard size for most appliances. Glass has a ridiculously high melting point and the tungsten filament burns hot. An oven designed for residential use, even with the self-cleaning setting, is not going to come anywhere close to the design threshold of the light.
The only time you could possibly approach this temperature would be in a kiln or blast furnace and at that point, lighting is the least of your worries.
The thick glass cover has nothing to do with protecting the light bulb from heat, it simply protects the the appliance light bulb from impact and food spatter. It is possible that if food spatter landed directly on the glass of a hot, bare bulb, the temperature differential could possibly, maybe cause the bulb to shatter.
Don’t stress, your appliance bulb is just fine to use in your oven.
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