Will this work? (Lightbulb question)

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  1. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Here in MS we need bug lights outside during the summer. Our porch lights use those little fancy flame shaped bulbs with small ends. I can't find those in yellow! My solution was to paint them! Yup, I just finished painting all my porch lightbulbs yellow with acrylic artist's paint.

    Hubby says it won't work, that they will overheat and the house will burn down.

    His mom says they will get hot and the paint will melt off.

    I say they are only 15 watt bulbs, they are only turned on for a few hours each night and it WILL work.

    Which one of us is right?
     
  2. Lynne

    Lynne Well-Known Member

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    What's the saying? Nothing beats a failure but a try. At 15 Watts I think that the worse that will happen is that the paint will crack and peel, like your mom said.
     

  3. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    I did this years back and the bulbs worked well for many months, eventually there will be 'spiderwebs' show up in the paint due to the heat. I do not remember what type of paint was used.
     
  4. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Not my mom...my MIL...LOL.
     
  5. Qwispea

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    ..Probably nothing for your hubby to worry about..as long as you don't paint it 'red'.. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Ravenlost

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    If the paint cracks I can paint 'em again. It's dark now so I'm gonna give 'em a try. :p