13w bulb in a 26w socket/fixture?
when I ordered a new light fixture for my building's vestibule, it came with sockets for four-pin CFL lamps (bulbs) instead of the two-pin I thought I had ordered.
When the electrician went to put the lamps into the sockets, there was a plastic flange that was in the way--it didn't line up with the socket. He promised me it would be OK, and he cut the plastic tab off.
Last week one of them burned out, so I figured I'd get it squared away properly. And got up on the ladder myself, to discover that the IS a slot for a tab, but it's in the 26W spot.
(and there's a "26W" on the socket itself)
So I'll buy a replacement bulb w/ the tab in the right position.
Meanwhile--the bulb that's in the fixture is a 13W. Do I need to replace it, or can I just wait until it burns out?
And in general, what happens when a 13w bulb is in a 26w socket? Does it burn out sooner (bcs I had expected these bulbs to last a lot longer than this. The two-pin ones in the old fixture lasted forever. I stocked up on bulbs, and I still have ones I've never used.)