Will heat crack a CFL used over a stove?

Asked by Charles Leonard
Linden, NJ

Read a while ago that CFL and heat do not mix.


Scott Grieves, CPM, CEA

Answered by Scott Grieves, CPM, CEA

Kissimmee, FL

Kissimmee Utility Authority

April 26, 2013

Good question! If the CFL is covered by a lens it should be okay.

However, the majority of CFLs are to be installed in the vertical position not the horizontal position. (Fire Hazard Warning) If you install a CFL that is not rated for horizontal fixtures it will crack under its own heat, or in your case faster with the additional heat from the stove.

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Hope this helps!

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