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The consensus on this question ranges from "using LED light bulbs in enclosures presents a fire risk" to "using LED light bulbs in enclosures presents NO fire risk, but shortens the life of the bulb due to overheating". LED lights get hot at the base, but they don't seem to get nearly as hot as incandescent bulbs. In an enclosure, heat does not vent out of the enclosure, and the heat source from bulbs builds up. Some commenters in these articles claim there isn't much of a problem with the bulbs if they are only used outside at night when it is cooler, or if they are only on for a short time — such as in a bathroom. But what if the light is left on for a long period because someone forgets to turn it off. To play it safe, find bulbs that are stated to be "suitable for enclosure" … otherwise users must be sure that regular LED bulbs are not used in enclosures where they might be turned on in enclosures for prolonged periods — especially in hot environments. In one article, there was discussion that heat damage is cumulative and causes damage to LED bulb circuitry. One symptom of damage might be dimming of the output of the bulb.

A better search might have been "why can't you put LED light bulbs in enclosures" but the original search seemed to resolve to the search results desired.


Why You Can't Use Certain LED Bulbs in Enclosed Fixtures. Heat is the enemy of LED light bulbs. ... Enclosed fixtures that don't allow for proper ventilation can drastically affect the temperature of the LED bulb, causing it to overheat and shortening the lifespan of the bulb.Oct 23, 2017
Oct 23 Why You Can't Use Certain LED Bulbs in Enclosed Fixtures
https://blog.1000bulbs.com/home/what-is-an-enclosed-fixture-rating

Oct 23 Why You Can't Use Certain LED Bulbs in Enclosed Fixtures
https://blog.1000bulbs.com/home/what-is-an-enclosed-fixture-rating
Oct 23, 2017 - Why You Can't Use Certain LED Bulbs in Enclosed Fixtures. Heat is the enemy of LED light bulbs. ... Enclosed fixtures that don't allow for proper ventilation can drastically affect the temperature of the LED bulb, causing it to overheat and shortening the lifespan of the bulb.

lighting - Why do my led bulbs state: not for use in totally ...
https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/79466/why-do-my-led-bulbs-state-not-for-use-in-totally-enclosed-luminaires
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Dec 7, 2015 - Yes, it is because of the heat buildup in enclosed fixtures, and no you should not use the bulb in that ceiling fixture you listed unless you are willing to accept shortened bulb life. Your options are: ... Replace the fixture entirely with a LED fixture that doesn't have bulbs at all. E.g.
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Be Careful Using LED Replacement Lights in Enclosed Fixtures ...
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Aug 4, 2015 - Be Careful Using LED Replacement Lights in Enclosed Fixtures ... A few days after that swap my dad noted a remark he'd read on one of the various LED lightbulb boxes ... In case you can'ttell from the photo, there are no vent ports in that ... by Xledia, for a bulb designed for use inside of enclosed fixtures.

Why You Can't Use Certain LED Bulbs in Enclosed Fixtures | OEO ...
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Mar 27, 2018 - This could be for many reasons, such as keeping water out or simply to protect the circuitry underneath. However, even with LEDs, the lighting is also a heat source and in enclosed fixtures the light has less space to spread out. When the heat doesn't spread out, it has to go somewhere, so it goes back in.
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