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Can LED Bulbs Be Used in Ovens?

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People rely a lot on lighting in the kitchen. It helps them monitor their cooking process and prevent any cooking accidents. You may have a broken light bulb in the kitchen. Since LEDs are popular now you’re probably wondering: can LED bulbs be used in ovens?

Can LED Bulbs Be Used in Ovens? 

You can’t use LED bulbs in ovens. Most LED bulbs use plastic materials which obviously don’t pair well with a hot oven since plastic can easily melt when exposed to high temperatures. An oven works by cooking food in high heat which makes the oven and LED bulbs incompatible with each other.  

You won’t even get to see the LED light bulb light up for a minute if subjected to high heat in the oven. However, you can buy a high-quality LED bulb designed to resist high heat. They can be quite expensive, though. 

LED light bulbs used in ovens

You should also remember that LED tends to shorten their lifespan when exposed to heat. The heat from the oven can cause the bulb to flicker or blur. You can take this as a warning that the LED bulb is about to die

Is There A Special Light Bulb for Ovens?

Most ovens use 15-watt tubular halogen lamps and some use a 40-watt appliance bulb. Microwave ovens use a 25-watt T7 microwave light bulb. Most of these bulbs consistently turn on even when lighting is exposed to high temperatures and are often shatterproof. 

However, you should first consult with a lighting expert before changing the oven light by yourself. Oftentimes, they’ll look into your oven or ask for the:

  • Wattage 
  • Voltage 
  • Bulb size
  • Bulb shape 
  • Base

Ovens use different types of lighting so you can’t really say there’s a special light bulb made just for ovens. However, you can call oven light bulbs special since they can withstand high amounts of heat.

What Bulbs Should You Use in the Oven?

People most commonly use the traditional incandescent light bulbs for their oven. You can get special incandescent bulbs that are appliance-rated. Appliance-rated incandescent bulbs can stay on even if exposed to high temperatures for a long time. 

Before buying an appliance-rated incandescent bulb, you should take note of the following:

  • Check the voltage of your oven. Most American ovens run on 100 – 120 Volts. Most countries outside the U.S.A run on 220 – 240 Volts. 
  • Decide what wattage to buy and how much brightness your incandescent bulb should have. Most people use incandescent bulbs at 15 watts to 40 watts.
  • Check for the type of bulb base in your oven. Most ovens use the E14 base type. 
Modern kitchen

What Happens If You Put LED Bulbs in the Oven?

If you put LED light in your oven, the constant heat causes the LED to dim down and eventually fail to produce light. You also risk damaging your oven or its light socket. 

Some LEDs might work but incandescent bulbs are better overall for the oven. It also helps heat up the oven too. Make sure you check if the appliance is rated LED which mostly are fridge and freezer-friendly. 

How Long Will LED Bulbs Last in the Oven?

In a heated oven, the plastic material in LED will melt quickly. It can even produce smelly fumes inside the oven affecting your food if heated enough. LED bulbs will last for a short period inside an oven before it blows out. 

All bulbs typically wear out faster when exposed to heat. LEDs tend to die out faster than most light bulbs when exposed to heat. The heat from the oven causes the silicon material to migrate and burn damaging the LED bulb.

Not to mention that the smoke produced by the burnt LED can affect your oven. The plastic smell might stick there for a long time which will also affect the food you put there. 

Is It Dangerous to Use LED Bulb in the Oven?

As a basic premise, you should never try using LED light bulb in your oven. You might risk your LED bulb shattering while cooking due to excess heat from the oven. The impact from the bulb exploding could harm the insides of your oven especially the light socket. 

The smelly fumes created by the melting plastic may also cause health hazards. If the smoke escapes the oven, it will create a foul smell in your home. It may also irritate your eyes and can even upset some stomachs of other people.

That’s how dangerous the risk of using LED bulbs in your oven is. You should only use incandescent or halogen bulbs for your oven. You should also consult lighting experts if you don’t have a clue about what you’re doing.   

Opened oven with pasta dish about to be baked

Related Questions

Before we wrap up this article, it’s time to answer two related questions about this subject.

How Do High Temperatures in the Oven Affect LED Bulb?

A LED light consists of microprocessors and semiconductors covered in a plastic casing. The temperatures in the oven can go up to 500° F (260° C) which can practically burn up most plastic. Turn it up a notch with the self-care button and you can reach temperatures as high as 800°F (425° C) which would just melt your LED bulb in an instant. 

Regular LED light bulbs normally operate at temperatures ranging between 77° F and 104° F (25° C – 40° C). LEDs prefer working in a cool environment. In fact, they work more efficiently under cooler temperatures.

LED bulbs produce less light output as temperature increases. Once you reach the heat threshold the LED plastic parts start to melt and the LED bulb stops functioning. 

Is It Safe to Use an Oven with No Light?

You can use an oven with no lights but there are a lot of risks involved along with it. Without light, you can’t properly check if your food is done or not. Opening and closing the oven door just to check can ruin the cooking process. 

An empty bulb socket can also cause some accidents. For example, the exposed socket is live and it can potentially shock you if you accidentally graze it while getting your food. The empty socket may also get some food residue inside it that can hinder its function.

Conclusion

LED bulbs and oven should not go together. They have a contrasting preference. LEDs prefer operating in cool conditions while ovens use high heat to function. You should never try using LEDs on your oven or it will cause you a lot of trouble.