MLA Citation: Bloomfield, Louis A. "Question 1531: Lightbulbs and Power"
How Everything Works 20 Feb 2018. 20 Feb 2018 <http://howeverythingworks.org/print1.php?QNum=1531>.
1531. What does it mean if a light bulb uses 60 watts? B, Los Angeles
The watt is a unit of power, equivalent to the joule-per-second. One joule is about the amount of energy it takes to raise a 12 ounce can of soda 1 foot. A 60 watt lightbulb uses 60 joules-per-second, so the power it consumes could raise a 24-can case of soda 2.5 feet each second. Most tables are about 2.5 feet above the floor. Next time you leave a 60-watt lightbulb burning while you're not in the room, imagine how tired you'd get lifting one case of soda onto a table every second for an hour or two. That's the mechanical effort required at the generating plant to provide the 60-watts of power you're wasting. If don't need the light, turn off lightbulb!

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