Definition of wattage in English:



  • 1An amount of electrical power expressed in watts.

    • ‘Standard candles simplify calculations immensely: since the supernovas all have the same wattage, the dim ones are far away and the bright ones are nearby.’
    • ‘First, try to establish the wattage of your power supply.’
    • ‘Circuits can only handle a specified total wattage of all the electrical products connected to that circuit.’
    • ‘The higher the wattage (voltage times amperage), the higher the field.’
    • ‘Power supplies are rated by the wattage they can produce, so it's important to have one that can meet the combined demand of your system, with room to grow.’
    • ‘The key is to select a transformer that is equal to the total of the wattage, or one that is the next step up.’
    • ‘One area under the magnifying glass is the kitchen, where at least 50 percent of the total wattage from permanent lighting must be high-efficiency.’
    • ‘Also, it is difficult to find an LED system that produces high wattage.’
    • ‘Consider the wattage required and the heat that will be generated.’
    • ‘The sculpture was some sort of fibre optic thing with elongated tendrils that pulsed slowly at a very low wattage.’
    • ‘‘They've increased the amount of wattage that's delivered,’ he says.’
    • ‘So, the resulting wattage of this power supply is 250 rather than 300 watts.’
    • ‘Make sure to use a dimmer that is rated to handle the total amount of wattage.’
    1. 1.1 The operating power of a lamp or other electrical appliance expressed in watts.
      • ‘Circuits can only handle a specified total wattage of all the electrical products connected to that circuit.’
      • ‘The brightness level of the lighting is determined by the bulb wattage that is selected.’
      • ‘Also, the wattage will in part depend simply on the tastes of the room's inhabitants; some people find a very high-wattage light harsh, even in an incandescent bulb.’
      • ‘Available bulb wattages range from 4 watts, up to 50 watts (halogen).’
      • ‘A bulb of too high wattage or the wrong type may lead to fire through overheating.’
      • ‘But their high wattage and high surface brightness have limited their use to large open spaces.’
      • ‘What if total bulb wattage exceeds my power pack rating?’
      • ‘Don't let the low wattages fool you - these are serious CPUs that can do serious tasks.’
      • ‘I was looking for 25 watt bulbs, a ridiculous wattage, but that's what the original fixture in the dining room wants.’
      • ‘He also wondered at what stage the Corporation was at with its public lighting programme for this year - if the wattage of lights could be increased and if extra lighting could be provided in his area.’
      • ‘Incandescent ceiling lights, when properly installed, are reasonably safe if the bulb wattages are in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.’
      • ‘Multiply the wattage of each individual electrical device by the number of hours you expect to use them each day.’
      • ‘Appliance wattage is usually listed on the manufacturer's label.’
      • ‘Hence, this relationship was used to determine the number and wattage of lamps to use for disinfection of room air.’
      • ‘Also, because the light is redirected downward, the same amount of illumination can be achieved using a lower wattage bulb.’
      • ‘Generally, the bigger the battery, the longer the burn time for the same wattage of lamp.’
      • ‘For those that must be on, switch to a lower wattage or try low-pressure sodium lights that reduce glare.’
      • ‘Use special, heavy duty extension cords for high wattage appliances such as air conditioners, portable electric heaters, and freezers.’
      • ‘The reason for this is, if replacement bulbs have a different voltage or wattage to the original set, your lights will be dimmer or brighter and this will overload the light chain and permanently damage the set.’
      • ‘Total up the total wattage of appliances and lights you need running during a blackout.’