Converting Ceiling Fan light from Intermediate(E17) to Medium base so you can use CFLs

Jan 8, 2008 Published by Tony Primerano

Up until a few months ago, all of my bedroom ceiling fans used Compact Florescent bulbs (CFLs). Back in October I bought a Hampton Bay Ceiling fan for Dani's room and when I installed the light fixture I noticed it had a different socket type. It used Intermediate base bulbs (also known as E17). These bulbs are rare and there is no CFL option. So I went back to Home Depot and sure enough all the manufacturers were starting to use these things. The Home Depot guy suspected it was a conspiracy between the ceiling fan companies and the bulb manufacturer. There is only a single brand of intermediate base bulbs at Home Depot so this made a little sense. They also cost as much as a CFL!
I had no desire to use these bulbs so I started looking into converting my base to use the standard medium base socket. I saw a medium base for a ceiling fan display model at Home Depot but they wouldn't sell it to me and it was no longer going to be carried. The plot thickened. So I looked on the Lowes website and I found a medium base socket that I figured I could retrofit onto my base. While I was looking for the item at Lowes, I asked a representative of one of the lighting companies (who was restocking) about the intermediate bases and he said it was all part of the 2007 Energy Bill. Huh? How can using a base that doesn't support CFLs be part of an energy bill? I googled around and it appears this was a loophole to get around the Bill. The bill required ceiling fan manufacturers to ship with CFLs, UNLESS they used candelabra or intermediate base bulbs.


Here is the conversion that I did tonight in about 15 minutes.

DISCLAIMER: Please do no do this unless you are experienced with electrical wiring. Follow these steps at your own risk. There may be typos so use common sense if you do this.

1) Unscrew the existing sockets and cut the wires. Keep track of the original wiring. Save the screws.

2) Remove the mount from the Lowes socket and attach it to the base with the screw from the intermediate base. Twist and bend to get it as close to center.
3) You'll need to strip the existing wires that were not part of the intermediate bases.
4) Combine your whites and blacks and attach with a twist on electrical wire connector.

5) Reinstall

Since these sockets are bigger I needed to bend the socket a little before the light covers fit but overall the fixture looks great.

Pictures. yeah close ups are out of focus but hopefully helpful. ;-)
This is the bottom of the intermediate bulb base. poor focus. This is where you will find the screw to remove it.

intermediate base

Here is how the medium base (lleft) compares to the intermediate base (right).

medium to intermediate comparison

The new base had 2 screws. I removed them and used the screw from the intermediate base since I knew it fit the fixture.

medium base

Old Wiring.

original wiring

New Wiring

new wiring

And now I have CFL joy.

finished product

  • A photo of Howie Howie says:

    Cool. Hope you didn't forget your electrical tape around the wirenuts...

  • I used to do that but it seems pretty pointless so I stopped. Anyone following this please follow your local code. :-)

  • A photo of Alan K Alan K says:

    All of my ceiling fans have dimming lights. Have you found any decent dimming CFLs?

  • A photo of Jeff Jeff says:

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I have 2 ceiling fans that came with the intermediate bases. I found the replacement bases at Lowe's for $1.97 each. I've changed out 1 ceiling fan & I am in the process of working on the 2nd one. Our Hampton Bay light kit was a little different than yours. It had the quick connect globes instead of the screw type so I had to remove a few extra pieces to be able to use the regular base sockets. Now we can use the CFL bulbs! We already had 2 of the intermediate base bulbs "explode" - luckily no one was injured.

  • Jeff, I had a bulb explode in the 1st week. I figured it was damaged in shipping but perhaps Hampton Bay is getting a good deal on defective bulbs. I had to use pliers to get the old bulb out as all the glass was on the floor. Alan, It doesn't sound like dimmers and CFLs play nice. It might work with LED bulbs. At the moment they are too expensive.

  • A photo of Howie Howie says:

    I've seen some "dimmable" CFLs in the stores. Generally, however, people claim they don't work well for the full dimming range. Basically you get nothing until 30-50%... Then it scales properly upwards. I want dimmable CFLs for my ceiling floods, but... Not yet.

  • A photo of JS JS says:

    It is the loophole of 2005 Energy Bill, the one which gave tons of money to oil companies. 2007 Energy Bill is the one that is going to effectively ban incandescent lamps in the next 10 years.

  • A photo of Dennis Dennis says:

    Wow.........just bought a fan........yep........intermediate....... so glad I saw your article. Going to Lowes tomorrow!!! Thanks!!!

  • A photo of Ron Gallo Ron Gallo says:

    Just had to tell you that I went down to Lowe’s to get the part, and it was right in the fan parts section, and only $1.97. Went home installed the fours parts, in super fast speed, and worked 100%. I might note that I just retired from the Electrical dept at the local Home Depot, and I let my buddy know about this crappy deal they are selling, and how to fix it... Thanks again

  • A photo of Mike Boyer Mike Boyer says:

    There is an easier way. Purchase some intermediate to candelabra adapters then buy the candelabra cfl's. No electrical experiance needed.

  • Can someone send me a picture of what a lamp looks like with the candelabra adapter? Does it make the bulbs stick out too far? That is a simpler implementation but more expensive. I can get 16W CFLs for $1 but the Candelabra CFLs are rare and run about $4. Still better than running an incandescent, and for people who don't want to mess with electrical wiring its probably the way to go.

  • A photo of Leslie Leslie says:

    I'm so glad to see this info. I went shopping last night at Home Depot and was told by the salesperson, "I think they changed the sockets because people were overloading them by putting in higher wattage lamps.This way you can only put a 40 or a 60 watt lamp in there." My first reaction was, "Why would they create a new socket that you can't use a CFL in? I will be stoppin at Lowe's to purchase some standard sockets asap. Thanks.

  • A photo of Ann Marie Ann Marie says:

    These comments are really helpful. I just purchased a fan from Home Depot and the lighting has intermediate sockets. After reading your comments, I went to Lowes to buy some standard sockets to replace the intermediate ones . The lady said that over the next few years, they will STOP making the energy efficient standard sized bulbs. I did however find a light kit that takes candelabra candles. I guess I will end up replacing it soon. I would like to know if there are and where adapters can be found for: intermediate to candelabra, or intermediate to standard for the light bulbs. Please if anyone knows anything on where to find them, I would appreciate it.

  • If you want to use a screw in converter I think intermediate to candelabra is the way to go because the bulbs won't stick out too far. I'm not sure if lowes or home depot carry these adapters but there are plenty of places selling them online. images of intermediate to candelabra

  • A photo of Jason K Jason K says:

    Awesome website! Thanks so much for the idea! I have two fans in my family room that i installed last summer from the Home Depot. They both have the E17 base for the sockets. So now I have a total of 8 sockets to replace, but the savings with cfl's will more than make up for the work involved.

  • A photo of Jane Talkington Jane Talkington says:

    Pigtails hanging out of ceiling fans look ridiculous. I realize our nation will save $18 billion a year when we are all mandated to use these inadequate lighting methods. We could have saved an additional $172 BILLION by not waging war in Iraq. Penny wise and pound foolish!

  • Jane, personally, I don't mind the look of CFLs, I'm more concerned about the mercury they contain. In a few years LED lights will be cheap an plentiful. At the moment they are ugly too but I'm sure someone will remedy that as the price drops.

  • A photo of SK SK says:

    Fantastic set of comments. I wish I had researched before. I may just do the easier method of going intermediate to candelabra and candelabra to medium. But that will mean a couple of adapter before the CFL is screwed on. Might be a bit ungainly.

  • A photo of EMD EMD says:

    Well, I was staying in the 60 Watt recommended range for my older ceiling fans, but I guess I was being an energy hog compared the those using the CFLs, as I was using the GE Edison Hallogen bulbs. I have trouble seeing & the extra white light helps, not to mention the positive effects on my mood as well. So my question is, by replacing the sockets with the standard base ones, is the wiring being used by the ceiling fan companies for these light kits capable of safely handling the extra load? Messing with electrical things makes me a bit nervous.

  • A photo of EMD EMD says:

    And second question...concerning those exploding intermediate bulbs... I had pretty much decided before ordering these new fans that I would just have to get use to using the new bulbs. But I'm really not liking what i'm hearing about them. How can I avoid getting any of those exploding bulbs? How do I make sure I'm getting quality bulbs, i guess is the question or is this even possible? Again, messing with electricity makes me nervous & I also have a little puppy I don't want walking through slivers of glass either. I really can use all the advice out there in cyberspace. I've been racking my brain for a month over all this bulb size changes in trying to order a couple of new fans.

  • EMD, the fan wiring is built to handle 60 watt bulbs and CFLs use fewer amps so there shouldn't be an issue. For someone who doesn't want to mess with electricity I would look into getting intermediate to candelabra socket reducers (these just screw in and cost about $2. Then you can buy candelabra CFLs. This costs a lot more but doesn't involve messing with electrical wires. Maybe someone will start making intermediate base CFLs soon. The fan manufacturers are creating demand for them.

  • A photo of Ron Gallo Ron Gallo says:

    The only problem is that if you want over 60watts with a CFL light you can not do this with a candelabra bulb. I have not seen one that is over 60waats. When I changed my socket to meduim base I then went to a 100 watt CFL, and boy does it work... No mater what you think, changing the socket is the best way to go, and so easy. Bye Ron from Santa Rosa, CA

  • A photo of Scott Scott says:

    I was at The Home Depot the other day and in the fan section I found an intermediate CFL. It was only 40 watts but now I don't have to us the adapters anymore. And by the way, Home Depot has the Medium base sockets for fans to replace the intermediate sockets for only 3 bucks

  • Looks like Lowes stopped stocking the socket I was linking to above. It was < $2. They might still have them. Scott, how much were the intermediate CFLs at Home Depot? 40 watts is really high for a CFL. Was that the equivalent light output of a 40 watt bulb I hope. Hopefully its only drawing 13 watts. Let me know if you have a link to it.

  • A photo of Scott Scott says:

    The price at Home Depot is $6.97 for one. It was expensive but I think worth it. The bulb is equivalent to a 40 watt but only draws 9 watts. I can't find a link to the bulb but I know the store by me has them by the fans and the one by my parents is in the CFL section in the bulb aisle.

  • A photo of Geo Geo says:

    I appreciated the article. I was able to change over my E17 to E26 bases as illustrated. My coast t Lowe's was $2.96 for each base. I would suggest that the wire you use for the change over is rated at the same level as the original wiring. Otherwise you may be responsible for over loaded wiring causing a problem in the future.

  • A photo of Rich Rich says:

    Finally an answer. I have been on the net for several hours looking for intermediate base CFL and then looking for adapters. I thought the sockets were pressed in, but finally I found the screw. You were right, approximately 15 minutes from start to finish. Geez I am glad my father taught me respect for electricity instead of fear. The adapters I found for Medium to intermediate base were 8.00 each. This was a much easier and cheaper fix. Thanks

  • A photo of Allen Allen says:

    I cannot belive I found this Blog! Just as I was getting ready to throw out 3 perfectly good Hampton Bay celing light/fans I find the solution. Thanks a pile for the info.

  • A photo of john john says:

    Yeah, about just not buying bottled water! It seems we use 71 million barrels of oil to make the bottles for the water we buy because we are too lazy to keep up with reusable bottle or clean a container to drink from. The lights are just hosing us in the eco friendly dept.since the companies are using the loophole and we can't use low E lights,

  • A photo of Will Russell Will Russell says:

    Tony, don't sweat the mercury in the CFLs. The average CFL contains approximately 4 mg of mercury, and the power it uses over a typical 5-year lifetime will produce another 2.4 mg of mercury through the burning of coal and other fossil fuels, which all contain some amount of mercury. This results in a total of around 6.4 mg of mercury produced over the life of your CFL bulb. On the other hand, they typical 60W incandescent bulb will consume enough power that approximately 10 mg of mercury will be released into the environment over 5-years of use. Even though the CFL bulb uses mercury in its manufacture, the incandescent bulb still produces more. Also, there are several places (including IKEA and Ace Hardware in some areas) that will take CFL bulbs in for recycling or proper disposal.

  • A photo of Dean Dean says:

    Tony, Thanks for the detailed instuctions and photos on converting from an E17 base to an E26 base to use CFLs. Question: Do you observe loud buzzing from your Hampton Bay ceiling fan when the fan blades are rotating? After installing my two Hampton 42" ceiling fans in each bedroom, both fan motors generate an anoying vibration noise, and is most noticiable on low speed. I think it's a manufacturing problem with this brand. Let me know if you are experiencing this problem or anyone else that's reading this.

  • A photo of Matt Matt says:

    I did this same change to my fan today. The one major difference was that ceramic sockets wouldn't fit, as mine has a 1.5" tube that the socket fits within (and ceramic sockets are 1.5"). Instead, I bought the plastic sockets, which fit perfectly.

  • Dean, I have 3 hampton bay fans. One of them was noisy (electric hum) when I got it and I exchanged it the same day. If you have 2 noisy ones maybe the quality is just going downhill. :-\ The one in my room is so quiet all you hear is the air circulating.

  • A photo of Chris Chris says:

    Actually the move to candelabra bases is the manufacturers way of getting around having to supply CFLs with the lights. The Energy Bill of 2005 mandated that CFLs be supplied with all medium and pin base light kits as a way of saving energy. It exempted candelabra bases because there were not CFLs for them at the time. Guess what, every manufacturer switched to all candelabra bases so they didn't have to supply the CFLs. Result, energy consumption will likely rise because even people who want to use CFLs in these fixtures, can't without a lot of the problems described above. We may not have the best engineers any more, but we sure have the best lawyers figuring out how to exploit loopholes.

  • A photo of sundance sundance says:

    Hello Folks: I just bought a new Hampton Bay and was dismayed to find intermediate bases in the light kit. I know where the medium adapters are sold and as an Accomplished DIY electrician, I can easily change out the sockets. You may need the porcelain ones or those with a metal "C" adapter to mount it to the existing fixture base. One thing I recently heard, However is that CFLs SHOULD NOT be used in Ceiling Fan Lights! The possible fan vibration can affect the ballast of the light and cause IT to explode! I have CFLs in one fan and I am taking them OUT post haste. I like energy saving as much as the next person, but I don't want potential "Bombs" in my ceiling fans! Food for thought! Also Medium Base Bulbs are sold in 40-60 watt size that are SMALLER than regular bulbs to better fit the fan shades. They work Fine with Dimmers.

  • A photo of Rod Rod says:

    There are CFL's with a intermediate base, so there is no need to change the base in your light kit for your fan. I do agree that the vibration from the fan could be a problem, but I am not should of this. Also note your dimmer must be specially for CFL's.

  • A photo of David parker David parker says:

    I just came across your posting. I am sorry that you have a Home Depot in your area that people in the Electrical Department without any basic knowledge. It was interesting reading. Two things that I want to clear up. The first is Home Depot sells the same base to make the conversion (probably cheaper than Lowes), and secondly the post about CFLs exploding in fans is an urban myth, kinda along the lines of not talking on your cell phone at a gas station. I haves used CFLs in ceiling fans for over 5 years. Neither I nor any customer of mine has ever had one explode, or catch fire as the other myth goes. By the way I am the Electrical Dept. Supervisor at the Home Depot in my area (Hagerstown,MD). Stop by if you are ever in the area,

  • A photo of Neeneko Neeneko says:

    Just did my conversion today based off your post and it worked great. Exelent write-up. Sadly I have to side with the people agreeing that Home Depot peeps are not terribly helpful. The ones in my area have gone from wonderful to 'even if I can find someone, they don't know much and give me nasty looks for talking to them' over the last few years.

  • A photo of Julia Hall Julia Hall says:

    Hi, I was wondering if any of you would make/design some conversion/connectors for sale so that I could just buy from you and plug it into my ceiling fan light base to change from intermediate to Medium? I am sure lots of people out there are like me who wanted to use CFLs, but are limited to what we can find in the market. Thank you!

  • A photo of Raghu Raghu says:

    There is a E17 to E27 adapter available at They are $3.87 each. I ordered these and tested and they take standard E26 CFLs. E26 are USA standard Edison base, whereas E27 is European standard Edison base. They only differ by one millimeter in base diameter (26mm Vs 27mm). You have to do a small manipulation for these to work. Turn off the main power. Using a flat bed screw driver lift the center pin out in the socket of the intermediate ceiling light kit (Some of these adapters are not long enough for the center pin in the intermediae socket to come in contact with the center contact point of the adapter). I had to do this for 4 out of the 6 adapters I bought. You may have to lift the center pin slightly in the adapter as well. has E17 to E26 converters that are $10 each, way more expensive. Buying these adapters from is cheaper, saves a lot of wiring work for sure.

  • A photo of Dave Dave says:

    Thanks for all the input everyone. I found standard electrical sockets at Home Depot for $1.53 each to replace the silly "intermediate" sockets. It took a couple of hours to retrofit the light fixture and reassemble it on the fan. But now I can use any standard CFLs, available for about $1, vs. the only "intermediate" CFLs I could find which cost $5. Next time I need a ceiling fan, I'll consider a brand other than Hampton Bay. What a bunch of nonsense!

  • A photo of Howie Howie says:

    I just bought a new ceiling fan (same model as 2 others we have in the house). The new fan includes a medium base (YAY) and a CFL in the box. For the cheapest fan in the store ($35). Interestingly, the base now says it takes 13W CFL max. That seems silly since one should theoretically be able to put the same wattage of CFL as the standard bulb would've allowed.

  • A photo of vkolli vkolli says:

    I followed this method and it everything worked OK for couple of months. Couple of weeks ago, CFL bulbs started blowing out one by one couple of sec apart. I turned the switch off after loosing 3 bulbs. I checked the wiring and everything seems to be OK. So I replaced the bulbs and within an hour the bulbs blew out this time tripping the circuit. All through the fan works OK. I don't have a dimmer. I use the standard flip switch & remote to operate the fan. Any clue what's going on? It looks like no one that followed this conversion have this problem.

  • Yikes vkolli.. is the fan on when the lights blew out? I wonder if there is something wrong with the fan motor that is causing a power surge. Sorry this didn't work out for you

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  • A photo of Chris Chris says:

    I was going to do this today, but was in HomeDepot, and guess what? They now carry two types of CFL for intermediate sockets. A 60 watt spiral, and a 40 watt globe. Couldn't see any like that at Lowes. Around here HD has a better selection of CFLs.

  • A photo of Bryan Vekovius Bryan Vekovius says:

    There seems to be some "governor" in the fan as well- seems like the bulb is delayed when coming on, and won't go over 40w. Any ideas or work around here?

  • A photo of Zaq Zaq says:

    IKEA sells a CFL with an intermediate base. It is a relector bulb, non-dimmable. It is in their SPARSAM energy-saving line.

  • A photo of Dave Might Dave Might says:

    found this site a few months ago while looking for an answer to the crappy intermediate bulbs for ceiling fans. In six months I went thru about 12 - 14 bulbs in my kitchen ceiling fans. I finally said "that's enough" and changed all the sockets in one fan to standard, took about 45 minutes, now running 4 23watt CFL and what a difference in lighting and life of bulb! No Lowell's or Home Depot in Princeton Indiana, 30 mile drive to each in other cities, but Menards has the light sockets for 2.23ea with 10 inch wires. $8.92 plus tax is chaper than four to 8 adaptors per fan and get to have a choice in CFLs, the only CFL in intermediate base are in a brand that doesn't work very well for me, they are slow to come on and then have to warm up for full brightness. The "generic" standard base CFLs at Wal-Mart seem to be faster to come on and less time to get to full brightness. Thanks for the tips here on this site! Three more fans to do in the house this afternoon, one in the kitchen and two bedrooms.

  • Mission accomplished, I was looking for this by almost 48 hours online & offline and finally found your blog, it took me less than 2 hours get done I change from e17 Intermediate socket base to e26 median base, Thanks Toni, and all who post here on the blog ... Urbano Mendoza Houston, Tx. PD: I came back to show you my tutorial step by step how I doit. Thank's again goog job everyone...

  • A photo of Preston Preston says:

    Check out you can get adapters to change the intermediate to candleobra

  • A photo of Preston Preston says:

    Check out you can get adapters to change the intermediate to candelabra.

  • A photo of zynga zynga says:

    lol a number of the commentary bloggers put up are a bit spacey, now and then i think about whether they in actual fact read the subject matter and items before leaving your 2 cents or if perhaps they pretty much read the titles and write the initial thought that drifts into their heads. in any event, it is actually nice to look over keen commentary from time to time rather than the same, outdated blog vomit which i oftentimes see on the web i'm off to take up a few hands of facebook poker hasta la vista

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  • A photo of shar shar says:

    Thank you thank you!!! I was almost in tears trying to find CFL replacements for my Hampton Bay, Home Depot-bought ceiling fan. I'm off to IKEA to look at the Sparsam bulbs ($7.99)since I'm intimidated by wiring. Sounds like they might work. If not, I'll learn about wiring - by cracky!! Thanks again.

  • A photo of shar shar says:

    I just got back from Ikea after looking for CFL's (E17) to replace the 60 W incandescents in my ceiling fan - no luck. The maximum wattage Ikea had for an E17 CFL was 7 W (equivalent to 25 watts incandescent). So, thanks again Tony for the instructions on conversion - I'll be giving it a shot.

  • A photo of mike mike says:

    i to bough a remode in lowes hook it up corretly to fan but didnt work. took back to lowes and found out that the battery that goes into the transmiter has a clear coating on it that must be removed. nothing in the insrutions tell you this. so make sure you check all batterys for coating save yourself a lot of work

  • A photo of Matt Matt says:

    I love the government and their infinite wisdom, especially dealing with energy savings. One more reason to replace your bases this way instead of a converter: the converters fit between the base and the bulb, sometimes not allowing the original covering to fit over the bulb(s). This is usually found when a glass dome is placed under the bulbs.

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  • A photo of Matt Matt says:

    Going to give this a shot. I have been to every hardware and lighting store in the area and no one could provide as much information as you have. Thanks.

  • A photo of Sue Sue says:

    Thanks for the info on the government regs. I have looked all over for a ceiling fan with standards bulbs and can't find any. No wonder!! Will have to try your retrofit since I want to use standard bulbs. Thanks

  • A photo of Gino Gino says:

    Great idea, it was an easy upgrade. Thanks.

  • A photo of Hung Hung says:

    How about these?

  • Hey Hung, Nice to see that the price of adapters has dropped a lot since i wrote this in 2008. That is certainly a safer option. :-) The only drawback would be that the bulbs would stick out a little more.

  • A photo of Hilary Hilary says:

    Wondering now what you think the best option would be. I have 4 ceiling fans that were already installed in our house that require the intermediate bulb. You can now purchase the CFLs in intermediate, but they are pricey. I could get adapters and medium base CFLs for about the same price (although then I would always be able to replace with the medium bulbs in the future instead of having to do the intermediate). Or I could try your conversion, but I'm not that handy with electrical

  • Hilary, I would just buy the adapters off ebay now. See Hung's link above. I suspect in 2 years you'll be able to get LED bulbs for about $2. CFLs have been such a disapointment IMO.

  • A photo of Cajun Cajun says:

    Who the hell wants candelabra lamps???....just because they are small, they're still an 'incandescent' bulb and THAT is what the Energy Code was all about...."replace all incandescent bulbs with fluorescents"... Obviously before you journey off to replace the socket bases, make sure that there is plenty of room for your CFL to fit within...

  • A photo of Bob Bob says:

    6 years later, the problem still exists. I have a perfectly functional 20 year old ceiling fan with 2 medium base sockets and a glass diffuser. I am using 2 x 100 watt equivalent halogen bulbs, 3400 lumens, but with the glass cover on, there is just not quite enough light. CFLs are not an option as they take too long to lighten up and we are in and out of this room frequently (which also kills CFLs). A 3 bulb halogen kit would work but does generate a lot of heat. I'd really like to to equip it with some of the newer high powered LED A-lamps but right now those only come with medium bases and almost all of the light kits with 3 or 4 sockets use the smaller bases to get around government regulations. I may be able to find one that comes with CFLs (the government allows medium base if mfgr supplies CFLs in box) and medium base sockets, throw out the CFLs, and put in LEDs.

  • A photo of Kelly Kelly says:

    Thank you for the instructions. I was able to get this done in about a half an hour once I had the parts. Works so much better with the larger sockets. Many more choices in blubs. Plus they last longer.

  • A photo of linda linda says:

    Thank you for your info - the candelabra based fans were a nightmare for me. I went from store to store trying to find medium base fans with no luck. Now there are so many new kinds of bulbs it seems almost worse. Could i convert just about any kind of bulb base? I want to buy a lamp which has Xenon Disc Light (with a Maximum Wattage of 18) and convert it to a medium bulb base so I can use LED bulbs to use less energy. What I've read about xenon bulb bases is confusing but makes it sound like I can't do this kind of change because the light fixture is actually too different/incompatible with standard Edison type bulb bases.