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Resistor rating question

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A project i am doing has quite a few resistors. Most are 1/4W unless otherwise specified. I understand the implications of going down a notch on power rating, but can I use a 1/2 watt instead one of the 1/4W's if that is what I have available? Or is that bad in case of a short somewhere and the resistor blows first? Thanks for any help


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Thanks.....I figured that the design wouldn't rely on a resistor failing first in the circuit. Can never be too sure though! Thanks crust!


crust said:
Resistors should not be used as fuses.
In reality, fusible resistors are designed for just this use. This is a very common failure item in many newer TV's and computer monitors. Here is a spec sheet for the NTE fusibles...
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