I read some past posts on light bulbs burning out frequently but I
think this is a new twist. About two years ago I lived in an older
house and I experienced my light bulbs burning out very frequently. I
posted the question and got some good feedback including "long life
bulbs" and "replace fixtures". Anyway, since then we have moved to a
slightly newer house (by about 30 years). Well, the light bulbs are
still burning out more frequently than they should! Is it a
poltergeist that won't leave me alone? Should I call a psychic for a
house cleansing? Or do you think that it could be something like one
of my appliances that I brought with me (i.e., washer/dryer) is doing
something to cause it? How can I check?
You are not alone. :-)
My house is only about 15 years old but the light in the bedroom, which
holds 2 bulbs, kept burning up 1 bulb only. I replaced the fixture but it
still burns out only 1 bulb.
Over the years household power voltages has been creeping up.
I pay little more at lighting fixture shop for bulbs. It's rated at
125V(for longer life) and visually filament looks heavier. 10 year
old house here and more than 90% are original bulbs. I have some on
dimmers as well.
Tom Sargent wrote:
On 23 Oct 2003 18:34:13 GMT, email@example.com (HA HA Budys Here)
Here too. The expensive bulbs can last well over 20 years. I
especially enjoy a dim-light morning bathroom for a minute or so.
Unfortuately it annoys the AM reception on the radio big time, and the
dimmer installed claims no AM interference.
Consider using flourescent "lightbulbs".
The price on those "spiral form flourescent "lightbulbs" keeps coming
down, and if your electricity supplier participates in the "Energy Star"
program you can probably buy the 23 watt ones for under $3 each. They put
out as much light as a 75 watt incandescent bulb, and only 1/3 the heat,
which is nice when you're paying for air conditioning.
I've been switching over to them in our home wherever practical, and
smiling about how I'm lowering my electric bill and greatly increasing the
times between having to bother getting the little stepladder out and
There are "dimable" flourescent "lightbulbs" available for a bit more
money, but I haven't tried them yet, because all the fixtures we use
dimmers on have decorative bulbs in them, and the flourescents would look
pretty strange in them. I have seen some of those "flourescent lightbulbs"
with a frosted round glass bulb around the spiral flourescent tube which
look pretty much like the larger sized traditional decorative bulbs, but
the price for those is still pretty steep.
About the only downside I've noticed is that if the room is cold, the
flourescents are noticably dim when switched on, but they warm up quickly
to full brightnes within a minute.
I converted the pair of decorative light fixtures outside our front door
to get rid of the three candelabra based clear flame shaped 25 watt bulbs
in them, (There always seemed to be at least one burned out.) I replaced
them with a single 23 watt flourescent in each fixture. Those are *really*
dim when when they're fired up on a winter night here in Taxachusetts, but
they brighten up pretty quickly too.
Count me among the converts...
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can keep smiling when things go wrong, you've thought of someone
to place the blame on."
Have someone check your line voltage. Occasionally, the power co. adjusts it
somewhere and yours might go up too high, burning out bulbs and stressing
your appliances. Call the utility they will check for free.
"Tom Sargent" <t firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
On Thu, 23 Oct 2003 15:03:46 +0000, Alan Beagley
Several companies now make dimmable CFLs, although they're typically
$20-25 each. At least one type has a replaceable bulb, separate from
the ballast, that's less expensive to replace.
Mary Shafer Retired aerospace research engineer
On Mon, 3 Nov 2003 22:02:38 -0600 (CST), email@example.com (mark
You're quite right. That was just a first pass on the Web. When I
actually have to buy these bulbs (about 70, if I put one in every can
light, or about half that, if I put them only in the cans with
dimmers), I'll definitely shop around. The ones I want are the
6500-deg, 23-watt ones.
Mary Shafer Retired aerospace research engineer
Upside down in can lights , they will have a shorter life, the
electronics will run hot.Save your receipts and warranty card. Max Lite
makes a vented electronics area. But you should work with a commercial
supplier, and get a recomended unit.
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