I'm a newbie so hi there!
Apologies if this is a stupid query but I'm doing my nut having to
replace bulbs on an almost weekly basis (and I have searched previous
posts too but still need some advice..).
We moved in about 2 years ago, the house was supposed to have been re-
wired (at least partially) within the last 5 years, all the lights are
on one circuit and we have modern switch type fuse box (sorry not a
tech, just giving my best description..).
At first with standard bulbs they were blowing one every couple of
weeks, in addition the kitchen light (flourescent tube) had a flickery
effect when coming on and was prone to tripping the circuit.
First we replaced all our standard bulbs with energy efficient ones.
No help, it just became much more expensive to replace them. The
kitchen light was quite old and also our son flooded the bathroom
(directly above the kitchen) with the effect that everything got
soaked and we thought maybe that had affected something in the light
fitting. Scrapping the whole light fitting we bought a nice bright
halogen track light from IKEA.
Sometime over the last couple of months the rest of our lights seem to
have settled down and I haven't had to replace one for ages. The flip
side of this is that the halogens have been a disaster, there are 5 x
GU10 35 watt bulbs on the track and they blow at a rate of 1 or 2 a
In terms of contributing factors, they are not recessed, not anymore
exposed to heat/vapour than would be normal as it is a fair sized
kitchen with extractor, there has been once since we got them another
'flood' from above (courtesy of my son - AGAIN) but they were already
blowing before this happened and I just don't know what is wrong or
how to find out (short of calling an electrician which seems a little
Any suggestions on what is wrong and how to remedy it would be very
gratefully received :)
thanks for reading,
- posted 12 years ago