Light bulbs burn out frequently

Old 10-20-03, 06:16 PM
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Angry Light bulbs burn out frequently

My wife and I have owned our home for four years. In that time, I would estimate conservatively that we have replaced 75-100 light bulbs. Twice, I have turned on the light switch and watched as a "flame-tip" bulb literally blasted out of it's metal socket into the floor from a ceiling fan.

We owned another house for five years before this one and replaced probably 30 bulbs the entire time.

What items should I check to determine if thes bulbs are blowing as a result of electrical problems?


Old 10-20-03, 06:38 PM
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Sounds like your voltage might be a little high. If so, you might wabt to replace your bulbs with 130V bulbs. Also, is the house near a highway or busy road? Vibrations from traffic can drastically reduce bulb life.
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Do any of your lights flicker? It's possible that you have a loose neutral at your service entrance. That can cause voltage fluctuations which are hard on more than light bulbs.
Old 10-21-03, 03:25 AM
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Too high voltage is what is causing your bulbs to pop. Most likely cause is loose neutral as John has stated and probably at panel box if this happens all over house. If only at ceiling fans l would drop the light cones and take a look see at the light sockets. You will be looking for corrosion and deteriorated connections. Call your power company and have them check your meter base at service entrance this they usually will do free of charge.....Good luck RL
Old 10-21-03, 01:44 PM
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You need to look on the other shelf at the store. You got the flame bottom bulbs instead of the flame tip bulbs. :-)

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