Bulbs frequently burning out

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Old 01-27-04, 06:35 AM
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Bulbs frequently burning out

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Been in our house about 4 years. Compared to our old house, this house seems to blow light bulbs quite often. They don't explode or anything, but they do have an audible pop quite often. Any ideas as to what may cause this?

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Joe
 
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Old 01-27-04, 07:59 AM
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cheap bulbs or voltage spikes? I would try and to buy a better quality bulb if you are using a low quality one . than see if the problem still happens
 
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Vibration, heat, high voltage, poor quality bulbs, and a lot of usage are all bulb killers. Here are some ideas for extending bulb life:
  • Buy name brand bulbs (GE, Sylvania, Philips).
  • Buy bulbs marked 130V. They are a bit harder to find.
  • Buy bulbs marked "double-life".
  • Buy "rough service" bulbs.
  • Use a dimmer. Bulb life is significantly extended when dimmed.
  • Use lower wattage bulbs to reduce heat buildup.
  • Buy fixtures that provide more ventilation to the bulb and/or don't trap the rising heat.
  • Use the rubber vibration dampers for garage door opener mountings.
  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Turn off the lights when not in use. Consider motion sensing switches.
  • Make sure fixtures are securely mounted.
  • Try to keep the kids from jumping up and down on the floor.
 
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Old 01-27-04, 08:29 AM
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Keep the kids from jumping up and down? yeah right


I didn't know vibration will contribute to that. Our washer and dryer is on the second floor so we get more vibes up there. Thanks for the input!!!

Joe
 
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Old 01-27-04, 12:48 PM
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Front-loading washer are particularly bad about causing vibrations on second floors.
 
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Old 01-27-04, 01:36 PM
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Wow, we have front loading washer/dryer. Good call.
 
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tx, you're on a roll. So what does joe like on his bagel in the morning?
 
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Old 01-27-04, 04:10 PM
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Perhaps the purchase of rough service bulbs would be a good investment for that family.
 
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Old 01-27-04, 07:50 PM
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Haha our house needs rough service everything!

Thanks for the help everybody!

Joe
 
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