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Is it bad or harmful to unscrew light fixtures so that some are not always on?

Is it bad or harmful to unscrew light fixtures so that some are not always on?

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Old 09-19-13, 12:02 PM
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Is it bad or harmful to unscrew light fixtures so that some are not always on?

In my bathroom I have a light panel for six regular sized bulbs. Is it bad, harmful or dangerous to unscrew some so they don't make contact and turn on but some of them do? Would it be better to just remove them or is that worse to turn on a light fixture with some bulbs missing?
 
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Old 09-19-13, 12:14 PM
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It would probably be better to leave the unwanted ones loose as opposed to leaving the sockets empty.
 
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Old 09-19-13, 12:18 PM
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Or use burned out bulbs. That way loose bulbs won't vibrate loose and fall.
 
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Old 09-19-13, 12:28 PM
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Ahhhhh......a perfect use for a disposable item
 
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Old 09-19-13, 12:37 PM
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Cool thanks for the replies. When I moved in it had 4 (out of 6) bulbs with different shapes. I especially like one that is dim and sometimes won't turn on right away but it has a cool shape I never saw before. I plan to use 6 different bulbs, but keep some loose to save electricity and to save the bulbs to screw in when I am expecting company. And when I get burned out bulbs I will use those and then switch them when I need to.
 
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If you want them to last longer, remember to wash and dry your hands really well before touching one of the good light bulbs. Then pull a thin glove or a clean sock over the hand you'll be working with.

IOW, never touch a new or still-good light bulb with your bare hand. Seriously. The oils on your hand will transfer to the bulb and form a spot where heat will concentrate, which will shorten the life of the bulb.
 
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Did not know about the touching thing, all I knew is that many years ago the floor lamps with the Halogen bulbs specifically said not to touch the bulb. It's good to know and I will use something to protect the bulbs. I recently had a problem with a 3 way bulb. Only one worked correctly, the other was off on the lowest setting and then stayed the same for the next two clicks. I recently bought 2 3way floor lamps and it's easier to keep both bulbs than return them.
 
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Old 09-19-13, 01:31 PM
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all I knew is that many years ago the floor lamps with the Halogen bulbs specifically said not to touch the bulb.
The hotter the bulb gets the greater the effect. That's why it's more critical with incandescents, and especially halogens, than with fluorescents and LEDs.

I recently had a problem with a 3 way bulb. Only one worked correctly, the other was off on the lowest setting and then stayed the same for the next two clicks.
That can indicate a problem with the 3-way socket. The standard center tab powers the middle-range filament that comes on at the second and third positions, and a second tab, off to the side, powers the second filament that comes on at the first and third positions. Always check a 3-way bulb acting that way in a different 3-way socket that you believe to be good, if possible
 
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Old 09-19-13, 01:34 PM
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Yeah, it's the bulb and not the lamp. I bought a 2 pack of 3way bulbs and one works fine in both lamps and one works off, on, on in both lamps.
 
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The one that is off in the first switch position and the same intensity in the second and third switch positions is partly burned out. It should be returned as defective if it came that way.

If you unscrew a bulb partway to keep it off and save energy, then if it flickers or crackles from time to time that shortens the life of the socket because there is an arc going on back there.

If you unscrew it too much then it might fall out when no one is looking.
 
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