Front porch lights - help!


Old 12-25-15, 09:07 PM
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Front porch lights - help!


I am posting this because I do not know how to search for this kind of problem.

My 2 front porch lights tend to go out frequently, as in after a couple of weeks. They go out separately. When I replace the bulb(s), they work fine. When I take the old bulb and test it on another light source, that bulb works fine too. I am completely stumped, as I don't know how to single out the problem.

Any suggestions?

Thank you,

Old 12-25-15, 09:30 PM
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That doesn't make a lot of sense. You change the bulb and the fixture works. You try the old bulb and it's good.

The only thing that makes sense is that the sockets are burned, corroded or shot.
How do the bulbs look.... burned, corroded ?
Old 12-25-15, 09:42 PM
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Thank you for your response. The bulbs look fine to me (as this is a previous issue) but I can take a closer look when I get home. Agreed, I am stumped on this one, because all devices seem to have their moment when they are working fine.
Old 12-25-15, 10:34 PM
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Have you tried bending up the tab at the bottom of the bulb socket?
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Do they happen to be can lights?
I/C can are designed to shut off if they over heat, main cause, to high a wattage bulb being used.
Old 12-26-15, 09:41 AM
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Sometimes the filament can break, but when moving the bulb in a different orientation the filament will make contact again and light.

Light bulbs near doors can be broken from the slamming of the door. Try using rough service bulbs.

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