Is it okay to run just three out of four bulbs in a light fixture?


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Old 04-29-21, 10:17 AM
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Is it okay to run just three out of four bulbs in a light fixture?

I have a four bulb fixture over my bathroom sink mirror. A bulb started flickering so I removed it. The bulbs are incredibly bright, and I actually like the level of light with just the three bulbs better. Is it okay to use the fixture with just the three bulbs and the one socket base empty?

 
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Old 04-29-21, 10:20 AM
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As long as no one can reach it and put their finger in..... it will be fine.

The quality of those sockets is questionable. They are replaceable however.
 
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Old 04-29-21, 12:33 PM
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Thanks Pete. And leaving that socket open like that won't use more energy or anything negative?
 
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Old 04-29-21, 12:56 PM
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Only if a bug crawls in there and electrocutes himself
IMO it would be best to leave a burnt out bulb in the socket rather than leave it open.
 
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I would not leave an empty socket. And if the existing light is too bright consider lower wattage LED bulbs with a lower lumen rating and try a different light color. If bright white is too intense try warm white.
 
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"And leaving that socket open like that won't use more energy or anything negative?"

When electricity first came to rural America, people worried that if they left a bulb out of the one (1) light fixture in the house, 'lectricity would leak out.

Eventually they learned that it wouldn't leak unless Uncle Ed stuck a finger in there. When that happened, Uncle Ed would spring a leak too.
 
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Old 04-30-21, 10:20 AM
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@marksr Thanks, but the bulb flickers so it is not burnt out. Why put a (if I had one) burnout bulb in there?

@cwbuff Thanks.
I would not leave an empty socket.
Why not?

@ I Mullins Thanks. Will tell Uncle Ed to be careful.

 
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I wouldn't leave an empty socket mostly for appearance reasons but you should also consider that even though it has limited access it is an exposed electrical source.

If the light is "flickering" are you sure that it is the bulb and not the fixture?
 
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Old 04-30-21, 10:39 AM
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I've had multiple LED bulbs flicker when they reached the end of their short life. Never had an incandescent flicker unless either the bulb was fixing to blow or there was an issue with the fixture.
 
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Leave the flickering bulb in place but unscrew it enough to break the connection.
 
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Old 05-02-21, 04:45 PM
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If the light is "flickering" are you sure that it is the bulb and not the fixture?
Good point.I will test it.

marksr Thanks but bulbs are LED

2john02458 Thanks. (Why didn't I think of that!)

 
 

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