Light bulb keeps going out, but isn't burned out.


Almost every house has one or even a few light fixtures that burn through light bulbs faster than all of the others combined. The problem is often blamed on "faulty wiring" in your house, a diagnosis so vague as to be meaningless. The truth is--the most common causes of a faulty light fixture have nothing to do with your home's wiring and they're usually easy to fix.

Too Much Juice

If you have several light fixtures in your home that are going through light bulbs at a rate of one every few weeks, or even every few months, the problem may be too much electricity coming in. We've been taught that electricity flows into our homes at a steady 120 volts, but that's not always the case. Often a house is actually overpowered, so to speak. For just about everything else in your house that runs on electricity, this isn't a problem. But for light bulbs, it can seriously diminish their life span. Use an electric meter to test an outlet in the room or rooms where you have faulty...

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The other day the light bulb above our shower in the master bath went out for the second time in 7 years. Yeah, I know, two times in seven years is not that big of a deal. Well it sort of is a big deal when the light bulb is a super pain to change and you basically have to shower in the dark until you fix it.

"LED light bulbs are not as likely to break compared to CFL and filament based bulbs."

Enter, LED lighting. I've been hearing and reading about LED lighting for a couple of years. They turn on instantly, unlike CFL bulbs, and they can last for almost 15 years or 20 years. They also give off a lot less heat and of course they use up even less electricity. But the biggest benefit, and the reason I'm talking about them here on the world's premiere basement finishing website, is that they are less susceptible to breaking.

Basement Light Bulbs Take a Beating

When people walk on the first floor of your house their feat are stomping just 12...

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If you have several fixtures in your home that go through light bulbs within a few months, then the problem may be that you have too much electricity entering your home. Although we’ve been taught that electricity flows into our homes at a steady 120 volts, that’s not always the case. Sometimes a house is actually a little overpowered. For nearly everything else in your house that runs on electricity, this isn't an issue, but for light bulbs, it can seriously shorten their life spans. If you think this may be the problem, purchase a voltage tester to check the voltage of your home. Fluctuation is normal, but if you see a voltage that typically hovers above 125, chances are you’ve found the culprit. In most cases, the best thing to do is swap out your 120 volt bulbs with 130 volt bulbs. But if many of your fixtures are producing burned out bulbs, it may be a more long-lasting solution to call an electrician for advice about correcting your voltage supply.

Fixtures or Wiring...

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Light Bulbs Burning Out Fast TIPS

DEAR TIM: Four of the six bulbs in the recessed lighting in our kitchen ceiling keep burning out. I just replaced one and it burned out in an hour. I am using 65-watt bulbs. Our house is only three-years old. Are the bulbs the wrong size? Is there a problem with the wiring? Cory Dixson, El Dorado Hills, CA

DEAR CORY: The problem with the premature failure of the light bulbs has nothing to do with the wattage or the wiring. My first guess is that it can be traced to the person who has installed the light bulbs or previous owners of your home. I think they are twisting them into the socket too tightly.

The flickering of light bulbs in lamps and fixtures can also be caused by bulbs that have been installed too tightly into light fixtures.

Brass Tab

Look right in the center of the photo. You can clearly see the brass tab and if you look closely you can see it is raised up off the bottom of the socket. © 2017 Tim...

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If you’ve ever experienced the saga of a light fixture that repeatedly burns through bulbs, you know how frustrating it is. The good news is that there is often a very simple solution.

(NOTE: Since I’m not an electrician, I’ll leave that stuff to the experts. If you suspect that your bulb is failing due to faulty wiring in your home, get in touch with a certified electrician to rule out any electrical issues.)

So what’s wrong with your bulb? Here are a handful of the most common issues that can cause an early bulb breakdown:

Problem: Excessive Vibration

Bulbs that are subject to lots of vibration are prone to early failure. This is commonly seen in ceiling fans, garage door lights, or underneath a particularly active room like a child’s playroom.

Solution: Look for bulbs labeled “rough service” that are designed with thicker filaments to handle more vibration. Another option is to switch to LED light bulbs, which aren’t affected by...

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Are you replacing your light bulbs every other week? Before you call out the electrical repair technician, take a look at some of the reasons that could be behind your issue.

Are you getting tired of replacing your light bulbs every other week? Light bulbs should last a few months at least, right? Yes. In fact, most typical incandescent bulbs are rated to last approximately 900 hours. This lifespan can be shortened dramatically depending on how they are used and other outside factors. If you are simply using the bulbs normally and are still experiencing frequent burnout, there could be a problem. Before you call out the electrical repair technician, let's take a look at some of the reasons that could be behind your issue.

High Voltage

A light bulb is meant to receive a certain amount of voltage. When the voltage in a home is greater than that "average" amount, you get brighter lights and a shorter lifespan. You can use a voltmeter to find out what kind of...

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How to fix light bulbs in a light fixture that keep burning out? If you have one or more light fixtures in your home or apartment that burns out light bulbs fast, here are some solutions. Changing light bulbs that burn out is a fact of life, but what if one certain light fixture constantly burns out light bulbs? What could be happening with the light fixture that causes the bulbs to burn out faster than the rest of the house light fixtures? Could it be an electrical problem? Bad light bulbs to start with? Is the light fixture getting too hot? Could the bulbs be screwed in too tight? Is the light fixture installed properly? We will answer those questions below.

Light bulbs keep burning out in light fixture

Are my light bulbs screwed in so tight it causes them to burn out faster?

If you screw a light bulb into the socket too tight, this can make them burn out faster. At the bottom of the light fixture’s light socket is a brass tab. This brass tab is flexible....

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Best is to replace the halogen fixture with a LED one, as sadly most of the lamps these days are made in China, where they have cut cost by making the filament thinner, thus shortening lamp life, and by using poorer quality and contaminated fill gas and poorer contact materials which also cause cracked seals, and use cheaper metal alloys in the whole construction, along with poorer work quality. I used to have halogen lamps last years ( Phillips, Osram, not GE as they went to junk a decade or more ago with the closing of the US assembly lines) but the recent ones are all poor quality, forcing me to get LED retrofit lamps in some cases, and in others just replacing the whole fixture.

Changing the fixture to a warm white one ( best match to original lamp, but might be hard to find) will both have longer life and lower power use, which will pay for the fitting in around 2 years if it is on dusk to dawn. When changing it put in a daylight switch as well, it makes life easier,...

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The light bulb that I will consider in this answer is an incandescent bulb, the one with a tungsten filament.

Like mentioned in other answer(s), the weakening of the filament due to vapourisation of tungsten and oxidation of tungsten are important parameters in filament going off one day, some day in its life. It is also said that the filament breaks because of thermo-mechnaical shock, it is true, but the filament has been made strong enough to withstand it. But here's the point to consider, the filament becomes weaker, so weak as not to be able to withstand this shock. The reason for this is metallurgical. An increase in temperature, gives the atoms enough Energy to jump off their grains to be a part of another grain and align with the atoms in that grain. In short, high (relative to tungsten) temperature leads to grain growth. A material with finer grains is stronger than the same material but with coarser grains, this is so because, latter one has lesser grain boundaries,...

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Yes, I had the wifi set up , and several diagnosis test were run. Then eventually out of the blue one bulb starting working for what I'd call an extended period of time... no reason was determined why... That one eventually stopped working and as I said before I simply gave up. GE was actually killing me with my time. I had to unplug the oven, then turn off the breaker, reset the wifi, etc. etc. over and over... Don't get me wrong, other then the light bulb, I do like the oven. I found I do not use the wifi much at all, if ever now. And the guy the sent out here several times was as nice as person I have met. Bottom line, none of them had a clue. The wifi service was outsourced to some other group and it seemed the right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing over there. I get it, they are a huge company, this isn't even pennies to GE. I was hoping at one point they would just replace the darn stove. That never seemed to be an option... so I moved on. Hope you have better...

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I had a similar problem on my Liftmaster units made by Chamberlin. I would leave the garage door open for hours during the day so our dog and children can enter the house through our garage and laundry room. Everytime they come into the garage the Light's would go on because of the safety sensors are "tripped" at the bottom of the garage door tracks.
I turned off this feature and my lights are lasting much longer now. Over 1year in fact. To turn off and on this feature, make sure the opener light is off, then Press and Hold the Light Switch on the Wall Control Until for about 10 seconds till the light goes off. This deactivates this sensor from turning the lights on, but does NOT deactivate the sensor for Stopping the door if something is under it. Safety is still preserved.
Additionally, my door opener would vibrate while operating, and need to be aligned - I did this and also prevented the bulbs from "shaking". As we know the light bulb filaments are brittle...

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We are the proud few who stand on the cutting edge of frugality. We hold our heads high while we steal toilet paper, shoplift lentils, reuse condoms and syringes, and drink our own piss to save multiple dollars each year.

Ever find yourself muttering curses under your breath as you peruse /r/frugal looking for tips about how to steal power, only to find posts written by fat-cats bragging about their fancy prepaid cell-phone plans, store-bought food, and crystal clear drinking water? We're sick and tired of their arrogance too.

We come from all walks of life but are united by our shared love of lentils and our hatred of fat-cats.

Jerk Network



1. No need to repeat the same thing that's on every other sub, just use common sense really, most things won't get you banned unlike most subs though.

2. No upvote begging, it's against sitewide rules (and more importantly is...

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1. LIGHT BULBS: Walk around the class and talk to other students about light bulbs. Change partners often. Sit with your first partner(s) and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring.

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. ENERGY SAVINGS: How? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners and share your ideas. Change again and share what you heard.

4. LET THERE BE LIGHT: Students A strongly believe switching to energy-efficient light bulbs is a total a waste of time and will not help the Earth a bit; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

5. GREEN ME: Rate these and share your ratings with your partner: 10 = I am so green with this; 1 = totally colour-less here. Change partners and share your ratings...

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For some reason, I had a light fixture that had bulbs that did not seem to last very long. This caused me great frustration and I started to do some detective work to figure out why my bulbs kept burning out.

To start with, I first checked the packaging that the light bulbs came in. They packaging listed the average life expectancy for the bulbs. Now normally a light bulb will last about 900 hours. The light fixture I was having problems with was in the family room. If that light was on 5 hours a day, the bulbs should last about 6 months. Now I was getting about 1 month on the bulbs so I kept on checking.

I knew that too much voltage going into the fixture can shorten the live of bulbs. I used a multi-meter tester to verify that the voltage was 125. It does not take too much voltage to significantly reduce a light bulbs life. A little as 7 additional volts will reduce the bulb life in half. My voltage came in at 131 so I decided to swap out the bulbs for slight...

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Originally posted by VAN~MZD~6

@Sep 26 2005, 07:27 AM

Hello everyone,

I need some major help with my headlights. My drivers side keeps burning out bulbs after a few months. I was thinking maybe it was the bulbs, but I am on my 4th different set...and today even my LED went out. This is happening mainly on my driver's side. But I also noticed my passenger fog went out today also.

Anyone have any ideas? mainly its an integrated fog light issue, once it was my driver's side low beam, and now also my driver's side parking

Here are the different bulbs I have tried also...

EuroDesignz - Driver's Low Beam and Fog light burnt (a month maybe 2)
Luminics - Both fog lights (about 2 months) - Parking light Driver's side - (3 months)

I am thinking maybe it's a wiring issue or something, but how could I check that...cause I know if I take it to the dealer, they will blame it on the aftermarket bulbs to...

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When I was growing up I had a keen interest in the sciences. Mostly because of the cool gear that scientists used, you know, beakers, flasks, Bunsen burners that sort of thing. Well, not only did I not have the money for those sorts of thing but I had no idea where to even buy them if I could. So I had to improvise. One of the better improvisations I was able to do was to hollow out a light bulb and use it for other things. The glass that makes the envelope of the build is quite heat resistant and the screw base is good to attach things to (even better if you can find old ones with brass bases, you can solder to those). I made a number of small boilers in order to learn about steam and distillation. I hope to show people that even if a bulb burns out, it can still be useful.

Step 1

You will need some common tools, a screwdriver (regular) and snips (or needle nose pliers). Use whatever bulb you have handy. *CAUTION* Never use a fluorescent bulb for this...

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My fridge actually has four bulbs in it. 60w each. Ouch.

If I imagine it is on for .5 hour per day (it is probably open less), then I can save the following:

4x15watt bulb= $4.86/year savings in bulb consumption, ignores heat.

4x1 watt LED bulb= $6.37/year savings (LED= very little heat, thus slightly more savings)

The 15w bulbs cost... $1.25/ea? The LED's cost $10/ea (or more).

4x15w bulbs: year 1= $0, year 5= $20 savings year 10= $43 savings
4xLED: year 1= -$33, year 5= -$8, year 10= $23 savings
3x15w bulbs: year 1= $1.50, year 5= $22.50, year 10= $49 savings

The LED's savings= 4x15w at year 23. The LED's= 3x15w savings at year 33.

It is unlikely that you will need to replace any of the bulbs. If you do, it was probably due to faulty bulbs or to power spikes, not bulb age. If you do replace a bulb... it throw the LED "benefit" into the garbage, but only makes a small effect on the 15w bulb.

My conclusion: better...

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You’re here because you are trying to replace a bulb and can’t. I had a similar issue some time ago and failed. I had to call a professional electrician. I have posted my research on this post. A lot of other people have provided their ideas, as well.

1) SCREWED TYPE : Remove the screws


Most dome ceiling lights have screws that

(A) screw in from the side to hold the dome in place or

(B) the dome has a metal frame that supports the glass dome. Ones with a frame generally have 2-3 screws through the frame that hold the frame to the ceiling flange. Metal “objects” on the frame should be screws. Unscrew them and the dome should come free. If they are not screws they may be some sort of decorative head on a threaded post but they should still unscrew.

1. Locate one or more flat-headed screws on the metal collar (the round part into which the globe is...

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Lighting Shades + Accessories

At west elm, we understand that each person has their own vision for how they want their home to look. We want to help you to bring your ideas to reality and create your desired ambience in each of your rooms. One great way to do that? Adding beautiful lighting that’s tailored to the needs and style of each space in your home. Lighting can play a big part in the way a space feels. That’s why we offer a great selection of lighting hardware and bulbs to make sure you find exactly what you need.

For starters, we’re making the switch to all-LED lighting for a number of reasons. Warm, bright LED lights are very energy efficient, using up to 90 percent less power than incandescent bulbs. And because they use only a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb, there’s a dramatic decrease in power usage. You can save energy and worry less about maintenance and replacement costs due to the long LED lifespan, which is about 15,000 hours....

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