Not again! Do you have to replace your light bulbs frequently? This common issue causes homeowners to spend a lot of money on light bulbs. Homeowners often solve the issue by throwing their lamps away and purchasing new ones. Before you take action, consider the following reasons your lamp is going through so many light bulbs.
Defective Light Bulbs
First, let’s look at the light bulb itself. Incandescent light bulbs generally have a lifetime of about 3,000 hours. If you replace the light bulb frequently using the same pack, chances are the entire package of light bulbs is defective. You can test this theory by using one of the light bulbs in a separate lamp. If it needs a replacement fast, you might need a new package of light bulbs.
Is the lamp you are using old or new? If it is an old lamp the wiring could be loose. If the lamp is new, it could be a defective lamp. Test it the same way as mentioned above.
Bad Connection to Fixture
Replacing a light bulb is easy. You generally just screw the light bulb into the fixture. However, if the fixture is difficult to reach it can be quite complicated to replace the light bulb properly. Almost everyone has experienced screwing in a light bulb that doesn’t fit properly. A common issue is screwing the light bulb in too tight. Carefully, replace the light bulb and make sure it is fastened tightly, but not overly tight.
Exposure to Vibration
Homes or apartments that have a floor above them are more at risk of vibration affecting the lifetime of their light bulbs. If you have light fixtures in your ceiling or connected to a ceiling fan, you most likely have already had this experience. The ceiling vibrates due to walking on the top floor. It is recommended to upgrade your ceiling light fixtures with a rough service light bulb or a 130-volt long life light bulb. These types of light bulbs are durable compared to the standard style.
As you change the light bulbs frequently you might notice extreme heating coming from the bulb. This happens when the fixture is enclosed or you are using a light bulb that is too large for the lamp. Always remember to use the specific wattage light bulbs recommended by the manufacturer of the lamp to avoid this from happening. If you notice sparks or a burning smell coming from the lamp or outlet, contact an electrician immediately.
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