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Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out?

Jan 29, 2019 | Electrical Tips, Licensed Electrician Tips

A frustrating electrical problem many people encounter is a light bulb continuously burning out for no apparent reason. Depending on how long a light is on during the day, most incandescent light bulbs should have a lifespan of about 900 hours, which usually comes out to about four months. If your light bulbs keep burning out in a matter of weeks, there might be a bigger problem than faulty bulbs. At Expert Electric, we have experience solving all kinds of home electrical issues, and no job is too small for our residential electrical services.

Reasons for Light Bulbs to Burn Out

A couple of factors contribute to light bulbs burning out too fast, and many solutions can help your light bulbs last longer. Some of the reasons that light bulbs burn out immediately include:

Light Bulbs Getting Too Hot

If a light fixture is not insulated correctly or a light bulb is the wrong wattage for the fixture, the heat generated by the bulb can cause the filament to burn too hot, causing the bulb to burn out quickly. Ensure that the light bulbs match the recommended wattage for a light fixture. If a recessed fixture is going through bulbs rapidly, the insulation in the ceiling is holding the heat against the light too well, and the bulbs are overheating.

Vibrating Light Bulbs

If a light fixture is shaking or vibrating, it can shorten the lifespan of light bulb filaments. This is common in ceiling fans, garage door openers, and basements. To correct this problem, rough service or LED bulbs should be used in these fixtures.

Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out

Poor Light Fixture Connection

If a light bulb is screwed into a fixture too tightly, it can depress the metal connection tab at the bottom of the socket. This can cause a loose connection that will cause the bulb to flicker, which makes the light bulb burn out quickly. To fix this problem, cut the power to the light fixture and gently pull the tab forward a little bit so that it connects with the bulb. Poor connections can also be caused by a loose wire in the light fixture. If you need clarification on why light bulbs are flickering, call your licensed electrician for more information about how to proceed safely.

High Home Voltage

If the voltage in your home is too high, it can cause light bulbs to burn out all over the house. If you find that light bulbs are burning out at the same time or one after another, call a licensed electrician to have the problem solved.

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