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Old 03-26-2012, 08:44 PM
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Default My house eats lightbulbs

Has anyone ever had this problem? I'm really getting sick of it and am wondering what is going on.

I moved in in October and I've replaced the lightbulbs 3 or 4 times each. Every single week several burn out.

What am I doing wrong? (Right now I am sitting in a dark living room with no light because both lights blew out at once)
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:46 PM
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sounds like a short somewhere? but dont take my word on it Im no electrictian
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:48 PM
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Are you using old school incandescent bulbs or the newer fancier florescent light bulbs?
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:51 PM
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I'm just using cheap incandescent lightbulbs. But the package says they should last 2 years. They're lasting maybe a month tops in most the light fixtures. I'm noticing a few of the lights don't ever go out but the ones in the living room have gone out at least 4 times since I moved in.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:59 PM
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It could be many things. Loose wiring is the most likely issue. Improper voltage is another. In both cases, you need electrical tools to diagnose it. So I'd recommend calling an electrican.
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I'd do two things. First off get fluorescent bulbs for normal ambient lighting - they last way longer and usually have a hour guarantee that's worth something. For reading/drawing lights get your normal Incandescent bulbs and throw them in a lamp on a surge protector. Second would be to call your power provider and let them know you've been experiencing pretty bad surges - not bad enough to explode appliances (yes, that can happen) but bad enough to blow out lightbulbs on a regular basis. At least here they send a guy out to check for problems - they've found a couple methlabs/grow ops in my area because of such reporting. It may mean that they find nothing on their side - or maybe they can fix the issue.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:04 PM
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I would try compact fluorescents. I've been using them for years and CFLs seem to last forever. Just be sure you get the bright white light variety (I made the mistake of getting ones that aren't). They give off light more similar to incandescents.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:12 PM
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If incandescent are failing that fast CFLs won't last that long either.

I'd bet you're getting an overvoltage on start up. Does it affect any lamps plugged into a surge protector?
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:14 PM
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You know, I don't have any lamps plugged into a surge protector come to think of it. The lamps I had just plugged in to the wall are all dead.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:17 PM
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Ditto the advice of calling an electrician. Maybe ask your landlord if the last tenants had a similar problem?
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