Light Bulbs & Wiring Query

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mark Zimmer, Jan 29, 2002.

  1. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

    Jun 30, 1997
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    The ceiling light fixture in my kitchen is acting very strange. It's been odd for several years but getting worse. It holds 3 bulbs, and one socket is fine. The other two, however, have been blowing light bulbs at an ever-increasing pace until I just stopped replacing them at all and lived with just the one one bulb. The last time, the bulbs lasted about three days before going out.
    Is this a sign of something serious? Or just an annoying and expensive quirk? Should I bother with an electrician? This problem predates the SVS subwoofer, so that shouldn't be it. [​IMG]
  2. Kevin P

    Kevin P Screenwriter

    Jan 18, 1999
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    What usually causes light bulbs to blow is (a) age (not in this case though), (b) vibration, or (c) voltage spikes or incorrect voltage.

    If a bulb died after 3 days, it's not age. That leaves vibration or voltage problems. Voltage problems could be surges or dropouts due to bad wiring in the socket.

    Try using a ceiling fan bulb, they are more vibration resistant and may last longer. If it still blows prematurely then there is probably a problem with the socket. In that case you may want to replace the fixture, unless you can take it apart and replace just the bad socket.

  3. JohnRice

    JohnRice Lead Actor

    Jun 20, 2000
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    My first thought was bad sockets, which isn't that unusual. If you are fairly handy, you can replace them yourself. It's pretty easy to figure out in most cases and new sockets only cost a buck or two. If you don't know how to work around electricity, don't do it yourself.

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