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Electrical Question – Why Do My Light Bulbs Burn Out Often?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Question: The light bulbs in some parts of my house seem to be burning out way too soon. In some of our fixtures, we replace bulbs every 4 weeks or so. Any ideas?

Electrical Question – Why Do My Light Bulbs Burn Out Often?

Received from a Intermediate in Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Question: The light bulbs in some parts of my house seem to be burning out way too soon. In some of our fixtures, we replace bulbs every 4 weeks or so. Any ideas?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question.

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2 Responses to “Electrical Question – Why Do My Light Bulbs Burn Out Often?”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Tina,
    Some ceiling fans produce vibration from the rotation of the fan blades which can cause the filament wires inside the light bulbs to break. The solution to this problem is to install light bulbs that state that they are for use with a ceiling fan. These light bulbs are typically rated for 130 volt and will have a longer life span. Another tip would be to make sure the light bulbs are rated at the specified watts as described in the light fixture instructions.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. Tina Schaff says:

    I have noticed different lights through out the house burn out too soon. We recently replaced our ceiling fan with light fixture which has burnt out the lights very quickly. This has also happened to with another new ceiling fan with light fixture where two weeks later the bulbs burnt out. Why does this happen? Thanks!