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Posted: 11/20/2012 4:10:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 6:05:23 PM EDT by g3shooter]
So earlier tonight I had a thread started about how light bulbs keep burning out in my apartment.

I deleted it because I thought it was coincidence.

A bulb that I just installed tonight decided to go tits up on me in the same socket as earlier.



What would do this?


ETA: Problems with one specific socket tonight. Blew bulb, tried replacing bulb and it blew.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 4:56:37 PM EDT
Bad socket? cheap bulbs?
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:27:24 PM EDT
Either is possible, though the bulbs are not from the same package.

Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:30:03 PM EDT
Bad socket, High resistance.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:34:06 PM EDT
Bad socket or loose neutral wire.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:34:49 PM EDT
^that stuff
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:34:53 PM EDT
Get a digital multi meter and check your line voltage.

I have a table lamp in my living room that religiously blows incandescent bulbs every three months, like clockwork.  Good quality, so-so quality, everything.  I got tired of it an put in a CFL and it hasn't blow one of these ever, in five years.

Gremlins.

Chris
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:37:22 PM EDT
You're gonna need a young priest and an old priest....
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:37:35 PM EDT
Yup, switch off the breaker and pull the socket. It shouldn't be hot without a load and damn sure shouldn't have loose wires.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:40:02 PM EDT
What kind of fixture?  What bulb rating for the fixture?  What kind of bulbs are you using?  Different branch circuits?  Different switches?
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:41:50 PM EDT
That happened to me once....it was a bad switch
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:43:01 PM EDT
Happened to me too!  Quickest fix was to just screw the bulb into a new house.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:47:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 5:49:37 PM EDT by Pain]
Originally Posted By lokifox:
Yup, switch off the breaker and pull the socket. It shouldn't be hot without a load and damn sure shouldn't have loose wires.


Who the heck kills the power to 110V?

I service everything here live. Just do like ghost busters and "don't cross the streams".....
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:59:04 PM EDT
When you pull the socket make sure that the black wire is attached to the brass side of the fixture. Make sure the ground wire is attached at both ends. You can check this by using an ohm meter to see if there is continuity between the white wire and the ground wire.

If you don't understand what I just said, or you don't know enough to shut off the breaker before you try any of this, GET an electrician involved.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:00:27 PM EDT
What does it mean when there is a delay between turning it on and the lights coming on?
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:02:39 PM EDT




Originally Posted By Khemist:

Happened to me too! Quickest fix was to just screw the bulb into a new house.




Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:05:40 PM EDT
edited OP
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:07:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By itstock:
What kind of fixture?  What bulb rating for the fixture?  What kind of bulbs are you using?  Different branch circuits?  Different switches?


You're worse than my customers.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:08:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Pain:
Originally Posted By lokifox:
Yup, switch off the breaker and pull the socket. It shouldn't be hot without a load and damn sure shouldn't have loose wires.


Who the heck kills the power to 110V?

I service everything here live. Just do like ghost busters and "don't cross the streams".....


I tried that once, the key word here is once.  Please turn off the power.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:09:37 PM EDT
"His light bulb burned out long before his legend ever will"
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:19:07 PM EDT
My house eats bulbs like candy, in all the rooms, has for 13 years.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:21:09 PM EDT
put a penny in the socket...screw bulb back in ..problem solved..!
trust me....turn power off FIRST !!!!...
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:43:00 PM EDT
My house does this too. In for ideas.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:46:29 PM EDT
Replace the receptacle, if that doesn't solve the problem then it's probably heat related.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:46:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 6:49:23 PM EDT by hooligan223]
OP in addition to what has been suggested, check your voltage.  If it's much over 120v that can blow bulbs.  They make bulbs rated for 130v if you find out your voltage is a little high.

Originally Posted By Pain:
Originally Posted By lokifox:
Yup, switch off the breaker and pull the socket. It shouldn't be hot without a load and damn sure shouldn't have loose wires.


Who the heck kills the power to 110V?

I service everything here live. Just do like ghost busters and "don't cross the streams".....


People that don't want to risk getting shocked unnecessarily.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:51:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 6:52:33 PM EDT by NagOrzo15-1]
Resistance (the bulb), plus capacitance (the wires), plus spark gap repeatedly collapsing the field = voltage multiplication.  You've got a bad connection somewhere or the switch is dirty.

Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:51:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By America-first:
Bad socket or loose neutral wire.


and

Originally Posted By CROWDLG:
Bad socket, High resistance.


= Solution.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:54:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By GUTS:
My house eats bulbs like candy, in all the rooms, has for 13 years.


Check your power.  You could have very dirty power coming from the city.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:56:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 6:57:16 PM EDT by Pain]
Originally Posted By hooligan223:
OP in addition to what has been suggested, check your voltage.  If it's much over 120v that can blow bulbs.  They make bulbs rated for 130v if you find out your voltage is a little high.

Originally Posted By Pain:
Originally Posted By lokifox:
Yup, switch off the breaker and pull the socket. It shouldn't be hot without a load and damn sure shouldn't have loose wires.


Who the heck kills the power to 110V?

I service everything here live. Just do like ghost busters and "don't cross the streams".....


People that don't want to risk getting shocked unnecessarily.


Naa, I hate resetting clocks. You learn to be careful and pay attention. "don't touch the black with the white"......

Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:01:21 PM EDT



Originally Posted By MadMardigan:


What does it mean when there is a delay between turning it on and the lights coming on?


Do you use incandescent or CFL's?



 
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:04:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 7:05:48 PM EDT by Ronnie_B]
A loose neutral can cause problems. A 240/120 volt service has 2 feeds which are normally each 120 volts when measured from the neutral. In buildings built since the 1960's, the neutral is also supposed to be grounded so it is 0 volts relative to ground. If there is a loose connection in the neutral, that neutral can develop voltage relative to ground- I once measured approximately 45 volts on the neutral of a residence. This voltage is added to the voltage on one feed, and subtracted from the other feed. In the case mentioned above, there was 165 volts on 1 feed, and 75 on the other. Some lights were very bright and burned out (165 volts), some were dim (75 volts).

This can be dangerous in that the neutral voltage can also show up on plumbing and appliances which may be tied to the ground circuit.

Another problem is that if you are near the electrical substation that supplies your area, voltage can be high. My brother lived in a house with over 130 volts, and logged his voltage readings for a month. The power company fixed it at the pole transformer.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:13:27 PM EDT
Standard light bulb?  If not, certain decorator bulbs have position limitations.  Some bulbs will burn out prematurely if installed upside down since the heat off the filament will cause the getter to emit instead of gathering reactive gases.
 
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:32:51 PM EDT
Do you have any dimmer switches?  I've got one on a ceiling fan that eats bulbs regularly.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:02:44 PM EDT



Originally Posted By fatalerror113:





Originally Posted By MadMardigan:

What does it mean when there is a delay between turning it on and the lights coming on?


Do you use incandescent or CFL's?

 


Actually one on the left is inc and the right is cfl.

 



They both come on about 1 minute after you flip the switch.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:06:21 PM EDT
kept blowing bulbs on my garage light.

It's hooked up to a light sensor so it goes on at night.

There was a loose wire.

Now it stays on almost all the time but doesn't burn out
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:18:19 PM EDT
Just turn down the voltage.
I like to run about 118 volts at my house.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:33:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Fullpower:
Just turn down the voltage.
I like to run about 118 volts at my house.


Screen name says  you're bullshitting us
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:37:31 PM EDT



Originally Posted By MadMardigan:





Originally Posted By fatalerror113:




Originally Posted By MadMardigan:

What does it mean when there is a delay between turning it on and the lights coming on?


Do you use incandescent or CFL's?

 


Actually one on the left is inc and the right is cfl.  



They both come on about 1 minute after you flip the switch.


1 minute!



Dang, I though you were talking about a half a second or so,



 
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:46:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 2tired2run:
Do you have any dimmer switches?  I've got one on a ceiling fan that eats bulbs regularly.


I've got two CFLs in mine; one flickers dimly when the fixture is supposed to be off!
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 9:03:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By iiibdsiil:
Originally Posted By Fullpower:
Just turn down the voltage.
I like to run about 118 volts at my house.


Screen name says  you're bullshitting us


Oh no... I used to run around 122 volts. Evertyhing was nice and bright, sure...
My bulbs last longer, and  we just use slightly less power by running down at 118 volts.
I tried lower, but at 115 volts, wife said  everything was dim, and just seemed 'slower'.... whatever.
118 volts gets the job done.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 9:08:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ChrisGarrett:
Get a digital multi meter and check your line voltage.

I have a table lamp in my living room that religiously blows incandescent bulbs every three months, like clockwork.  Good quality, so-so quality, everything. I got tired of it an put in a CFL and it hasn't blow one of these ever, in five years.

Gremlins.

Chris


Same here. We have one external socket that blew incandescent bulbs in about a month or two, but after installing a CFL and subsequently an LED bulb its been fine.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 9:18:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 11:32:54 PM EDT by eric10mm]
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 9:20:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By chesterthehero:
^that stuff


YA
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 9:23:41 PM EDT
Had the same problem at a rental I used to live in. Replaced all the bulbs with CFLs and never had to change a bulb again.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 9:27:36 PM EDT
try and LED bulb
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 9:39:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ASUsax:
Originally Posted By GUTS:
My house eats bulbs like candy, in all the rooms, has for 13 years.


Check your power.  You could have very dirty power coming from the city.


Yup. If this is the case you should turn on the light without the bulb and use a wet rag and soap and thoroughly clean the power as it comes into the house. Please videotape this, BTW.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 9:55:43 PM EDT
Here are all the details:

Studio style lighting, each switch controls 2-3 bulbs.

One switch has a single fixture on it that as of tonight has been popping bulbs like fuck.

Everything is dimmer controlled...except the dimmer is broken for that series of fixtures (either on or off).
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 10:39:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By g3shooter:
Here are all the details:

Studio style lighting, each switch controls 2-3 bulbs.

One switch has a single fixture on it that as of tonight has been popping bulbs like fuck.

Everything is dimmer controlled...except the dimmer is broken for that series of fixtures (either on or off).


Probably a bad fixture.

Get up there, pull out the fixture and rewire it.

If that doesn't work, it is probably a bad fixture.

As to the dimmer switch, if you can turn off the power, buy a new dimmer switch and replace it.  They go bad sometimes, just like fixtures.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:22:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MadMardigan:

Originally Posted By fatalerror113:

Originally Posted By MadMardigan:
What does it mean when there is a delay between turning it on and the lights coming on?

Do you use incandescent or CFL's?
 

Actually one on the left is inc and the right is cfl.  

They both come on about 1 minute after you flip the switch.


I would guess a bad switch.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:23:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Obo2:
kept blowing bulbs on my garage light.

It's hooked up to a light sensor so it goes on at night.

There was a loose wire.

Now it stays on almost all the time but doesn't burn out


It was probably turning on on off which will burn out a bulb very quickly.  Heating and cooling the filament will cause stresses and after so many cycles, they will break.
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