10:01AM | 03/26/01
Member Since: 03/25/01
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My house is 5.1/2 years old. I'm baffled by my ceiling lighting fixtures and outdoor porch light fixtures. Some fixtures blow bulbs more frequently than others. For instance, my closet light will blow out every 2 to 3 to 4 weeks, while other similar fixtures will last for many months (up to a year or longer). I only use 40 to 60 watt bulbs in all my fixtures. Can someone tell me where the inconsistency lies?


04:10AM | 03/27/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
At the risk of offending... Have you verified that the bulbs from the closet fixture are actually burned out? I had a friend who was throwing away good bulbs because the light fixture lost its contact when it became hot.
If that's been verified, I guess I would check voltages to see if there's a difference from one fixture to another. Do you notice any surges in the closet fixture?
By surges, I mean suddenly getting brighter or dimmer.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited April 23, 2001).]


08:18AM | 03/27/01
Member Since: 03/25/01
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The bulbs do blow (although I have been fooled before) because I always check them after I remove them from the socket. Sometimes I'll see and hear it blow right after I throw the switch. Could that be the surge you are talking about, RPXLPX? A voltage problem or a bad fixture problem?



09:41PM | 04/20/01
Member Since: 04/10/01
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Have you tried a "rough service" or "garage door opener" type bulb in your closet? You could be having a problem with vibration from the door closing, weakening the filament in your conventional bulb. Additionally, outdoor porch bulbs endure a variety of temperature changes, especially in the winter. I have had great success using "oven" bulbs in these fixtures. In your closet, you could be dealing with a defective fixture, a downstream connection issue, or a misadjusted door switch that allows the bulb to stay on for hours at a time. Good luck !
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