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Why Your Light Bulbs Burn Out So Quickly

Another day, another light bulb that’s burnt out. If you are burnt out from constantly changing burnt-out bulbs, something is not right. The lifespan of your bulbs depends on the type of bulb and the wattage you purchase. New LED light bulbs have a lifespan of 25,000 to 50,000 hours. Incandescent bulbs have a shorter lifespan of 1,000 to 2,000 hours. So, if your bulbs are burning out before their time, you may have an external issue.

Check out a list of potential reasons why your light bulbs burn out quickly before exploring the details further below.

  • The voltage of your electrical supply might be too high for your system
  • Vibrations, such as that of a ceiling fan, may be damaging the filament
  • The socket tab is pushed down far enough where it doesn't touch the bulb
  • You regularly turn a specific light fixture on and off throughout the day
  • There is a loose connection in the fixture or between the bulb and socket

Why Your Light Bulbs Are Burning Out

High Voltage

If you have multiple bulbs burning out throughout your home, you may have an uneven electrical supply. Fluctuating electrical current, even the slightest amount of demarcation, can damage your light bulbs. Have an electrician from Electrical Doctor inspect your electrical supply.

Excessive Fixture Vibrations

When the filament in an incandescent light bulb is damaged, your light’s lifespan will shorten. Shaking and jolting can cause malfunctions with the filament, which is the part of your light bulb that produces light. Electrical current goes through the filament, causing it to glow, lighting it up!

If you have a ceiling fan with a light fixture attached to it or a light by your garage door, these fixtures experience large amounts of vibrations. Hence, the light bulbs in these locations can experience filament damage. Install rough service light bulbs, and these lights won’t burn-out anymore!

Rough service light bulbs are vibration resistant and their filament is extremely durable. Contact Electrical Doctor for more information on rough service bulbs!

Socket Tab Is Displaced

If you are having an issue with one light bulb, in particular, you likely have a problem with that specific fixture. Check the metal tab at the bottom of your light bulb socket. If it is pushed down, it may not be making contact with your bulb, and it will not deliver electrical current to the bulb.

Your light bulb isn’t actually burning out in this case, but rather it is not making electrical contact with the socket. But, don’t fret, you can repair this issue on your own! Simply use a wooden tool to bend the metal tab back up, then try the bulb again. If your bulb still won’t light up, you may need to replace the socket or install new light fixtures.

The Light Is Turned On And Off Constantly

Turning a light on and off in a short period of time will shorten the lifespan of the bulb. If you switch a light on and off multiple times a day, back-to-back, your bulb will burn out more quickly than intended.

LED lights will suit your use habits better, as they are more efficient. Install LED light bulbs into your fixtures, and your bulbs will last longer!

Loose Connections

Flickering lights are a clear sign your bulb is not securely screwed into your fixture. Loose connections increase wear and tear on the bulb, causing them to burn out quickly. Check to make sure your socket has not corroded. If it looks okay, tighten the bulb into the socket. This should resolve your light bulb fiasco!

If you are experiencing burnt out bulb after burnt out bulb, contact Electrical Doctor, at (713) 999-6079, for electrical inspection and repair.