Light bulbs in some fixtures can blow out before their expected life span. Usually the source of the problem is easily detected and corrected.
The following are eight tips to maximize the lifespan of your light bulbs.
Tips to prevent light bulbs from blowing out:
- Do not screw bulb in too tight.
- Use better light bulbs.
- Reduce the heat around the light fixture. Uncover or move the fixture. Using a bulb with a lower wattage may also work. Heat can blow a bulb.
- Reduce the amount of vibrations around the light fixture or use a 130 volt light bulb. It is stronger and able to withstand more vibrating than other bulbs.
- Dimmers and timers blow out some fluorescent lights.
- Use an electrical meter to check that the electric current in the light fixture is a constant 120 volts. Electrical currents that are too high, low or fluctuate can blow out a light bulb. A difference of 5% between the voltage in the wires and the light bulb is enough to blow out a light bulb.If there is a steady current, use bulbs that match the voltage of your reading.
- If the flow is too low or is not constant, inspect the blown out bulb for indentations. If there are indentations then there is probably a loose connector in the fixture where the bulb is screwed into.
To tighten the connectors on the light fixture:
- 1. Unplug the lamp or turn the electricity off in the room off the fixture.
- If necessary unscrew the light fixture.
- Find loose any connectors, wires and gaps in the connectors.
- Tighten the loose connectors and wires by tightening the connecting screws.
- Screw the light fixture back into place.