Is my wiring shortening bulb life?

byzantineMay 29, 2014

Hello! I hope this isn't a repeat question -- I tried searching and didn't find any answers. Really, I'm not sure how to search for this or really even ask this question. Here goes.

We lose a lot of bulbs. Incandescent ones, as expected, go out fastest, lasting an average of about a month or two. CFLs last a bit longer, about 5-6 months. So far, none of the LED bulbs have gone bad. However, since our electrical panel was replaced in March, 3 CFLs and 6 incandescent bulbs have "popped" right as I'm flipping the switch to turn on the fixtures.

Should I be worried?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petey_racer

No. This has nothing to do with your wiring or the panel change.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 9:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
byzantine

Thank you! It seemed like a nutty thing to ask, but so many bulbs going out was notable and therefore spooky.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 10:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greg_2010

Which question was that 'no' referring to?

Is my wiring shortening bulb life?
or
Should I be worried?

Because aren't bulbs burning out quickly an indication of a possible voltage problem and should therefore be looked into?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 11:25AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jreagan_gw

Have you measured the voltage then? Loose neutral?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 1:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petey_racer

greg, both.

I would say it's due to cheap lamps (bulbs). CFLs IMO last no where near the stated life, and are much more susceptible to vibration than originally thought.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 3:12PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Replacing fan speed dial back to standard toggle?
I am removing a ceiling fan and replacing it with a...
onkyokoi
Too much load for circuit?
I have 200 amp service to the main panel (which has...
zver11
Replacing dimmer switch: different wire colors on new switch
My DR lights, which are controlled from two switches,...
msa6
Motion sensor that doesn't click
I have a motion sensor very much like the picture attached...
drmeow3
Need help Replacing old dimmer that used only 2 wires in a three way
I need advice as to which wire to connect to which...
txmat
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™