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?

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petey_racer

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

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 9:44PM
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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
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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
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jreagan_gw

Have you measured the voltage then? Loose neutral?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 1:18PM
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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
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