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Is my wiring shortening bulb life?

Posted by byzantine (My Page) on
Thu, May 29, 14 at 20:56

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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RE: Is my wiring shortening bulb life?

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


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RE: Is my wiring shortening bulb life?

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


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RE: Is my wiring shortening bulb life?

Which question was that 'no' referring to?

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

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


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RE: Is my wiring shortening bulb life?

Have you measured the voltage then? Loose neutral?


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RE: Is my wiring shortening bulb life?

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.


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