Why do my Light Bulbs Burn Out so Quickly?
The average lifespan of incandescent light bulbs is around 900 hours or 4 months based on usage in an 8 hour day. If you’re changing bulbs on a weekly or monthly basis there may be an issue in the fixture or within the circuit. Since popping bulbs are a fire hazard and pose a danger to your family, it is good practice to call a licensed electrician for an inspection of your electrical wiring system. EP Electric LLC has highlighted 9 reasons your light bulbs are frequently burning out and some solutions to repair the problem.
9 Reasons your Light Bulbs are Constantly Burning Out
High Voltage: The main culprit to frequently burnt out light bulbs is the supply wattage to your home is too high. You can test your own voltage (120-volt is standard) using a tester; however it is much safer to call a residential electrician to ensure all protocols and precautions are in place.
Wrong Bulbs: Be sure to only use the proper watt bulb for your specific fixture. If a lamp holds 60 watts, using a 120-watt bulb create excess heat, causes the bulb to pop and can even cause a fire. Consider switching to energy-efficient LED bulbs, which have a greater lifespan (when used properly) than incandescent bulbs.
Poor Bulb Connection: If you notice that your bulb is constantly flickering then there is a loose connection within the socket. Simply tightening it should correct your problem. However, if you notice the issue is still occurring the socket may be worn or corroded and needs to be replaced altogether.
Short Circuit: Sometimes the issue with your light bulbs may not be caused by the fixture, but by a short circuit. Before running to replace your bulb again check your circuit breaker to see if there is a trip.
Outdated Lighting System: If your home’s electrical system and wiring hasn’t been upgraded in quite some time this could cause your bulbs to excessively burn out. After many years wires become corroded, outdated and need to be upgraded for safety reasons.
Incorrect Dimmer Switches: Similarly, if your lights are controlled by an outdated dimmer your bulbs will burn out quickly. Your dimmers may only be able to handle standard bulbs so if you’re using LED ones you will experience frequent popping. Call an electrician to inspect and upgrade your dimmers.
Excessive Vibration: Seen in ceiling fan fixtures, bulbs can burn out quickly due to the constant vibration caused by the rotating blades. Try upgrading to bulbs that are comprised of heavy-duty filaments built to withstand these vibrations.
Recessed Lighting Insulation: If the bulbs within your recessed light fixture are the bane of your burn out existence the problem probably lies in your attic. Depending on the age of your can lights they either need to be covered with attic insulation or held back 3 inches to prevent overheating. Call a licensed electrician to properly identify the year of your design for diagnostic & repair services.
Loose Fixture Wiring: Another common reason your light bulbs are constantly burning out is loose wire connection. This is a tricky and dangerous problem to identify and resolve, be sure to rely on a certified, professional electrician.
Residential Lighting & Wiring Electrician
EP Electric LLC and our team of electricians have many years of experience properly identifying issues within your lighting system and making all necessary repairs or upgrades. We proudly serve homeowners in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County PA and the surrounding areas. Call 215-433-5004 if your light bulbs are frequently blowing or popping.