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Old 09-02-2015, 07:32 PM
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Keep blowing out light bulbs throughout the house. And if you haven't noticed bulb prices are ridiculous. I prefer the GE Reveal bulb but can't get any light to last more than 30 days. What gives?
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:18 PM
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Check the voltage at the socket ...Then check your Neutral


Might be time to jump to Cree LED's I have some that have been on continuously for 3 years !
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Older home?
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:23 PM
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30 days?? I remodeled the house 4 years ago, went LED in everything, and have had to replace maybe 3-4 builbs since.

Get the power checked out and quit buying bulbs designed to seperate you from your money...
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:04 AM
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Loose neutral, is it all over the home or in one specific spot?
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It is a bad ground in one of your boxed fix it now or you could blow your Tv's and other high end stuff
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Originally Posted by ozzyaa View Post
It is a bad ground in one of your boxed fix it now or you could blow your Tv's and other high end stuff
Probably not, the neutral Carry's the unbalanced loads and if there is a loose connection thats likely causing the lamps to short out. just trying to help..
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Loose neutral, is it all over the home or in one specific spot?
This. If you are comfortable working in your main panel, turn off the main and tighten every neutral on the bus. I would do the ground bus too while your at it. They could be the same bus bar anyhow. Might as well tighten the breaker wires while your in there too.
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More than likely its in the switch box that control the specific lighting..
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More than likely its in the switch box that control the specific lighting..
Would agree if he's talking one fixture, but sounded like it's been all over.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
Would agree if he's talking one fixture, but sounded like it's been all over.
Thats why you start at the switchbox...
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Fix the neutral issue, then hit up Home Depot for CREE Led's. Probably the most American LED you can buy.
Brought my old Cree bulbs over from my last house, couple years old now and still running great. Switched to cheep standard bulbs to sell the old house. Had to replace bulbs every week and they were all less than a month old.
Have 2 Cree bulbs on the front porch with a dusk-to-dawn sensor. Sensor sucks and flickers the bulbs for at least 10 minutes every day. Bulbs still running fine.
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It's all over the house, seems never ending. More common on the exterior lights. House is 10 years old.
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The Home Depot Cree bulbs have an expected life of 22 years or so, and use about 10% of the energy of the old incandescent to produce the same lumens....
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I tell my wife it's because she's turning on the switches too fast.
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Loose neutral, is it all over the home or in one specific spot?
Firs thing I thought of. Just went thru this last year at the coast. Bulbs weren't lasting very long and then got to where they would get real bright and go out real quick.
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Voltage spikes will definitely shorten the life of bulbs. Any neighbors having the same issues or are you pretty isolated?
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Can you find bulbs rated for 130V? More expensive but last longer.
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I've had this happen a couple times over the years and both times it was a bad connect at the incoming service ground; one was corrosion and the other just wear from wind movement. 10 years isn't really that old but it can still happen. Here the power company will check those connections (at the pole and house to the meter) without charge. From there I'd get an electrician to verify good connections through the panel and breakers to circuits.
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