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#20076 - 01/08/03 12:51 PM light bulb burnout
buddy Offline

Registered: 09/11/01
Posts: 11
A hallway in an apartment building burns out bulbs approximately every 3-4 weeks. Any ideas for troubleshooting? All other areas do not have any problem.

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#20077 - 01/08/03 01:56 PM Re: light bulb burnout
spyder Offline

Registered: 10/14/02
Posts: 211
Loc: Massachusetts
Bulbs are only rated for so many hours. Are your hall fixtures left on continuously? I am assuming they are incandescent bulbs. To increase bulb life, buy 130volt rated bulbs instead of 120volt rated. Also dimming greatly increases bulb life.

#20078 - 01/08/03 01:59 PM Re: light bulb burnout
C-H Offline


Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 1508
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
Is there something sending vibrations to the bulbs? For example another hallway above it or a heavy door nearby.

#20079 - 01/08/03 02:20 PM Re: light bulb burnout
bobp Offline

Registered: 10/14/02
Posts: 73
Loc: Puyallup, WA, USA
Check the wiring in the fixture, check the connections (riveted) at the socket base and look for vibration causes (doors). Older fixtures and those that have bulbs that are larger than the fixture is rated for will ruin the fixture wiring and cause the riveted socket connections to loosen.

#20080 - 01/08/03 03:45 PM Re: light bulb burnout
Sandro Offline

Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
Have you experimented with different types/brands of bulbs?

Try the "rough service" type light bulbs, the ones the auto mechanics use in their trouble lights when working on cars. Those bulbs take a beating and don't burn out easily.

The 130V suggestion mentioned earlier is good advice too.

Bye for now.

#20081 - 01/08/03 04:06 PM Re: light bulb burnout
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
OK, we've covered the incandescent end.
Is this a fluorescent?
If so a ballast might be in order.

[This message has been edited by electure (edited 01-08-2003).]

#20082 - 01/09/03 07:48 AM Re: light bulb burnout
Pearlfish Offline

Registered: 09/12/02
Posts: 83
Loc: Chicago Ridge, Il, USA
In my apartment building the bulbs are burning out very frequently also. But the problem isn't electrical. It's the tennants who slam doors. It's one of those "angry" families with twentysomething kids living with their single mom who slam doors as a form of expression. If they can shake the building hard enough to knock pictures off my walls. Than it's not hard to understand that much force breaking a white hot filiment. Of course they don't slam doors on the rare occasions when the landlord is around, so he thinks he has an electrical problem too.

Thanks for letting me vent, I have to go lay down now.

#20083 - 01/09/03 11:08 AM Re: light bulb burnout
jes Offline

Registered: 07/12/02
Posts: 103
Loc: CT
Are you sure that the bulbs that are 'burning out' the same ones you put in shortly before???

#20084 - 01/09/03 04:33 PM Re: light bulb burnout
lighthouse Offline

Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 141
Loc: philadelphia pa 19125
i would suggest you stop bye an electrical supply house and pick up some 130 volts rought service will be surprise how much longer they will last.or for a few bucks more you can pick up a screw in fluorescent the hall light on 24 hours a day????if so,go with the screw in fluorescent bulb if you can.

jes...i was thinking the same thing.

#20085 - 01/09/03 07:17 PM Re: light bulb burnout
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Next time you replace the bulbs....mark the new bulb before screwing it in. That way next time it "burns out," you can tell whether it was someone who swapped bulbs on you...or whether it's as you say - short lived bulbs.

If it is bulb swapping....I remember reading about a device that physically locks the bulb into the socket until you remove it with a special key (dunno if it will work with CFLs).

Or go with (more expensive) left-hand threaded sockets & bulbs

Do they make compact fluorecents with left-hand threads?

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