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#25305 - 05/04/03 07:34 AM Light bulb life
Joe2 Offline
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Registered: 04/21/02
Posts: 8
Hi guys,

I'm having a problem with 60-75w household lightbulbs not lasting but about 2 months in my house. I live near the beach but don't know if the salt enviroment adds to the problem. Line voltage reads 115v-117v on the average. I also experience 1 to 2 brown outs a month.

Any imput will be greatly appreciated.


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#25306 - 05/04/03 08:21 AM Re: Light bulb life
elektrikguy Offline

Registered: 05/25/02
Posts: 133
Loc: woodstock,ga,usa
Cheaper bulbs=weaker filament.Also I make sure to buy bulbs with a 130v rating.Granted they are gonna burn out at different rates but have had good luck. Hope this helps.

#25307 - 05/06/03 02:10 PM Re: Light bulb life
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Vibration from stomping on the floor above or slamming doors can always accelerate a bulb's demise.

Also, is it true that an enclosed fixture shortens bulb life or is that only if the fixture is overlamped?

#25308 - 05/06/03 05:18 PM Re: Light bulb life
harold endean Offline

Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 2248
Loc: Boonton, NJ

How close are you to the transformer on the power pole? The closer you are the higher the voltage might be. I have a transformer from the power company right outside my house and I get 125-130 volts AC and my bulbs don't last too long. As Elektrikguy said, you might need 130 volt AC bulbs. They will last longer.

#25309 - 05/11/03 04:50 PM Re: Light bulb life
Joe2 Offline
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Registered: 04/21/02
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I'm located right off the transformer so I think our houses experience the same problem.

Thanks for the 130v bulb idea. I'll try it out.

Thanks everyone for the replies.



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