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Light bulb life #25305
05/04/03 09:34 AM
05/04/03 09:34 AM
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Joe2  Offline OP
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Joined: Apr 2002
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.

Joe

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Re: Light bulb life #25306
05/04/03 10:21 AM
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elektrikguy  Offline
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Joined: May 2002
Posts: 132
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.

Re: Light bulb life #25307
05/06/03 04:10 PM
05/06/03 04:10 PM
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SvenNYC  Offline
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Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
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?

Re: Light bulb life #25308
05/06/03 07:18 PM
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harold endean  Offline
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Boonton, NJ
Joe,

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.

Re: Light bulb life #25309
05/11/03 06:50 PM
05/11/03 06:50 PM
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Joe2  Offline OP
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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.

Joe


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