Are you spending more money on light bulbs per month than you are on coffee?
If you are, I bet you’re wondering just how you can put an end to this waste of cash and energy.
Firstly, you need to understand why your light bulbs are burning out so fast. So you can properly assess the situation and recognise if the cause is severe enough that an emergency 24-hour electrician is needed.
Reading this guide will not only save you money in the long run, but also enable you to relax and enjoy those lattes you’ve been missing out on.
Your Light Bulbs Will Burn Out Quickly if…
Light Fixtures Heating Up
If the fixture housing your bulb is partially or fully enclosed, it can cause excess heat to build up around the globe the longer it’s left on.
Many globes, especially LEDS, significantly decrease in durability the more they are exposed to excessive heat.
These types of lights usually include:
- Domed ceiling and flush wall lights
- Ceiling fan lights
- Recessed fixtures
- Outdoor wall lighting fixtures
Screwing in Your Light Bulbs in Too Tight
Screwing your light bulbs in too tightly can cause a fault in the connection by moving the position of brass tab within the socket out of place.
What this means is that the tab will no longer be able to make a firm connection with the base of the light bulb, and potentially cause small electrical arcs to occur.
Eventually, these arcs can create a hole in the base of the light bulb allowing air to enter.
Resist the temptation to try and reposition the brass tab within the socket with your finger, as this will definitely cause some problems for your health. Be safe and always contact a licensed professional to assess and take care of your electrical needs.
In Australia, the standard voltage in your home should be 240V give or take. However, if for some reason your home receives more than this on a frequent basis, your bulbs will begin to burn out a lot faster.
If this is the case for you, you should contact a qualified electrician as soon as possible. Keeping in mind, most electrical faults in the home don’t occur during office hours, however a 24 hour emergency electricians will be more than happy to resolve this issue for you.
If you have recently had your lights upgraded to LEDs, but still have incompatible dimmer switches installed, your lights may experience a shorter lifespan.
As LEDs have a different circuitry compared to older incandescent light bulbs, older dimmer switches can cause your lights to go off or flicker, and should also be replaced or upgraded.
Vibration in the Fixture
This is a cause commonly seen in ceiling fans. If the fan is unbalanced, as it spins it will vibrate the lighting fixture. This will cause the filament in the light bulb to also shake, decreasing the life span of your bulb.
If the wiring in your light fixture has become loose or deteriorated, it can vary the currents supplied to the bulb. Current variations cause stress and wear out your globes, acting like frequent mini power surges.
It is important to remember that fixing the wiring in your home by yourself is both dangerous and illegal. Hiring a licensed professional electrician will always provide you with peace of mind, knowing your electrical work has been completed safely, saving you money in the future.