Light bulbs are bound to go out at some point. They aren’t built to last forever. With that said, your light bulbs should last you a good amount of time before going out, and when they appear to go out sooner than expected, there are a couple of reasons why that may be the case. We have gone over a few reasons light bulbs could go out already, but there are even more reasons you could have this problem. Find out if any of these causes could be the reason your light bulbs are burning out, and see how you can resolve the issue.
You Have Bad Light Bulbs
Sometimes, the problem with your light bulb is the bulb itself. To test if the bulb is at fault, try plugging the same one into various fixtures throughout your building. If it keeps going out no matter which fixture you use, a faulty bulb could be the issue you have.
If you have bad bulbs, you’ll have to get new ones. It’s often a good idea to switch brands to minimize the chances of getting more faulty bulbs in the future.
Your Light Bulbs Are Screwed in Too Tightly
We understand wanting to make sure your light bulbs are firmly connected to your fixtures, but a bulb that’s screwed too tightly could end up doing more harm than good to your connection. Take a look and try to find a tiny brass tab in your light socket. This tab should serve as a spring-like mechanism. The tab should be sticking out at an angle close to 30 degrees, and tabs that get pressed down to your socket’s base are problematic. In this scenario, you can either attempt to get the tab back in position or you can replace your fixture.
WARNING! Avoid putting your finger or anything else in your socket before you turn your breaker off first.
Your Light Bulbs Are Overheating
Each fixture will have a recommended wattage level, but light bulbs come with varying watts. If you have a light bulb with more wattage than what your fixture should have, there will be an excessive amount of heat in the globe. Too much heat will make light bulbs go out sooner than they should.
The best solution is for you to get new light bulbs, ones that have lower wattage. The bulbs should always have fewer watts than whatever your socket or fixture suggests.
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