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Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out?

Frequent light bulb burnouts can be frustrating and may indicate underlying electrical issues in your home or business. At OnSite Electrical, we understand the importance of reliable and efficient lighting. Here’s a comprehensive guide to understanding why your light bulbs might be burning out prematurely and what steps you can take to resolve the issue.

Common Causes of Frequent Light Bulb Burnouts

  1. High Voltage Supply

  • Issue: If the supply voltage to your home is higher than what your light bulbs are rated for, the bulbs can burn out faster.
  • Solution: Use a multimeter to check the voltage supply at your outlets. If it consistently reads higher than 120 volts, contact OnSite Electrical for an assessment and solutions to regulate your home’s voltage.

 

  1. Bulb Vibrations

  • Issue: Vibrations from heavy traffic or large appliances can shake the filaments in the bulbs, causing them to fail prematurely.
  • Solution: Consider using rough service bulbs or LED bulbs, which are more resistant to vibrations.

 

  1. Frequent Switching

  • Issue: Frequently turning lights on and off can shorten the lifespan of a bulb, especially for incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Solution: Upgrade to LED bulbs, which are less affected by frequent switching.

 

  1. Poor Connection

  • Issue: Loose or improper wiring can cause a poor connection, leading to flickering lights and shortened bulb life.
  • Solution: Ensure all light fixtures are correctly installed, and connections are secure. OnSite Electrical’s installation services can help with properly wiring and setting up your lighting fixtures.

 

  1. Incompatible Dimmer Switches

  • Issue: Using non-dimmable bulbs with a dimmer switch or having an outdated dimmer can lead to burnouts.
  • Solution: Make sure your bulbs are dimmable and compatible with the dimmer switch. Consider upgrading to a modern dimmer switch that supports the type of bulbs you are using.

 

  1. Overheating in Enclosed Fixtures

  • Issue: Enclosed fixtures without adequate ventilation can cause bulbs to overheat.
  • Solution: Check if the light fixtures are designed to allow for proper air circulation. Use bulbs that are suited for enclosed fixtures.

OnSite Electrical’s Comprehensive Lighting Solutions

At OnSite Electrical, we offer more than just repairs. Here are how our services can address and prevent issues like frequent bulb burnouts:

  • Energy Audits and Inspections: We can perform comprehensive home energy audits and electrical inspections to identify and remedy any issues affecting your lighting systems.
  • Upgrades and Retrofits: We provide efficient lighting upgrades and retrofits that not only enhance lighting quality but also ensure energy efficiency and durability.
    Professional Advice and Installation: Our team can advise on the best types of bulbs for various settings in your home or business and offer professional installation to ensure optimal performance.

Why Choose OnSite Electrical?

  • Quality Service: We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality services that address the root cause of issues.
  • Expert Team: Our licensed electricians are knowledgeable and equipped to handle all electrical challenges.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Ensuring our clients are satisfied and well-informed is our priority.


If you’re experiencing frequent light bulb burnouts and need a reliable solution, contact OnSite Electrical. Let us help illuminate your space more efficiently and effectively.

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