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Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out?

Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out? There is nothing more frustrating than flipping the light switch only to find your bulb has burnt out. If this is a frequent occurrence in your household, you need to hire a professional to assess your system and provide electrical lighting replacement. Super Electric or Reno and Sparks can help you detect, diagnose and address such problems before things get out of hand. A burnt-out light bulb is not a significant cause for concern, but when the issue is recurrent, it may show a more severe underlying problem.

Burnt out light bulb

A reputable electrician leverages extensive industry knowledge and experience to ensure your electrical system is in tip-top condition. There are many probable causes for burnt-out light bulbs, hence the need to schedule regular maintenance with a professional before the situation becomes more pronounced. The last thing you want is an electrical-related injury or fire, hence the need to address minor problems early. Here are potential causes of light bulbs burning out.

The Power Supply Voltage is High

Many homes in the United States have 120-volt electrical outlets, which is ideal for light bulbs. However, if the light is connected to a 220-volt outlet rather than the standard outlet, the bulb will burn brighter and die sooner. You can use a multimeter to check the voltage of your outlets or hire an electrician to inspect your system. A higher reading than 120 volts should only be in outlets used for appliances like stoves and dryers.

Improperly Connected Light Bulbs

If your light bulbs are improperly connected or loose, the chances for the bulb to burn out are high. Look out for flickering, as it usually precedes burning out. A loose bulb is easily fixed by screwing it properly into the socket, but if this doesn’t work, you may require an electrical lighting replacement. Ensure the bulb is snug, but don’t screw the bulb too tight to avoid damage. We can ensure the bulb solder and the tab are the exact sizes to allow for a good connection.

Excess Vibration

Vibrations from ceiling fans or garage doors cause incandescent bulbs to burn out prematurely because of broken filaments. The light may also flicker, which signifies a loose connection. If the bulb in question is near an entrance or places where vibrations are inevitable, we recommend switching to LED bulbs. These bulbs have no filament, which is a great way to protect your lighting from vibrations. Our expert electrician can help you select the best bulbs for your home and provide top-quality electrical lighting installation.

Wrong Type of Bulb

Girl with wrong type of bulb

A common mistake that often leads to bulbs burning out is installing the wrong bulb for a particular fixture. You can avoid this problem by ensuring the bulb’s wattage doesn’t exceed the fixture’s wattage, and that’s why LED lights are an excellent solution. They offer more efficiency and burn brighter, making them suitable for fixtures frequently used throughout the day.

Contact us at Super Electric of Reno and Sparks and schedule a consultation with a professional electrician to learn more about maintaining a functioning system. We provide various services, from electrical lighting replacement and repairs to routine maintenance at competitive market rates.

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