Don’t we all wish that the light bulbs in our home would last forever? But the fact is that incandescent bulbs provide about 900 hours of illumination. Based on a usage of 8-hours per day, the bulb should last for approximately four months. A compact fluorescent bulb is supposed to last much longer, but we all know this isn’t the case.
LED technology has come a boon and these bulbs are resilient and can easily provide 40,000-50,000 hours of illumination, depending on the brand you buy. If you find yourself replacing bulbs too often in your home, and feel their lifespan isn’t what it should be, the problem may lie with the bulb itself. However, there are a number of other aspects that can impact the longevity of bulbs in your home. Let’s take a look at why light bulbs are burning out too soon:
#1 HIGH VOLTAGE
If the power supply voltage to your property is very high, bulbs will typically burn brighter and will also burn out much quicker. You can easily get the voltage checked for various electrical outlets in your home. Your electrician will use either a voltage tester or multimeter to carry out this check and provide a suitable solution if they identify that a problem exists.
#2 EXCESSIVE LIGHT FIXTURE VIBRATION
This is another common cause of bulbs burning out. A classic example of this is ceiling fans with light fixtures. If a fan blade becomes unbalanced, the entire fan begins to shake. The vibration impacts the filament inside the bulbs and will result in a shorter bulb life. Similar problems cause light bulbs in the garage door openers to burn out quickly. We recommend you use a rough service bulb, with heavy-duty filaments to fix this problem as they are able to better withstand vibration.