Why is My Light Bulb Burning Out?

If you’ve ever experienced the saga of a light fixture that repeatedly burns through bulbs, you know how frustrating it is. The good news is that there is often a very simple solution.

 

So what’s wrong with your bulb?

 

Here are a handful of the most common issues that can cause an early bulb breakdown:

 

Problem: Excessive Vibration

 

Bulbs that are subject to lots of vibration are prone to early failure. This is commonly seen in ceiling fans, garage door lights, or underneath a particularly active room like a child’s playroom.

 

Solution: Look for bulbs labeled “rough service” that are designed with thicker filaments to handle more vibration. Another option is to switch to LED light bulbs, which aren’t affected by vibration since they do not house filaments.

Problem: Bulb Quality

 

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. That pack of 10 bulbs at the dollar store may seem like a great bargain, but be ready to change them often.

 

Solution: Shop for quality bulbs from trusted companies (ahem, Pegasus Lighting).