The best lighting can add dimension and brightness to your home. To keep those lightbulbs vibrant and alive for a long time to come, you need to think about how to increase your lightbulb’s lifespan. These are nine ways to stop your bulb from burning out.
Stop Excessive Vibration
If you keep your ceiling fan in balance, it won’t shake or jiggle the lightbulb until the filament dies. You can also try out rough service bulbs that are designed to take the movement.
Check for Short Circuits
How often does your circuit breaker trip? The simple fix is to remove any defective sockets or cords that may trip the circuit and reset it.
Check Your Voltage
With a multimeter or a voltage tester, you can find out the voltage of your electrical outlets and sockets. For voltages above 125 volts, you may want an electrician to come check out your outlets.
Inspect for Depressed Socket Tabs
There is a metal tab at the bottom of your light socket. This tab delivers the electrical current to the bulb, but when it falls down too far, it may not contact the bulb at all.
Switch to LED Bulbs
CFL bulbs claim to last longer than incandescent, but with daily use, they may burn out quickly. LED bulbs are energy-efficient, plus they last a lot longer than other bulbs on the market.
Choose the Right Size Bulb
Always check the wattage that your sockets require because this will ensure that you’re using the right bulbs. The correct bulbs always last longer.
Use the Right Dimmer Switch
If you have made the change to LED or CFL bulbs, you have to keep your dimmer up to date, too. Always choose a dimmer that can handle your light bulbs and vice versa.
Tighten Your Bulb
Tighten your bulbs to avoid any flickering from loose connections. If the fixture still presents a problem, turn off your power to check the circuit wires.
Decrease Recessed Light Insulation
Recessed lights can add beautiful light to a room, but what many homeowners do not realize is that you have to hold back the insulation. This prevents any overheating or burn out due to the insulation.