I'm in the dark, Charlie. Again.
May 23, 2009 11:06 AM Subscribe
Light bulbs with short life spans + older house = scary wiring problem?
posted by GuffProof to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For years I've rented a small, old house. There are two rooms (bathroom and kitchen) with ceiling light fixtures. Very basic set up- two light bulbs screw into exposed sockets under a glass cover.
These lights are ALWAYS burning out. Maybe one bulb a month.
Other than being a huge annoyance (high ceilings, shaky step ladder, fear of falling and breaking my neck), every time another bulb goes POP, I wonder if there could be a scary wiring problem.
This doesn't happen with lamps that are plugged in. No problems with other appliances. Fuse has only blown once, years ago, while vacuuming when I had the AC unit running.
I'm using name-brand light bulbs. 60w or 75w max. As I mentioned, each light fixture has 2 bulbs- but they don't both go POP simultaneously, which eases my worry a little bit.
I should probably ask the landlord to inspect, but I hate to deal with him for any reason. He's a slightly creepy guy with absolutely NO home maintenance skills. Everything he's tried to fix around here has been a disaster. Also, he's very cheap and wouldn't spring for a qualified professional to do it. If anything, he'd poke around and make a mess and pronounce it 'fine'.
To prevent a fire, and the loss of everything I own, I'd happily pay a professional to inspect it myself. But I don't know if it's really necessary?
For those with electrical smarts: are short-lived light bulbs a sign of trouble?