Light bulbs keep blowing… and you’re wondering why?
One common reason that the traditional incandescent filament bulbs keep blowing simply comes down to quality.
Budget bulbs always seems like a good idea, but it’s worth investing just a little more money to save having to replace them all the time.
If the lamps have been dropped or handled roughly, this can end up damaging the filament and reducing the total number of operating hours significantly.
The life of a bulb can also be reduced if it is used in a fitting designed for a lower wattage than the operating wattage of the bulb itself.
When light bulbs blow, they may seem to make a popping noise, which is actually caused by hundreds of amps of electricity arcing as the connection of the internal filament is destroyed. When the lamp blows, it’s likely to trip the miniature circuit breaker in the fuse board because of the extra current being drawn as the filament breaks. If the MCB trips out, then all the lights on that circuit will go out until the breaker is reset. It can be very frustrating when this happens, but actually the MCB is protecting you and your home by disconnecting the electrical supply when the bulb blows.
In this day and age, modern society is adopting the use of cheaper, energy conserving technology for lighting, such as the CFL energy saving lamps. The old traditional filament lamps are being replaced by the technological advances of the compact fluorescent lamps. While the older style lamp may have used 40 or 60 watts of electricity, their CFL lamp equivalents may use only 11 or 20 watts of electricity.
The newer type of lamps also last a significantly longer amount of time when compared to their traditional counterparts. A typical incandescent style lamp would usually last up to one thousand hours, whereas the energy saving lamps can last ten thousand hours. The combination of using less electricity and increased lamp life means less expense and less hassle.
If you’re still wondering, “Why do my light bulbs keep blowing?” and you’ve already started using better quality lamps, then there could be an issue with the electrical installation in your home.
In the UK it is recommended that domestic premises have their electrics checked at least every ten years, more frequently for rental properties and business premises. Some insurers are now requesting that periodic inspection and testing be carried out on a regular basis to validate the insurance. It also provides peace of mind that the electrical installation is safe. If you would like to find out more, you can visit out page on electrical periodic inspection and testing.