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How long can a lightbulb last ?????
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Alberta Mike    Posted 05-28-2001 at 06:43:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Moved into our house 30 years ago this July and over the weekend, I changed a lightbulb that is just inside our front entrance. You know, I can honestly say that I'm pretty sure that's the first time I ever changed that bulb. I remember changing all the others a number of times but not that one. And, it's clicked on and off regularly so it's not like it isn't used. Do you think its possible for a 60W bulb to last that long?

Nate Snodgrass    Posted 03-11-2002 at 13:09:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does the life of a lightbulb depend on its wattage?

Linease    Posted 11-30-2003 at 08:46:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does the life of a lightbulb depend on its wattage?

SHEILA E.LINDSAY    Posted 03-28-2003 at 05:56:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does the life of a light bulb depend on it's wattage?

poop    Posted 10-28-2005 at 08:38:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Mike Taylor    Posted 05-29-2001 at 23:07:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
About half as long as it says on the carton!

Mike Taylor    Posted 05-29-2001 at 23:01:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
At my last house I had a back porch (that I built). I happened to have one of those sealed explosion proof light fixtures. I put it in the center of the porch ceiling and installed a 150 watt light bulb. When we moved 15 years later, that durn bulb was still working! I think the fact that the fixture was sealed prevented thermal shock. I used that fixture cause it had an aluminum grid around the thick glass fixture, and was hoping that my 4 kids wouldn't break it. Guess it worked cause they never did!

Gary    Posted 05-29-2001 at 05:15:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you look at the construction of the older bulbs vs the new bulbs its a wonder the new bulbs will even come on. Even name brand bulbs are built cheaply. YOu can get bulbs to last longer. Islate them them shock and vibration, buy "130v" bulbs or buy rough duty bulbs.

bill b va    Posted 05-28-2001 at 14:06:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]

if you want a light bulb that will last a long time buy 130 volt bulbs . they are availiable. may be a little hard to find .try a good hardware store or a electrical supply house .dont let some know it all tell you there is no such thing or they wont work. they will be a little less bright. bill b va

Salmoneye    Posted 05-28-2001 at 12:52:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Saw a news story about 10 years ago about an Edison Electric Company light bulb that had been on since it was made.
It was hanging in an old firehouse somewhere and they had to turn it off because they were moving the fire station.
Last I heard it was still lit in the new fire house.
They just don't make em like they used to...

Nathan(GA)    Posted 05-28-2001 at 13:22:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember that story. Seems like it was one of the old clear type bulbs. I'd like to hear an update on it.

I've got a stove hood fan/light that blows one about once a month.

Dreamweaver    Posted 05-28-2001 at 14:02:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use hallogen bulbs in my foyer cause it's a two story deal, and I have trouble replacing it. Has blown once since I've been here (2 yrs). The other's are cheap regular Wal-Mart kind and go constantly.

Alberta Mike    Posted 05-28-2001 at 15:42:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Dreamweaver, I really like this forum you know. Visited the tractor sites for a long time (and still do) but these two at the bottom are lots of fun and I see you're pretty active here. Anyways, up here in Canada, I have heard that some people think the halogens are some type of fire hazard. Have you ever heard of that? Just wondering, maybe it's an old wives tale. See ya.

Aaron    Posted 05-28-2001 at 16:21:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Halogen lights can be a fire hazard. Not so much in ceiling mounted or fixtures, but in those popular tall light stands. They are free standing lights, about 5' tall or so, with a halogen bulb at the top. When I was a student at Iowa State, there were several dorm rooms that sustained fire damage because someone tossed a blanket over one when it was on. Halogen lights make a lot of heat and need to be kept clear of combustable materials. The university banned the lights for safety. The big thing is keeping stuf far away from the bulb and if they are free standing, keep them vertical. Lights installed in ceilings are insulated well enough and are obviously clear of combustables. Just some things to keep in mind.

Dreamweaver    Posted 05-28-2001 at 15:53:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
They could be. I have not heard that personally, but would like to know. If they are, I'm getting mine out of here tonight.

IHank    Posted 05-28-2001 at 07:06:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Alberta Mike- Yes, certain kinds of light bulbs will last a long, long, time. If you want that, then snoop around and get "rough service" bulbs. Another long life option is the type used in traffic signals and places where it's difficult to replace 'em (like up on top of the tail fin of a 747). Grins, IHank

Fogey - careful wit rough service bulbs --    Posted 05-28-2001 at 13:35:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
(The first real light bulbs were good for many years, but the thicker elements weren't as efficient as modern ones. Now we're stuck at the efficient end of the pendulum :)

Re: Rough Service vs Long Life
My mechanic cousin's pump is housed in a wooden box inside his garage. Since he works out there but doesn't heat the building at nite, he uses a 60-w light bulb to keep the pump from freezing. There's a little crack in a seam, so he checks the light every nite when he closes shop.

Last Fall the bulb went out, so he promptly replaced it with a "rough service" bulb like he uses in trouble lights. Coupla nites later, the brand new bulb burned out and he got to spend another $250 to replace his cracked, frozen pump.

So his expensive lesson was -- "rough service" and "long life" are 2 different things! Now he uses 2 lites :)

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