by Don Rackler on December 30, 2015
When you are dealing with problems with your electrical lighting and you aren’t sure what the issue might be, you want to keep in mind that how long your lightbulbs last can be a big part of whether or not your light will continue to work. Here are some tips to make sure that your lightbulbs will stand the test of time.
There are several different kinds of lightbulbs on the market, and you will want to know which types you are dealing with. Incandescent lightbulbs require different precautionary measures than CFL long-lasting lightbulbs. Make sure to check the package when you buy your product so you know the best way to make it last a little longer.
Incandescent lightbulbs can be sensitive to loud noises or shocks. Even slamming a door hard can affect how long the lightbulb will last. Vibrations of any kind can end up damaging some of the filaments inside the glass. If you are hoping that this type of bulb will continue to last, make sure to buy rough service lightbulbs. They might be a bit more expensive, but it is worth it in order to know that they will stand the test of time.
Luckily, CFL lightbulbs are meant to last longer than most incandescent lightbulbs. Most of them often last 8 to 15 times longer, though they also produce less light. If you are alright with this, they can last for years. You will want to make sure that you are not exposing them constantly to voltages higher than their stated operating voltage. CFLs also don’t run very well on low temperatures and are sensitive to any humidity in the area. If you want to use them outside, using them in an enclosed environment is the best way to do it.
LED lightbulbs usually last the longest out of any kind of lightbulb on the market. They are also tougher than some of the other types like CFLs and incandescent lightbulbs. You won’t have to worry about vibrations or temperatures when you purchase LEDs. One of the biggest problems you will run into with LED lightbulbs is if they aren’t installed correctly. They can easily burn out if they aren’t used with the correct electronics. You’ll want to check about the type of LED you are using and what you plan to use it for before you make sure to install it.
With so many different types of lightbulbs available, you don’t have to continue to suffer with ones that don’t work very well or for long. By finding the best lightbulbs for the type of job you need it for and by keeping a few things in mind, your lightbulbs can end up lasting years and you can save money over a period of time by looking into which light is right for the job. You might also consider talking to a professional who can help you choose the right lightbulb for you.