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Old Apr 17, 2012, 03:52 PM
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Outdoor Lights...............

Why do the bulbs in all my outdoor fixtures only last a month at the most?? All the fixtures are less than 2-3 years old and the bulbs go inside them. Also, my flood lights only last a few months and I only turn them on once in a while
I can't WAIT to sell this house
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:09 PM
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Check the voltage in an outlet. I've seen 137 VAC in a house before.

Oh, BTW, leave the BB gun in the house.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:16 PM
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Is it a low voltage system?
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:25 PM
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Are you close enough to the ocean to get some salt spray?
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:33 PM
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Is it a low voltage system?
No, 110.

I'm not near the ocean. Besides, unless they where taking a direct splash from the water, "salt air" is a myth. When ocean water evaporates, all the salt is left behind.
That's why only the cars that are driven along the beach in Florida rust, like the rental cars in Daytona
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Oh, and my voltmeter says 111-113v.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:52 PM
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Maybee it's all the June bugs ramming into them!

Or maybee you neighbor is secretly stealing your bulbs and replaceing them with his burnt out lights!

Maybee Obamas "green team". Is sabotaging your incandescents so you will switch to cfl.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:54 PM
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Quit buying cheap bulbs at Big Lots and Dollar General.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:58 PM
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Oh, and my voltmeter says 111-113v.
That's well within limits. Up to 120VAC can easily be encountered.

One thing that may be blowing things up is power surges. You can get a power monitor, but they can run a little pricey,
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 05:16 PM
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Uhhh... what kind of 'bulbs' are they?

If their incandescent I cant really explain their behaviour other than a possible vibration problem.

That is if power quality is not an issue. But I assume you would know that by now.

oh almost forgot. Alot of manufacturers of incandescent light bulbs are now throwing 'caution' (read costs) to the wind and pushing filimants alot harder. Tungsten aint cheap you know.

Used to be incands would last years under the right conditions. Not anymore.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 05:20 PM
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Here ya go, cheep, and only $450!

http://www.amazon.com/PQR-D50-Power-.../dp/B001DNLW82
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 05:30 PM
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Used to be incands would last years under the right conditions. Not anymore.
Perhaps still in the box on the shelf... Typical life expectancy for a tungsten filament incandescent is 1000-1500 hours. Four hours of use per day only yields 312 days or about 10 months.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 06:08 PM
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Perhaps still in the box on the shelf... Typical life expectancy for a tungsten filament incandescent is 1000-1500 hours. Four hours of use per day only yields 312 days or about 10 months.
and yours only last a month. Stop leaving them on for 40 hours a day.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 06:19 PM
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Could it be Bush's fault?
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 06:29 PM
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Buy LED's they last so long you will be dead and they will still work
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