Lightbulbs-WTF?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by boatme98, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    I have a desk lamp that uses 2 G16.5 bulbs (standard lightbulb base, small bulb, like an oven bulb).
    The original bulbs lasted about 3 years. In the last year I've replaced the bulbs 3 frikken times!
    I've tried all the different brands and it makes no difference. Hell, I bought one pack of Sylvanias, and both blew out within a day.
    The bulbs have been made in Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, and god knows where else.
    I just can't believe it's that hard to make a lightbulb. Hell, we've been doing it for almost a hundred fifty freaking years. You can't give me a bulb that will last more than 2 or 3 months?
    Edison and Tesla must be rolling. They'd never have imagined that their ideas would have been so corrupted just to make a fast buck.
     
  2. rocshaman

    rocshaman New Member

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    Planned obsolescence to the Nth degree.
     

  3. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    Maybe the connection is slightly shorting and burning out the bulbs quickly?
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i replaced most of the most commonly used bulbs in my house with the CFL bulbs about eight years ago. about 12-14 bulbs in all. i have replaced one of them in that time. the higher initial cost pays for it in the long run.

    the one here in my office in the desk lamp, stays on 24/7 and very seldom is ever turned off. it's over eight years old and was one of the first ones that i tried out.
     
  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I bought some of those new halogen replacement bulbs a couple years ago. They were supposed to last for five years or so. None made it through this year. :(
     
  6. JonM

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    this. might be the lamp. also check your wall socket might be shorting and could be a sign the wall socket has gone south. happens a lot at season changes if its on a outside wall. the connections can corrode causing funky electrical issues
     
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    All the bulbs in our home are CFL, can`t remember the last time I replaced a bulb !......
     
  8. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    No, it's an interior wall. Nothing has changed. Just buying new bulbs. Granted, it's a weird bulb size, I think we're just getting inferior crap from second and third world countries.
    Who knows what is being used for the filament? Whatever it is, it isn't worth a flying fork.
     
  9. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    Bite the bullet and get led bulbs they are pricey but will out live you.
     
  10. Rick1967

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    I just bought a bunch of LEDs for my hotel hallway. I used them to replace CFLs that were not bright enough. The new LEDs are much brighter. They use less energy. But they are mega expensive. I think I paid like $19 each. I bought 40 or 50 of them for just one hallway.:eek:
     
  11. boatme98

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    I guess I'll try to find some the next go round. Probably about 2 months from now, the way it's been going.
    I'm just PO'd that theyve taken 100+ year old technology that works fairly flawlessly, and rendered it absolutely useless just to make a few bucks.
    Oh, and watch for new GM vehicles that have headlights on system. They always seem to have one headlight out. Just more of the same.
     
  12. DP03

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    I've just replaced most of my house bulbs, inside and out, with LED's. They are so much better than the CFL's which take time to "warm up".

    Yes, they are expensive as mentioned above, but the light is bright and instantaneous, and most of the bulbs consume less than $1.50 per year to operate, and have 50,000 hour lives. Love them.

    How many of you have CFL tactical lights on your guns? ;)
     
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  13. JonM

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    try it in a different outlet for a bit that is on a different circuit. i still think something is up with your outlet or the lamp
     
  14. F4U

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    I have not tried the leds, the cfls I can't stand. I have some can lights above the island in my kitchen, I replaced a couple of the bulbs with the so called comparable cfls, the difference in the amount of light in fixtures about 4' apart is huge. Going back to real light bulbs for as long as I can get them.

    I did the same thing in my den replaced the 2 60 watt bulbs in the ceiling fixture with the cfl equivalent, I can't read in that room now without the desk lamp turned on.
     
  15. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    I'll break my outlet tester out and give it a shot. The lamp. I had it checked out last spring when I got po'd about the bulbs. Took it to the store where I bought it, it's a lamp store, that's all they do, and didn't find anything wrong with it. I'm back to the cheap azz bulbs.
     
  16. WillWork4Ammo

    WillWork4Ammo New Member

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    I have a stash of 100 watt incandescent light bulbs!
    Buahahaha!!
     
  17. rurak

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    Sounds like a small short in the socket of the lamp. Happens all the time. I love getting callbacks for blown lamps.
     
  18. cbartrip6

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    I love lamp.

    Seriously though, I swear they make them cheaper on purpose to try and get consumers to justify the cost of CFL and LED. Which I suppose isn't a terrible thing because of the cost savings in the long run.
     
  19. WebleyFosbery38

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    2 going bad that quickly tells me they were defective or over-wattage for the socket/ shade.

    I have replaced 99% of my Incandescent bulbs with CFL's but I havent been happy with them other than NRG Savings. Ive found most do not last nearly the 5 years most swear they will, I dont really like Fluorescent lite flicker and the idea that were purposely flooding the market with devices that have Mercury in them isnt so good either, just think how much of that is floating around the water supplies in China where most of our CFL's are made? I wish the Free market had prevailed when it came to NRG efficiency, Bush was more interested in placating than real progress so we now have cheaper CFL's taking up space on store shelves instead of LED's. Add to that there are at least 100 different lamp bases that cannot be replaced with a CFL because they just cant make a ballast that small and they dont seem to be the best solution for phasing out the simple incandescent bulb.

    LED's are becoming affordable, they beat CFL's 10 to 1 as far as reliability, Light Quality, toxicity and longevity wise. I did get a bunch of LED's on Ebay (10 for less than $30 total) about 6 months ago, GU10's, they are awesome, about 1/3 the heat of the Incandescent ones and they draw less than 10% of the current, so far, all of them are working perfectly.
     
  20. clr8ter

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    boatme, you are getting 2 months out of a bulb? Good for you! I regularly get them that don't work out of the package.:mad: I don't think there's anything wrong with your lamp, or socket, just your bulbs. And I HATE those CFLs, they suck donkey balls. What makes them think I have 10 min to wait for max light in a closet I need to be in for 30 seconds? I'll have to look into LEDs.