Forums | Home Repair | Home Improvement | Painting | Interior Decorating | Remodeling | Landscaping


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-30-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 257
Share |
Default

Light bulb replacement


The bulbs in my 1.5 year old kitchen are starting burn out. They are GE 4-pin plug-in CFLs that use a GX24q-3 base. I went to lowes and it looks like the bulbs are $15 each; and I need 10 of them! Do you folks know of a more affordable supplier??

Also, shouldn't these things last for more than 1.5 years? That's only about 1100 hours assuming they are on 2 hours a day.
mopowers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2011, 12:42 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 6,781
Default

Light bulb replacement


How many off and on cycles did they go through? A fluorescent, compact or otherwise, that is turned off and on frequently will not last as long as one that has not gone through too many turn-ons even if the latter has had somewhat more burning hours.

Are the lamps pointed or facing down with the ballast units directly above? Are the lamps enclosed by a shade or diffuser? This can result in a higher temperature inside that shortens the life of both bulbs and ballasts.
__________________
The average homeowner who lost his house in the Oklahoma tornadoes should move for good and not rebuild. Too much complexity watchdogging the contractor. Too much a chance to be defrauded.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2011, 06:23 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 257
Default

Light bulb replacement


They are turned on and off pretty frequently. That probably explains it. They are pointed down (can lights) with no diffuser.

Thanks for the info.
mopowers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
broken light bulb out of reach over stairs cmelichar General DIY Discussions 5 05-27-2010 04:29 PM
Is there a light bulb that does not put out much heat? ingeborgdot Electrical 12 03-23-2009 06:52 AM
Replacement Light Fixture - Speed Wire Clip? nick4597 Electrical 4 01-03-2009 12:49 PM
Flourecent light bulb question shadango Electrical 7 06-28-2008 08:28 PM
Ceiling Fan Light Switch Replacement leanthinkin Electrical 2 08-22-2006 12:10 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.