Hi – first time poster – sorry if this is a duplicate discussion …
I have a newer home (about 8 years old) that goes through light bulbs at an alarming rate in certain rooms. For instance, in the kitchen and dining rooms, we replace probably 10-15 bulbs a year. Most of the fixtures are antique fixtures with 4-5 bulbs per fixture. Most of the bulbs have shades. The bulbs within a fixture all seem to fail within a few weeks of each other. The fixtures with high rates of failure tend to be the ones that are on alot, but it still seems like we’re going through more than we should.
On the other hand, I have other bulbs that are still original to the house (unshaded laundry room bulbs in this case).
I wired the house myself, and to the best of my knowledge followed correct wiring practices.
One other thing is that when higher power appliances such as the AC or washing machine motor kick in, we get a slight flicker. Not sure if that’s normal, or related to the problem.
My initial suspicion is that we are using too high a wattage bulb (40-60) in the shaded fixtures, and that they are getting too hot.
Any insights would be appreciated.