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Old 08-06-2014, 09:32 PM   #21
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Yes, thanks I'll definitely do that. I'll get one at the hardware store because I need it tomorrow, then I'll get those or get one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/White-Halogen-...lacement+78+mm
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Perhaps they don't make them like they used to. Or that the utility has been messing around, and your line voltage is higher than 115V. Do you have a voltmeter to check?

If it keeps failing, I would put in a wall dimmer to cut the power to the bulb a bit.
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This happened to me all the time with a new kitchen light/fan, then on my electrician's advice I ordered halogens rated at 130V instead of 120V. Issue went away.

I found them on Amzn.
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Perhaps they don't make them like they used to. Or that the utility has been messing around, and your line voltage is higher than 115V. Do you have a voltmeter to check?

If it keeps failing, I would put in a wall dimmer to cut the power to the bulb a bit.

I recall T-Al's neighbor had hot wired to the utility to power their grow operation, and overloaded the feeds to the point of smoking. Perhaps somewhere along the way, someone on your feed complained of low voltage, and the utility increased the voltage to that feed, and never brought it back down when the grow operation was detected?

If you have high voltage, you want it fixed. It can affect a lot of things, but filament bulbs are very sensitive to delta V. IIRC a 10% increase gives less than 50% life.

I'd put in an LED rated dimmer in either case. Dimming is a nice feature and will increase bulb life (I think halogens need occasional time at full power - something about the halogen depositing on the glass and needing to be 'burned off').

130V bulbs would help but I say fix the source.

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I checked the voltage last time and it was fine--while I was testing at least.
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I vote for a new fixture. I used to love these halogens, but they always have burn out problems, even if you treat them with surgical precision.

I suggest you look into some of the newest LED fixtures. Some are really, really smart looking. Not cheap, but they can work amazingly well. Technology is finally catching up. In 20 years, I think everything will be LED.
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I vote for a new fixture. I used to love these halogens, but they always have burn out problems, even if you treat them with surgical precision.

I suggest you look into some of the newest LED fixtures. Some are really, really smart looking. Not cheap, but they can work amazingly well. Technology is finally catching up. In 20 years, I think everything will be LED.
+1 re getting a new fixture. There might be safety issues.
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I checked the voltage last time and it was fine--while I was testing at least.
FWIW, mine did too. 130v bulbs still solved the problem.
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