Monthly Archives: February 2019

What is causing my light bulbs to blow out so fast?

Are you still in the process of updating to CFL or LED lights in your home? Are you concerned that your older type of bulbs are suddenly blowing out faster than ever before? Even though you are updating, it is a good idea to investigate the reason for the sudden change.

Bulbs
Have you started using a different brand or batch of bulbs where you see the sudden change? The durability of the filament in these type of bulbs was already fragile. If the quality of these different bulbs is even a small amount less, that could result in them blowing out faster.

Light socket
Anything using electrical current requires a strong connection in order to work correctly. Light bulbs are no different. If the bulb is not able to make that connection effectively, it can result in arcing electricity that can lead to the fast blowouts.

Remove the bulb and look into the light bulb socket. Inside you should find a small brass tab that is slightly raised. If it has been flattened by over tightening bulbs in the past, that could be causing arcing electricity.

Turn off the power to the affected light socket. Once you have confirmed it is safe to work on, use your fingers or a pair of small pliers to bend that tab slightly upwards. Not sure how much? Take a look at another light socket and see the position of the tab to compare.

High Voltage & Vibration
Two less common causes can be excess voltage and vibration. Excess voltage can be caused by your home’s electrical system. If you have concerns that this may be happening, give us a call to diagnose the problem.

Vibration from appliances nearby or other mechanical devices can be causing the filament in these bulbs to snap prematurely. In these instances, once you switch to CFL or LED your problem should be satisfied.

If you would like help diagnosing and correcting any of these potential electrical problems in your home, Douthit Electrical can help! Douthit Electrical has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990. When you need electrical service, check out our money saving coupons and give us a call!


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How to choose a location for circuit breaker panels

IA Circuit Breaker Panel is an important part of your home’s electrical system. It’s location should be chosen carefully and must always observe The National Electrical Codes (NEC) handed down by the National Fire Protection Association.

NEC Guidelines
In order the assure that the circuit breaker panel can always be accessed easily and safely, the NEC has designated a certain amount area to be left available at all times as a “working space”. This space around the breaker panel must be at least 6′ 6” high and 3 feet square away from the wall, with 30” width.

The center of the handle on the panel should not be more than 6′ 7” from the floor.

Resist the urge to hide your panel away in a closet or pantry. They should be installed in a larger exposed area such as a basement or garage. This should be a place that is out of the way and out of sight, but still convenient.

It should go without saying, that a light must be nearby to make sure your panel can be seen at all necessary times. Don’t store things near the panel that would limit easy access to it.

Are You Ready?
If you are considering taking on this project, consider visiting NEC (National Electrical code) at www.nfpa.org/NEC. It’s important that before you start you are armed with all the necessary information so that you do not have to redo your work.

If you’ve chosen the location for your new circuit breaker panel and would like it installed by a professional electrician, Douthit Electrical can help! Douthit Electrical has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990. When you need electrical service, check out our money saving coupons and give us a call!


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