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Lightbulb Gripe

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Saturn 2
Defcon1 1
TinktheSprite 6
andreweggplant 1
sdanielmcev 4
Butterbean 5
The Odd Job Specialist 1

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TinktheSprite --- 1 years ago -

At the risk of sounding old and agasint progress, the confusion I have just choosing a box of lightbulbs these days is stupid! Why can't I just get a box of 60 watts and head to the register. Now there are dimmable LED, non-dimmable LED, no- warm up...blah, blah, blah. I finally decided on box of not so cheap ECO bulbs. All they do is flicker or buzz in my light fixtures. Come to find out, I have not enough power to turn them on, but enough residual power to keep them blinking? WTF?! Google suggests rewiring my switches. REALLY? Our house is old but there are many more homes older than ours! How in the world are we supposed to do this? I am on the hunt for old fashioned incandescent bulbs! end of rant 

Butterbean --- 1 years ago -

Yup. I've changed everything that can be changed over to LED,s.

There is a learning curve, but it's worth it. 

TinktheSprite --- 1 years ago -

Did you rewire stuff, Butterbean? 

Butterbean --- 1 years ago -

No. The KW house was built about 1985.

Another house was built in early 80s. I've used LEDs in both without rewiring.

The only real problem for me is dimmable vs non. I don't use the LEDs in those fixtures that dim. I'm too cheap to pay the price.

LEDs produce a lot more lumens for power consumption. Most stores have a good display that show the difference. 

TinktheSprite --- 1 years ago -

Ok I just tried the dimmable LED in my grandmother's lamp. It's OLD. Like 1950's old. The bulb didn't work. Is it the lamp, teh fact the bulb is "dimmable", or truly the outlet wiring? Our house was built in 1989-ish. 

Butterbean --- 1 years ago -

I certainly would not expect the house wiring to be at fault.

I don't remember dimmable lights in the 50s. Most likely it's a three position switch that works with a 2 contact base plus the ground. Commonly called a 3way lamp. The dimmable bulb is not going to work in the lamp. 

Butterbean --- 1 years ago -

Nite, nite time here. 

TinktheSprite --- 1 years ago -

Oh, ok. It is a 3-way. I think it was rewired somewhere along the way. But they won't work in the recessed hall light(buzzes) or the new fixture in the new uner-the-stairs dog poop room.(flickers and stays on). Seriously frustrating! 

The Odd Job Specialist --- 1 years ago -

Ok I just tried the dimmable LED in my grandmother's lamp. It's OLD. Like 1950's old. The bulb didn't work. Is it the lamp, teh fact the bulb is "dimmable", or truly the outlet wiring? Our house was built in 1989-ish.


I seriously don't think your problem is the wiring in your home. All electric power is the same coming into any home, the service panel reduces the amount of power thru each breaker. I think your problem is in the light fixture. Turn off whatever light you are wanting to install an LED light, then remove the bulb and look inside to the very bottom and you will see a contact point. Take something, I usually use a pair of needle nose electrical pliers and pull up on the contact point a little bit, then install the LED light and screw it down as far as possible. I have had this problem with the lights in my home when I purchased LED's for myself.

I even had one light fixture that was too small around for on particular LED bulb and I still cannot find an LED bulb that will fit it. All bases on lamps and light fixtures should be the same standard size.

Hope this helps?? Let me know. I can stop by one day and take a look if needed to help you figure out the problem. No Charge!

Thanks
Michael 

sdanielmcev --- 1 years ago -

Incorrect, odd job. The panel does not reduce the power. It distributes and prevents overload. 

sdanielmcev --- 1 years ago -

There is a possibility that one of the 'hot' wires has some corrosion at the panel terminal, if the problem is systemic throughout the house, usually one side of the panel. Also any loose wiring at the panel can cause a loss of power.
If using a dimmer, make sure it is compatible with led or other types of bulbs. 

sdanielmcev --- 1 years ago -

BTW, the wiring is not usually the problem. Wiring is only a conduit. 

TinktheSprite --- 1 years ago -

Thanks for the suggestions. I will check contacts and gladly forget wiring issues! IDK why I bought "dimmable"?? I only have one dimmable fixture upstairs. The other, was switched over for Alexa to control. This is an expensive "Learning Curve"! Is there such a thing as 3-way LED? Don't tell me, $20/bulb? 

andreweggplant --- 1 years ago -

Is there such a thing as 3-way LED? Don't tell me, $20/bulb??

I think I have some regular 3-way bulbs you can have. I no longer have anything that takes them 

Defcon1 --- 1 years ago -

I can't stand the bright whitish-blue tinge that LED's put out. I refuse.

I just buy regular old, orangey glowing bulbs lol 

Butterbean --- 1 years ago -

Warm white LEDs are your friend, Defcon. 

Saturn --- 1 years ago -

I like the "daylight" LED bulbs ...

It can be pitch black outside, but inside the house it's as though it's twelve o'clock noon, straight up. 

TinktheSprite --- 1 years ago -

Thanks for the kind offer andreweggplant. After looking at the lamp components, I think it is NOT a 3-way bulb after all. I remember it was when grandma had the lamps. But now the switch doesn't turn it just clicks on and off. It must have been changed over when rewired. But it still won't take an LED bulb.

How many KU members does it take to chance a light bulb? Obviously many! 

Saturn --- 1 years ago -

How many KU members does it take to chance a light bulb? Obviously many!

That made me laugh, Tink ... 

sdanielmcev --- 1 years ago -

If you do need help diagnosing the problem, you can call me at 832-538-7658
Dan the Handyman.
I don't charge for estimates​ or advice. 

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