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Short life of appliance bulb,40 w clear. ordering code bc40tbn 130v soft light last atleast 1 year bright light last atleast 2 years. mine lasted less than 6 weeks,, are they garunteed ??? William wunduke 20 Diablo ct. umatilla Oregon 97882 bduke@my180.net

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    I bought my bulb at home depot..

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When I hear of light bulbs not lasting, the first thing I suggest is to measure the voltage level of your power line at a few sockets in the home. They should measure 110-125V AC.

Measuring between ground and the larger terminal of the outlet should be virtually zero volts, and from ground to the smaller terminal should be 110-125V AC.

If these readings are off, please reply back with details. In some cases, a loose neutral can occur, causing voltages to vary at dangerous levels.

OTHERWISE, I would suggest making sure you get good quality bulbs. Sadly, since we handed over our manufacturing base to China, the products we get in return are barely adequate.

I would visit a home center like Lowe's or Home Depot (as opposed to a grocery store or dollar store or Wal-Mart) and see if they have more rugged bulbs. You're likely to find good ones with guarantees.

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