Over the course of 2 weeks, all 7 of the CFL floodlights in my kitchen burned out. They were purchased at different times and so I don’t think it is a cluster phenomenon. The lights are tied to a dimmer and I know that CFLs don’t play nice with dimmers - these in particular do not dim. The landlord had an electrician/handyman (so I don’t think a real electrician) over and he said the problem was that I need CFLs that work with a dimmer switch. I suggested that they get rid of the dimmer but the landlord wants to leave it. I tend to be an empiricist so all of them burning out over 2 weeks but at different ages (some on this switch for over a year), the incandescent bulbs burning out in the bathroom around the same time (which I told the landlord) and the incandescent bulb they left on to show me the kitchen lights worked burning out the next time I turned it on tell me this ain’t no wrong CFL on a dimmer switch issue.
Will having non-dimmer CFLs on a dimmer switch burn them out?
Does their dimmer theory even make sense given the different ages of the bulbs?
My theory is the voltage is too high - maybe 130V. I have to hunt up my voltmeter but in the meanwhile, would that cause premature bulb burn out? If so how quickly?
Does my “high voltage theory” make sense if the bathroom and kitchen are different circuits? If so does that imply the whole house is over-voltaged?
Can a household circuit even be over-voltaged?