Intermittent House Lights?

A few days ago, I flipped the switch in the hallway to turn on the hall light. The bulb flashed and went out. I got a new lightbulb and went to change the one that had burned out, but when I started to unscrew the burned out bulb, it came back and worked. I figured it had just become loose. The light worked for 2 days and went out again. I was going to try to change the bulb again, but I dropped the new bulb and smashed it and haven't gone to the store to buy a new one yet. It doesn't work at all.

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This afternoon, I was in the kitchen and I noticed the light (on the ceiling) was flickering. I turned it off and forgot about it until a short time ago when I entered the kitchen. I turned the switch on, but the light didn't work. I checked the fuse box and everything is OK. (The hallway light/ceiling light arent on the same switch.) Is this a sign that my electrical wiring throughout the house is going bad?

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October 19, 20150 found this helpful

I do not know if your lamps are CFL, LED or incandescent, but I have experienced this issue with CFL lamps, and a new one takes care of the problem. Make sure the packaging does not restrict orientation of the lamp.

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I doubt that your home wiring would be causing the issue, but an electrician could let you know for sure. What shortens the life of lamps are voltage spikes, which are more common than you'd think. These spikes can be caused at the utility level by opening or closing switches feeding an area of the city. There is even a whole house surge suppressor offered which mounts on your power panel and prevents transient voltages from damaging your electrical / electronic loads if this continues to be a problem.

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