Why is your light bulb popping?

This is how you can prevent it

The desire for different lighting requires different light bulbs. We have collected the 5 most frequent reasons why the light bulb may pop - but first: To understand the functions of the light bulbs, we explain briefly and comprehensibly below how the different light bulbs work.


An incandescent light bulb sends current through a metal wire, which forms electrical resistance, and thus heat is generated, which creates light. The glass outside the filament is empty of air and instead filled with the substance argon, which, together with the electrical resistance, helps to form the electromagnetic energy from which the light is created. The incandescent light bulb has a high energy consumption, which is why you can expect it to have a shorter lifespan than the energy-saving and LED light bulbs.


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An LED light bulb does not have a metal wire that burns in the same way as an incandescent light bulb. Instead, this light bulb consists of electrical diodes, which convert energy into light. Diodes consist of a plate with extra electrons on one side and a smaller number of electrons on the other. When the electrons move towards the side with the smaller number of electrons and further towards the positive pole, they will lose energy. This energy is converted into light energy, which results in light coming into the LED light bulb. This light bulb is sustainable and long-lasting, which is both an advantage for the environment and your wallet.



An energy saving light bulb works in the same way as a fluorescent tube. This becomes functional because fluorescent light powder in the glass bulb is hit by electric charges and thereby creates light in the bulb. As the name suggests, an energy saving bulb uses less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs. It is therefore more energy-friendly - and, like the LED light bulb, good for your finances.



There can be many different reasons why light bulbs pop. As promised, we have collected the 5 most frequent reasons:


  1. Loose connection between socket and light bulb

A loose connection between socket and the light bulb can cause the electrons to jump from point A to B instead of just flowing through. In this way, too much heat is generated, and the light bulb can burst. The solution to this problem is for you to tighten the bulb well and thoroughly so that it sits properly in the socket.


  1. Watt limit exceeded

Light bulbs have a wattage limit. If this limit is exceeded, the fixture will overheat, and the bulb will blow. The solution is that you always check the maximum watt limit on your light bulb and make sure not to go over this number.


  1. Oiled or greasy hands

If oil or grease is left on a light bulb, it can get hot and cause cracks. This is especially true with incandescent and halogen light bulbs, as they can get really hot. To be sure not to leave oil, grease, or something like that on the light bulb, you can put on gloves. If you use LED bulbs, this is usually not necessary, as this type of light bulb produces very little heat.


  1. Defective parts

If there is a part of the light bulb that is defective, it can result in a blown bulb. It can be the plinth, the metal wire, the glass, or something else entirely. Either way, the solution is simply to buy a new light bulb that works as it should.


  1. 'Expired' light bulb

Light bulbs may also be expired. 'Seriously?', you might think. But yes, light bulbs can get too old. This problem often occurs with incandescent light bulbs, as they do not last as long as other types of light bulbs. If you use incandescent light bulbs, you should change them approximately once a year to avoid this problem.



Avoid replacing a blown light bulb too often - follow these simple tips:

  • Switch off the light and wait until the lamp has cooled down before inserting a new light bulb.
  • Always have a light grip on the light bulb.
  • Use gloves.
  • Always keep the light bulb away from water.

These few tips can help to create a longer life for your light bulbs. And if you want a more durable and sustainable solution, we always recommend the LED or energy saving bulbs.

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