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Author Topic: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week  (Read 9675 times)

rob

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socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« on: December 09, 2005, 02:49:59 PM »

I keep blowing regular bulbs in a socket
rocket seems like every week or so....

Help!
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Brian H

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2005, 03:05:24 PM »

I had the other problem. A bulb blowing out
would short the socket rocket. Making it
useless as the bulb was always on. Is the
setup in question in a particularly harsh
environment? Regular type bulbs?
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Fredric

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2005, 03:45:55 PM »

Given the design of the bulbs, I'm at a loss
to explain it. I can't see how the SR would
effect power, or affect bulb life.

All I can suggest is testing without the
socket rocket, or a different bulb for that
environment.
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rob

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2005, 04:07:36 PM »

Just outside near my front door in new
jersey. I had regular bulbs in there before
I used the SR, so its got to be the Sr but
can't figure out how its affecting bulb life
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x10 nut

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2005, 11:46:07 PM »

Is the Socket Rocket rated for outdoor use?
If this is for an outdoor fixture, I would
guess that you have a switch inside. Why not
install an X10 switch in place of your
standard switch? It would then be inside,
and protected, and you will still have X10
control.
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Brian H

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2005, 07:54:06 AM »

X10Nut; Documentetion is fuzzy. Kind of
implies that outside is OK if not in direct
weather and pointed down so the rubber
gasket is near the top. I recently saw
another post here where the temperature made
the socket rocket flaky and it was not too
cold. I believe X10 uses parts that are
rated for no lower than 32 degrees F. If one
of the X10 brand Troubleshooting Manuals is
correct.
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Fredric

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2005, 12:52:39 PM »

Haveing played around with the Socket
Rocket, I don't think I'd put it in cold
weather.  It dosen't strike me as that
robust.

I'm not sure putting the bulb in the frig
for a while, then testing it, would be a
good idea.
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rob

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2005, 10:19:38 AM »

Can't use an X10 switch because I have a
double switch panel, one for the outside
lights and one controls the chandelier...
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x10 nut

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2005, 11:08:38 AM »

Rob,

What do you mean by a double switch panel? I
have a triple switch panel (3-gang box with
3 switches in it). I have 2 standard
switches for inside lights and one x10
switch for my outside lights. Installs/Works
just fine for several years now.

If you have a duplex switch (1-gang box with
2 switches double-stacked), then you're
right, there's nothing you can do. Except
maybe you could put one of the in-box
modules in the outdoor fixture's box.
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rob

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2005, 01:22:05 PM »

"If you have a duplex switch (1-gang box
with  2 switches double-stacked), then
you're  right, there's nothing you can do.
Except  maybe you could put one of the in-
box  modules in the outdoor fixture's box."

X10 Nut, thats exactly what I have....
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x10 nut

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Re: socket rocket blowing bulbs every week
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2005, 10:00:45 PM »

Rob,

Here is a link to the smarthome website.
These are the inline modules I mentioned.
http://www.smarthome.com/2250aw.html

this one is a relay switch. there are
dimming versions available too. There might
be a link to the dimming version at the
bottom of the page.
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