Appliance light bulbs are one of a kind – they can withstand extreme temperatures for hours, and surprise – they will loyally switch on for you the next time you need to cook or bake something. There are different kinds of appliance lights. The hardiest of them is probably the oven light (for obvious reasons).
If you have been using an oven for years (or decades) now, you probably already know that the oven light blows the fastest among the many components. People who don’t want to replace their oven lights frequently tend to ask – can you use an oven without a bulb cover?
An oven bulb suddenly blowing is often rooted in a loose connection in the lamp fixture. The risk is higher for older ovens. If a bulb does not fit snugly into the housing, the electrical current must leap or “arc” to establish contact instead of flowing through a physical connection. Arcing electricity can generate a ton of heat that will blow most bulbs. A licensed technician will need to replace or repair the light fixture.
Do Oven Lights Burn Out?
Yes, oven lights can either burn out or blow, just like any other light fixture. However, there’s a higher risk of them blowing out because of the harsh environment – specifically, their prolonged exposure to high temperatures while using the oven. This applies to appliance bulbs in both electric and gas ranges.
There are other potential reasons why an oven light would burn out:
- If you’ve replaced several light bulbs with the same make, model, and spec, the problem could be with the bulb rather than the oven. Make sure you’re just utilizing the type of bulb that your appliance’s user handbook recommends. The correct wattage, connections, measurements, and a specific designation indicating a bulb is rated for appliance use are all critical. In an oven, a bulb that isn’t rated for use in the range will not live long!
- Blowing oven lights regularly could be a sign of a more significant electrical problem, such as a problem with the appliance’s motherboard, the electrical supply, or even a problem with your home’s wiring. Turn off the oven’s power source and call a professional if you feel something is wrong.
- If you don’t know how to replace an oven light or aren’t sure what the problem is, all you have to do is schedule an appointment with a local expert. They are generally able to resolve the issue on the first visit.
How Long Should Oven Light Bulbs Last?
Light bulbs don’t last forever, and incandescent bulbs have a lifespan of roughly 900 hours. Based on an eight-hour-per-day usage, a bulb should last approximately four months. Although the bulbs are designed to last longer, this is not always the case. Based on an eight-hour-per-day usage, a bulb should last roughly four months.
Although the bulbs are designed to last longer, this is not always the case. There are various reasons why a light bulb quickly burns out: The power supply voltage may be too high.
Bulbs may be loose or incorrectly attached. In addition, the filament may be breaking due to excessive vibration. Many ovens call for 15-watt tubular halogen bulbs, while others call for a 40-watt appliance bulb. Microwave ovens typically require a T7 microwave light bulb that is 25 watts.
Why Do Lights Burn Out Quickly?
Blowing oven bulbs is frequently caused by looseness in the fixture. This often happens when you hit the institution as you pull out pans or trays. Older ovens will blow light bulbs more frequently.
If you want to replace your oven light yourself, follow these steps:
- Make sure it’s the bulb that’s the issue. Even if the light does not turn on, this does not rule out the possibility of a burned-out bulb.
- Purchase the (correct) bulb.
- Allow the oven to cool totally before removing the plug from the socket.
- Inside the oven, look for the light bulb.
- Remove the clips and unscrew the screws.
- Install the new bulb.
Never leave a live empty socket for safety reasons unless a guard protects it. It is preferable to leave the old bulb in place. There could also be a problem if your thermostat light is blinking sporadically.
The oven indicator light turns off as the thermostat requires more heat to maintain the set temperature. A sound can be heard as the burner begins to heat the oven. If the oven door is opened, the range may immediately call for more heat.
What Can Cause Light Bulbs to Keep Blowing?
Bulb blowing can also be caused by a loose connection in the lamp holder. If the bulb holder’s spring-loaded connection is somewhat flexible, the same thing can happen. This will generate an arc of electricity across the contact, causing excessive heat and blowing the bulb.
The voltage in your home is too high, which is the most dangerous reason your light bulbs are constantly burning out. If you observe that many light bulbs in different parts of your house are burning out simultaneously, it could be an indication that the voltage in your home is too high for your electrical wiring to manage.
To work in an oven, you’ll need a specific light bulb. The light bulb will be made to withstand the extreme temperatures generated inside a range.
We recommend using a trusted brand like Samsung, Osram, or Crompton Lamps to replace an oven bulb because you’ll know you’re getting a quality product. A halogen or incandescent light bulb may be relied on to work up to 300°C and suit many various brands of household ovens and rotisseries due to the high temperature created inside a range.
Halogen light bulbs are constructed of quartz glass, which can withstand the high temperatures of an oven, and they are built with heat-resistant components for long-lasting performance.
LED light bulbs do not have the heat resistance of a specialty light bulb meant to function in high temperatures such as those found in an oven. Therefore, a halogen or incandescent light bulb explicitly built for this purpose is recommended.