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What's a good oven light bulb ?
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Post# 952557   8/11/2017 at 03:41 (341 days old) by Ajc31980 (Windber PA)        

Hi all
I was wondering if anyone would have any thoughts on a good long lasting oven light bulb ? I've been buying GE and Phillips light bulbs for my frigidaire flair. I'd say... roughly .. every 3 months my ovens seem to need new bubs . I've check the wiring and the voltage. And every thing check ok on the oven light . Just seems to go through a lot of light bulbs in both the small and large oven. Do they just not make alliance bulbs like they use to ? It's been a mix of the 2 things. The bulb simply blows out or it becomes detached from the threads . I've never had this problem before owning my flair. I'm thinking maybe it's the layout of the oven and the light ? Figuring that the light is in the top of the oven right in the middle of the broiler element, the bulb is subjected to extreme heat when broiling. With that said .... my mother doesn't seem to have this issue with her flair. But then again the bulb in her flair probably hasn't been changed in close to 30 years .. lol maybe it was a better bulb ?

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Post# 952563 , Reply# 1   8/11/2017 at 05:44 (341 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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Are you using the correct type of bulb?

Our ovens in the UK use a pygmy type bulb, specifically made for use in ovens. Normal bulbs are not suitable.

Post# 952568 , Reply# 2   8/11/2017 at 07:11 (341 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Oven Bulbs For FD Flair Ovens

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Those should be good bulbs, do your ovens still have the glass cover for the oven lights ?, if not the glue that holds the base on the glass bulb may fail.


John L.

Post# 952569 , Reply# 3   8/11/2017 at 07:12 (341 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Oven Bulbs For FD Flair Ovens

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Those should be good bulbs, do your ovens still have the glass cover for the oven lights ?, if not the glue that holds the base on the glass bulb may fail.


John L.

Post# 952573 , Reply# 4   8/11/2017 at 07:53 (341 days old) by dermacie (my forever home (Glenshaw, PA))        

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I don't think the quality of light bulbs in general are that well anymore. I also have changed my oven bulb 3x in the last 5 years. My oven isn't vintage either.

Post# 952581 , Reply# 5   8/11/2017 at 09:20 (341 days old) by Ajc31980 (Windber PA)        
Correct bulb type

Hi rolls
Yes the bulbs are rated for oven use.

Post# 952582 , Reply# 6   8/11/2017 at 09:24 (341 days old) by Ajc31980 (Windber PA)        

Hi combo
Yes both glass covers are still in place in both oven

Post# 952584 , Reply# 7   8/11/2017 at 09:31 (341 days old) by Ajc31980 (Windber PA)        

Hi dermacie
I totally agree. My previous stove was a late 1980 early 90s white Westinghouse. I never changed the bulb once in 10 years of use. It's like that saying ...... they just don't make things like they use to..

Post# 952596 , Reply# 8   8/11/2017 at 12:42 (341 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I've had two appliance sized GE bulbs fail in a plain outdoor light fixture, each in a matter of months.


I blame the bulbs.  A "rough service" bulb would probably solve your problem, but I've never seen one in the smaller size required for most appliances.

Post# 952620 , Reply# 9   8/11/2017 at 16:38 (340 days old) by cadman (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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This sounds odd, but I make it a habit to grab the appliance bulbs out of the older fridges and ovens that are headed for the scrapper...or are already at the scrapper waiting for processing. These tend to be older, higher quality, US built bulbs.

Post# 952627 , Reply# 10   8/11/2017 at 17:49 (340 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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I do the same thing.

Post# 952634 , Reply# 11   8/11/2017 at 22:16 (340 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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My parents have a 1985 Hotpoint self cleaning range and I'm not sure they have ever replaced the oven light bulb in 22 years, it may still have the original bulb from 1985!

I remember back in 2007, I took the light fixture on the side of the house down to repaint it while we were painting the house. I figured I might as well replace the bulb while I had it down, seeing as it had never been changed and could fail soon. Well, the new bulb went out shortly after I put it back up. Should have just left the old one in place.

Post# 952663 , Reply# 12   8/12/2017 at 13:22 (340 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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The outside back deck light fixture at my sisters house has the original bulb in it from 1977.

Post# 952671 , Reply# 13   8/12/2017 at 15:59 (339 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

You might try contacting this company to see if their products are suitable for use in an oven.


Post# 952750 , Reply# 14   8/13/2017 at 13:31 (339 days old) by realvanman (Southern California)        
Aero-Tech experience...

Several years ago, back when the know-it-all, big-brother-minded politicians decided that we were no longer able to make our own decisions as to what kind of lightbulbs to use, I discovered this company.

I ordered a box of six bug light bulbs for the outdoor fixtures at my mom's house. She has six fixtures that get used, so I planned on swapping in the Aero-Tech bulbs as the crappy bulbs failed, then she'd never have to worry about them again. HA! Not quite so.

It turned out that all six of them got used up before ANY of the other five EXISTING bulbs failed!!

I realize that this was likely a bad batch, and without question I should have called them, but you know how things get shoved on to the back burner.

Being rated for 20,000 hours, they are, of course, very dim. I'd estimate that these 60 watt bulbs are about like an ordinary 25 watt bulb in terms of output. Fine for an oven light though.


Post# 952819 , Reply# 15   8/14/2017 at 00:22 (338 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

I thought the Aero-Techs would be somewhat of an end all be all solution to my grandmas lamp post and range hood light that would burn out frequently using regular appliance bulbs. So I got a pack of 60 watt bulbs for the hood and a pack of 100's for the lamp post. I think the longest I got out of them was 5 months of continuous on time. We still used them in the hood since they still burned out less frequently than the cheap bulbs, and I think later on they did last nearly a year of being on continuously. But still at a 20,000 hour rated life they should've lasted just under 2.5 years of constant on time.

I also had one of their 25 watt CFL's in the lamp post at home on a photo eye, installed it in April 2012 and it died September 2015. I calculated the actual run time of that bulb to be somewhere around 22,000 hours, and it was rated for 15,000. Now I have one of those 23 watt Home Depot house brand CFL's in there made by TCP that hasn't given up the ghost yet and we're coming up on two years. It would be funny if the cheap TCP bulb ends up outlasting the pricier Aero Tech.

Post# 952876 , Reply# 16   8/14/2017 at 12:28 (338 days old) by Ajc31980 (Windber PA)        

Hi all
Aero-tech doesn't seem to have any A15 appliances bulbs on there site. Unless I'm just not seeing them? I don't think I can get away putting a standard size bulb in my oven. It's a tight spot. Thanks for the links and suggestions though

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