Electrical Wiring in the Home/Bulbs keep fusing


Hi - we bought a home built in 1978 about six months ago. Since then, 8 bulbs have fused in various area - all but one were in can/recessed lights. With one, it was a bit strange - the bulb was not switching on for several months but suddenly it has started to switch on - it is in one switch with three other bulbs in a bathroom. I am wondering if there is some sort of electrical wiring or other issue that I should get inspected. Questions: can I do any of the checks myself? I am a complete novice. 2. How should I go about looking for an inspector if I cannot do this myself. I am afraid of bringing in an electrician who may overstate the issues so as to get work from me.

Thanks a ton!

Hi NR,

Your home is 30 years old. What have you done ti up date your electrical system since then? Think about what electrical devices were used in 1978. For perspective the Atari 2600 is a video game console released in October 1977.

For a 30 year old home I think you should hire an electrician to
1. Replace your fuse box
2. Replace the light switches and outlets.
3. look to see if you need additional circuits and outlets.

You should not fear bring in an electrician. We are here to help you use your home better and safely. The fusing light could be a sign of over used electric. This could be an issue that is putting your family at risk.
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