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Old 04-22-2017, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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It's an apartment and most of the problems were happening with lamps plugged into an extension lead. I am not using that any more just to see if this eliminates the problem. And yes the whole lamp would stop working not just the bulb blowing up.

So it was 5 lamps that got destroyed not just 5 bulbs. They had a mix of incandescent bulbs from different manufacturers.
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Old 04-22-2017, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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It's an apartment and most of the problems were happening with lamps plugged into an extension lead. I am not using that any more just to see if this eliminates the problem. And yes the whole lamp would stop working not just the bulb blowing up.

So it was 5 lamps that got destroyed not just 5 bulbs. They had a mix of incandescent bulbs from different manufacturers.
Throw away the extension lead. Buy one that is thicker.
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Old 04-24-2017, 07:40 PM
 
Location: NW NJ & SE Oahu
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Well, incandescent bulbs can have their lives dramatically shortened by jostling/bumping. And, other than checking the lamp's wiring with a ohmmeter, who knows why it might just decide to stop working....

Can you post a photo of the lamp and maybe a bulb or two?
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Old 05-20-2017, 10:59 AM
 
Location: peace valley
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unplug the lamp, take the blub out look at the center of the socket see if it looks discolored or burnt. If it is the socket is bad and over heating the bulb.Making the blub fail.
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Old 05-20-2017, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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Let us go through it.

Extension cords cause fires particularly if overloaded or damaged. They do not generally damage incandescent or CFL bulbs or the lamp. There is no obvious mechanism that would do that.

The lamp. OP says the lamp has failed. Where? Lamps functionally consist of a plug, a two wire lead, a switch, another lead and a socket. Where is the failure? Note the socket and switch may be combined into a single unit. this is easy to diagnose though you need someone with basic electric skills.

Were these all exactly the same lamp?

The bulb failure sound like defective bulbs or an over voltage. Could be in an older building or a rural area. Can be found but requires some specific equipment. Would normally appear on things other than just the lamp so unlikely.

Bulbs can go short in failure and blow something else particularly fused plugs and such. For this to happen I would expect the bulbs and lamp to be a set bought together. A lot of bad bulbs taking out a fused plug. This however is not in keeping with a CFL bulb failing.
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