I just made a remark that "they don't make em' the way they used to" while changing a light bulb. I never remember having as many bulbs burn out on me as the last several months. I wouldn't rule out voltage irregularities, but I also notice that they all seem to burn out at around the same time. Some of them I leave on constantly, and don't often seem to need replacement, but the ones that I turn on and off all time all go out within a few days of each other.
I guarantee that with all of our equipment and gadgets, the #1 thing that damages them the most is turning them on and off. And light bulbs operate on the principle of supplying a high amount of energy to a filament that is operating above its recommended tolerances within a vacuum, and causing a chemical reaction that causes intense energy displacement that is then diffused as what we know as light. It's a high risk proposition that requires demanding specs, and in today's consumer-driven economy, the market is so competitive for the low-end light bulbs that they know they could basically shit in the box, and we would buy it as long as it was the cheapest and if it looked like a lightbulb.
My question, is should I start buying the name brand bulbs? I already decided that I will never save money on shoes or toilet paper, and I wonder if it is a good decision to add light bulbs to the list?