So before I got chickies I had 2 heat lamps for puppies already, but with white lights. So I got the red heat lamps as suggested for the chickies. One red lamp burned out within 2 days. The other bulb lasted about 5 days. My white lamps have lasted for over a year used intermittently but for weeks during the winter. So do the red bulbs really burn out that quickly? They are 250 watt just like the white bulbs are.