Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post

You can put a Diode in series with a Incandescent bulb and they will last much longer at a reduced light output. The filament don't get as stressed from ON/OFF cycles.
That reminds me of one of my old screen names; DIMWIT

OOOOOR, you could use a dimmer and keep it on low setting, then turn it up after you switch it on.