Can you help me in choosing a sentence that is most professional in technology

  1. The lamp went out.
  2. The lamp died.
  3. The lamp was not working.
  4. The lamp was out of order.
  5. The lamp burned out.

Thank you for you help

  • The Lamp went out to dinner? pun intended. I think 3 and 4 sounds more professional to me, but I am no tech guy.
    – Usernew
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 9:29
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    What's your profession? Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 10:26
  • @StoneyB mine or his?
    – Usernew
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 13:22
  • 'What kind of lamp' could also be vital to the answer. Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 13:27
  • @Usernew OP's profession. In some professions "lamp" has a narrow technical meaning which would only be appropriate in #1 or #5. Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 13:51

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The lamp went out - seems okay. Especially in the context of 'light', 'go out' means light goes out making it dark.
The lamp died - seems okay. However, it's more used when machines stops working.
The lamp wasn't working - okay and natural
The lamp was out of order - okay. However, more frequently used for devices and machines
The lamp burned out - okay but used more when we mean to say that something has stopped burning because of lack of fuel.

My personal choice:

Option 3 if you mean 'lamp' like this.

Option 5 if your lamp is like this.

Note: Third and fourth option would mean that the event of lamp fusing out had already happened. On the other hand, rest of the options may mean the action happened as you noticed. It all depends on the context.

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    "burned out" is common in the US - it indicates the filament in the lightbulb burned through, so it no longer carries a current. Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 10:59
  • In InE, I'd refer it as a 'fused bulb/lamp' then. @StoneyB
    – Maulik V
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 11:23

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