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Eaglefrenzy

10:10PM | 09/03/06
Member Since: 09/03/06
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The previous thread is completely missing.

My ceiling fan goes through about a bulb a week on average. It also flickers when first turned on for about 15 to 20 seconds. There are no apparent fan problems whatsoever. I tripped the circuit breaker and did a minor/preliminary disassembly of the shroud, and did not see anything loose or burnt around the exposed light fixture.

On a side note, the light bulbs shine bright and steady after the first 20 seconds of flickering, and ALWAYS blow upon initially being turned on.

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Tom O

04:09AM | 09/04/06
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Is your fan/light operated from a wireless remote that includes a dimming function? If so, the problem could be in the receiver. Did this problem just recently start or has it been going on since the fan was installed?

If you're controlling the light with a wall switch, there could be a loose connection at the switch or a bad switch.

Incandescent light bulbs usualy blow when they are first turned on due to the high inrush current caused by the cold filament. If I'm not mistaken, there are lamps available that are specifically made for use with paddle fans, this may solve the short life problem.

Tom

Billhart

05:05AM | 09/04/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Yes, there are special bulbs made for fan. They have extra support for the filament.

However, they are to keep the bulbs from early failure caused by the vibration from the fan running.

However, that does not appear to be the case here.

It sounds like a bad socket or electrical connection someplace.

The most common place is the center tap on the socket.

TURN THE BREAKER OFF. The switch might be mis wired and if it uses a remote there might be some leakage current.

Then bend out the center tab.

If that does not fix it you might have to replace the socket or the light fitter.

But the flicker in is caused by a bad connection with internal arcing. That arcing produces heat which inturn shortens the life of the bulb (and also the light fixture).


Eaglefrenzy

07:34AM | 09/07/06
Member Since: 09/03/06
2 lifetime posts
Even though I disassembled the shroud and took the socket out, I had actually never looked INSIDE the soket. There was no evidence of arcing outside, but there was inside, and it had melted away part of the tab. I bought a replacement at Lowes that was almost identical, and it worked like a charm.

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