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Minka cirque ceiling fan burns bulbs when replaced

Exactly the same as following: I have a minka cirque. Every time I put a new bulb in and turn the light on, the bulb blows. I've tried a different switch with no change. I don't see any connecting wiring issues. Fan worked well for 2 years before problem appeared. Electrical feed supplies fan in second room as well and when the fan with the problem is swittched on, the fan in the second room doesn't work. Sounds like a short. Any idea where it may be occuring and how to trouble shoot?

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  • cordovacrist Dec 19, 2008

    Any idea where it may be occuring and how to trouble shoot? Should we rewire the whole thing. How can the problem be isolated?

  • cordovacrist Dec 19, 2008

    I turned fan off, even breaker. Then I install bulb, turn power on, turn on light/fan----light blows fan works fine.????!!!

  • cordovacrist Dec 19, 2008

    Very helpful! Thanks

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Is your fan on every time the bulb blows?

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  • Jerry Parmanand Dec 19, 2008

    There are a few reasons bulbs can blow, the major one being cheaper bulbs. The elements in cheap bulbs are much thinner and any surge of power, however slight, simply breaks them. Always go for expensive light bulbs, its cheaper in the long run.

    A loose connection in the lamp holder can also cause bulbs to blow. This is because the circuit is not completed as tightly as it could be and the electricity may have cause to "arc" or jump across the contact, rather than simply flowing through it. When this happens it produces more heat in the fitting than is expected or catered for by the bulb, and the bulb can blow.



    The same can happen if the spring loaded connection in the bulb holder is slightly loose. This will cause electricity to arc across the contact, cause too much heat and blow the bulb. This can very often be diagnosed by looking at the contact on the bottom of the bulb to see if it is pitted. Arcing electricity effectively melts the metal it is arcing onto ( This is how arc welding works) so if the bulb contact is being subjected to arcing, tiny little indentations occur, called pitting.

    It is sometimes possible, if the live connection in your light switch is a little loos, for this to happen here also. Heat will be generated and it is possible, though very very remote, for the bulb to blow as a result of this.

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That means that there is a short, check the wiring to the ciling and wiring into the rotating bearings.

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    Ginko Dec 19, 2008

    If the bulb blows while fan is rotating, check the wirings inside the fan , and wirings going to the ceiling, as in this case the short is caused by fan moving and vibrating.
    If the bulb blows immediately when you turn the switch on, check wiring into the switch.


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