I recently bought the compact florescent light bulbs from Home Depot and tried replacing the burned out bulbs in my ceiling fan. There are 3 bulbs per fan and 2/3 work fine, but the third never works. I've tried moving the position of the bulb with one I just saw working and it doesn't work in that one socket. It's not the socket because when I replace that one bulb with an original incandecent bulb, all of them work fine. I made sure when buying the CFL bulbs that they were the exact replacement equivelant (60w-60w=13wCFL) with the correct base (intermediate [newest base type, very rare]). Any ideas why this happens? Is it because they are running in parallel or series and they're not getting the power they need?
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Tina - I just tried to find this bulb for one of my customers. Amazon had a bulb listed with a photo of the VIVA PBCFS1370 bulb. If you read the comments - someone said they sent a Levitron bulb which does not fit. I think you are stuck going back to where you bought the Hunter fan (I assume big box store) or to Hunter directly. A regular 13W GU24 bulb seems to be slightly too wide to fit in the fan. Hunter's part number is 6755101000 and they were $12 each - but that is in the USA. Isn't that a nuisance!
This links to Amazon site - appears to be wrong bulb:
Simply use regular bulbs. It sounds like it is switched electronically probably via a dimmer. If the CFL lamps are not specifically labeled dimmable they won't work. I have seen the LED lights work where the CFL lamps will not. If you want to use CFL then replace the dimmer.
probably burnt the electric feed wire off the light bulb socket. you will have 2 find the circuit breaker to the fan/light and turn the breaker off & then take the light section of the ceiling fan apart & look at the socket for a burnt off wire. you will need diagonal cutters to cut off the wire section with burnt insulation and wire strippers to stripe off the insulation, about 3/4 of an inch. you might be able to reconnect the wire to the light bulb socket if the socket has screw terminals but some sockets have solder terminals and require you to be able to solder the wire back on with an electric soldering gun, which cost between $12.00 to $ 30.00 you could see the cost of the tools at amazon.com also need solder and soldering flux at radio shack,home depot amazon.com or lowes.com If you need to add an extra length of wire you can connect it with wire nus from home depot. home depot sells books on lamp repair and on electrical repair or borrow the book from the library.amazon .com may even have used books on lamp repair and home electric repair for sale at 1/2 price or less.
It is not a ceiling fan or wiring problem. It is your bulbs. Normal CFL bulbs do not work in dimmers or with remotes. Remotes work on RF signals and cause interference with the bulbs. You may also notice a buzzing sound and the lights may not go out when you turn off the switch. It is a fire hazard, can invalidate your warranty on the bulbs and will shorten their life. Try changing the bulbs to the new dimmable CFL's and see if it helps. It should eliminate your problem altogether.
Melanie, you must have gotten a bad batch of bulbs. I have installed over 100 Hampton Bay ceiling fans and I have dropped them from up the ladder and have them bounce across the floor with no damage. I think they must have allowed a substandard batch to go out.
Home Depot is where I buy my replacement bulbs. Hampton Bay make fans exclusively for HD.
You can easily change lighting bases, as the wiring is the same for all Hampton Bay. You may even appeal to Hampton Bay on the internet and they might send you the kits. But I don't think you'd have success in a store.
If you try replacing them with bulbs from another Home Depot you may find them much hardier. I wish you the best of luck, and if you need additional help please write back.
Use bulbs specifically designed for ceiling fans - they say "ceiling fan" on the package (Home Depot, Lowes both carry). The slightest regular vibration (like a fan rotating) causes normal incandescent elements to burn out within days or weeks.
If you wired black to black, white to white and green or bare to ground, you wired it right. Sometimes there are two blacks (hots) one for the light and one for the fan, but most of the time you hook the light wiring parallel to the fan wiring unless you install a remote switch.
For Hampton Bay ceiling fan replacement parts!!!
There is a a major ceiling fan manufacturer in Fort Lauderdale FL called King of Fans (website: kingoffans.com) that deals strictly with Hampton Bay ceiling fans & parts. They are the Home Depot distributor for Hampton Bay ceiling fans. Their number is 1-800-330-3267. There is also a 1-877-527-0313 number for Hampton Bay products other than ceiling fans...
Try REVEAL brand DOUBLE LIFE ceiling fan light bulbs, available from HOME DEPOT. The filament in those bulbs is much thicker than any others, and the one I installed on my own Sears GDO has lasted 3 months so far, compared to one week for others I have tried.