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CFL bulbs won't work in ceiling fan?

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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  • wraith0127 Mar 08, 2009

    Nope, no dimmer switch on this circuit. Simple on/off switch on the fan itself and on the wall with separate wall switches for the fan and the lights.

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They should all work. The only problem might be if they are connected via dimmer. Dimmers and CFL does not work together.

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  • Arcticmarine Nov 23, 2010

    I know this is a long shot, but we are experiencing the same problem, the fan has 4 sockets and 3/4 work fine with cfls. The 4th socket works with the old bulb and placing a known good cfl from one of the other sockets does not work. Were you able to resolve this issue?

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