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Light kit has light bulb size that I cannot find bulbs for

This is not one of your catagory choices, so I didn't know what to do. CEILING FAN QUESTION: A couple of months ago, I bought at Home Depot and had a friend install, three of the Hampton Bay Classic Collection Huntington III 52" ceiling fans in antique brass. It came with a light kit including the four light bulbs. Now I discover that the light bulb bases are a totally weird size....between regular base bulbs and candelabra base bulbs. They are 40 watt and very fragile and 3 have shattered when they simply are touched. I cannot find the bulbs anywhere. It was stupid of Hampton Bay to use these light bulbs. I want to replace the light kits with light kits that use regular size light bulb bases, 4 bulbs, 60 watts each. I think Hampton Bay should do this for free. Any suggestions? Thank you, Melanie Patton 770-822-9226

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  • mpatton123 May 25, 2009

    Hi Sirwriter, 
    Thank you for your fast answer! Your answer was helpful but didn't solve my problem yet.  My main complaint is the base size of the bulbs.  They are between a regular base size and a candelabra base size.  I am 50 years old and I have never seen any bulbs like this.  They are not ceiling fan light bulbs that I have seen.  I have been to three Home Depots, Lowe's, Wal-mart, etc. and looked on and other internet sites, all with no luck.  The ceiling fan came with the bulbs.  In the instruction booklet and on the box it just says "four light bulbs, 40 watts" with NO description of base size, etc.  

    I do not want to hassle with searching for these bulbs for the whole  life of the ceiling fan, especially since I have three of them installed.  I want Hampton Bay to give me three replacement light kits in antique brass with four bulbs each, 60 watts, regular size base.  Any suggestions?  

    Thank you very much,



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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.


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  • Dan Todd May 26, 2009

    Hi Melanie,

    I think if you get the address of the headquarters of customer service for Home Depot and tell them what you just told me in this letter, they would most likely give you a store credit for the purchase price of three 60 watt regular base bulbs. You may consider the globe style instead of the candelabra, which would put as much light as the original lights that came with the fan.

    I am not sure the fan is wired strongly enough for the four 60 watt bulbs, it is more likely they would have 2 or 3, unless you were willing to accept four forty watt bulbs with a regular base.

    I would explain to them that when you bought these, you didn't see the size of them. I have found them to be pretty accomodating in instances like this one. Failing a favorable response from them, your only recourse would be either to take the entire fan with lights down, all three and return them.

    There is only one other way you could do this, and that would be to go to the Hampton Bay site and get the item number of the bulbs and order enough to store some so that you won't have to go looking for them.

    There is not an easy solution, is there? Please keep me informed.




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