Question about Hampton Bay 52 In. Black Huntington III with Quick Install Fan
I installed a new ceiling fan. It has 4 60-watt incandescent candelabra bulbs and I've replaced each bulb one or two times. They blow out after only a few hours use, and since I've gone through more than one package of bulbs I don't think it a matter of a defective batch of bulbs. The bulbs are are the maximum wattage the fan specs call for and they are open to air circulation. The house is brand new and pre-wired by a major builder (Pulte) who should have the wiring down pat. One wall switch works the fan, and one works the light kit via a dimmer (slider) and on/off toggle combo. Both the fan and light switches seem to work. I do keep the dimmer on max for maximum illumination but wouldn't think more current gets delivered than the bulbs draw(?) The fan was a floor model at Home Depot and it worked fine in the store and was lit up there (they even gave me the initial set of bulbs). I'm not popping any circuit breaker. I'm at a complete loss and would appreciate any help or insight to what the problem is or how to isolate the cause.
(I'm not actually sure of the model number of the fan, so I guessed at the product description to pass the system check. I don't think it matters.)
Looks like some kind of high voltage problem. The smart thing to do would be to install a fuse that can withstand 220-230volts(the max that a bulb can take) in the circuit between the fan and the bulb.The fuse should blow out if it crosses 245V the. If it blows out then it out indicates any high voltage problems. I would put my money on bad wiring though..
Posted on Mar 14, 2008
"The only things I know of that cause bulbs to blow are, defective
product, has been used its average life span, over voltage, heat and
The implication is that this has happened repeatedly so defective product is unlikely.
If it had lasted its normal life span you would not be asking the question.
Over voltage is out because the switch is off.
Heat is out because the the bulb is not burning when it blows.
That leaves vibration. Some types of candelabrum bulbs seem to quite sensitive.
What's above the ceiling The tink you hear is the filament breaking This most often happens when the bulb is hot. Very unusual to break when cold unless dropped or mistreated.
Don't see a fire hazard because switch is off."
Posted on Mar 14, 2008
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