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Ceiling fan light bulbs rouotinely burn out in less than 4 hours of use

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.)

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  • Steve in CA Mar 14, 2008

    I'm confused on your comments re "the switch is off" and "the bulb is not burning when it blows". Not the case. I only see the problem when the switch is on, and I can only assume current or voltage causes the problem. I actually saw a lit bulb blow out the other day - I turned it on and watched carefully - one fizzled out in maybe 1-2 seconds; not the usual bright explosion but it just kind of blinked off. When I removed the bulb, the filament was clearly fried. I don't ever recall the usual bright explosion associated with most incadesent bulb failures, if that helps, but then again only 1 in 4 fails at a given time so maybe it's not that noticeable.

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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..

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"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 vibration.
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."

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    Ginko Mar 14, 2008

    130 volt Rough Service bulbs can provide more life than standard.

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    Ginko Mar 14, 2008

    In any case It seems like you have a problem in your supply or house wiring. If the problem persists better to talk to your builder's electrician and to the power company.

    regards

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    Ginko Mar 14, 2008

    Sorry, my first comment was general solution for same problem reported from fixya, infact it is within quots. Clearly bulbs blow only when your switch is on, this is probably because of a problem with your house wiring. You should test volts and amps out from your power outlets are ok. Also test power leading to ceiling fan. If electric plant in your house is ok then test power out from fan leading to one of bulb. If power intensity is ok during a certain amount of time (you told me it takes couple of hours for bulbs to burn).
    If you still find that everything is ok in your plant, then in this case the cause for bulbs blowing up must be a short inside the fan that occurr occasionally every couple of hours (lose wire etc). In this case if the fan is still garanteed send it back to shop/service, if not then you will need to open it and find the eventual short.

    Regards

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