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I have a 3 year old Panasonic Whisperlite FV-08VQL4 ceiling fan for the bathroom, with two CFL bulbs (18W each). One of the two bulb locations is bad -- it won't turn on, regardless of replacing the bulb with new ones. The last bulb that worked gradually started to dim and turn on intermittently before it went completely out. The bulb socket looks fine. Is there a replaceable electronic part ahead of the socket that can remedy this problem?

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Sounds like a loose wire inside the unit. But, I would try this. With the power off, both switch and circuit breaker, try and bend the center contact for the light bulb out; pull it out away from the back of the socket. This may be the bad contact. The center contact on the bulb touches this in order to get power up into the bulb. Using a small screw driver, try and scrape the surface of this contact to clean it a bit. DO ALL OF THIS WITH THE POWER OFF!!!
Hope this helps.

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