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Old 09-14-2009, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default Voltage Limiters in New Ceiling Fans?

Friend wants me to install a new ceiling fan in his bedroom. I have heard that they know put voltage limiters on the new fans to protect people from overloading it with higher voltage bulbs. I also heard that this causes a delay in the lighting ( fan instantly comes on but light is on a 1-2 second delay) because it needs to register the size and type of bulb and adjust accordingly. I know the government is cracking down. Any truth to this?
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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yes they put voltage limiters on them for years now but its so you cant run them one the new 240v system and have to buy a new one.
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The new ones I saw had wattage limiters,190 watts max.
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I don't care how much power you use, the voltage will stay the same.
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Default Watt Overload (or is it Bureaucracy Overload?)

The watt limiters are one of the more frustrating government rulings to affect us. It is hard to explain to a customer whey their new ceiling fan's lights act "funny". The time delays I have experienced prevent you from entering the room after turning he lights on. You could fall flat on your face if you did. You must wait that second or two before proceeding. If they would have done the job with overcurrent protection it would have been acceptable. And remember, this is all about being "green", not safety issues with overloading. Makes me glad I put switched receptacles and sconces in my own home (along with the paddle fans).
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