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Old 11-05-2016, 04:49 PM   #1
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I have a problem I can't figure out. There are 3 ceiling fans all different brands at different homes all with the same problem. One bulb out of the three keeps blowing. Sometimes right away sometimes weeks but always the same one. I've checked the bulbs all 3 fans are using the right watts and are rated for fan usage. I've checked inside the specific sockets and they all seem fine no visual damage. It's the small type of socket so I can't get my meter leads in there to test it. I did however cheked the line voltage and it's 120v. I checked the socket connections in the fixture and there all still crimped nice and tight. One of the 3 fans have been replaced and it still has the problem. What else am I missing.
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Bulb quality has gone way down.

You're not feeding these puppies replacements from the exact same batch, are you ?
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That one light might be a little bit looser than the rest and the movement might be causing it to blow. I fixed this issue many times in the past by having the customer install CFL's. Nowadays you should instal LEDs.
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That one light might be a little bit looser than the rest and the movement might be causing it to blow. I fixed this issue many times in the past by having the customer install CFL's. Nowadays you should instal LEDs.
Bingo on the LEDs....now when those start failing, you have my interest.
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Bulb quality has gone way down.

You're not feeding these puppies replacements from the exact same batch, are you ?
i dont believe they are using the same brand i could be wrong though. I guess i never checked
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That one light might be a little bit looser than the rest and the movement might be causing it to blow. I fixed this issue many times in the past by having the customer install CFL's. Nowadays you should instal LEDs.
on a bad connection, why would a different type bulb matter? oh, never mind, i get your point
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on a bad connection, why would a different type bulb matter? oh, never mind, i get your point
I don't know if it's a bad connection or just the vibration, but something is causing the filament of a normal bulb to break and that won't happen with CFL or LED.
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thats true, but very strange that the same bulb keeps blowing. that sounds like a bad connection such as the 'tab' at the bottom of socket is too compressed.you know, bend it up. and a bad connection there wouldnt matter what kind of bulb it was, except that other that incandescent, it might last longer?
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thats true, but very strange that the same bulb keeps blowing. that sounds like a bad connection such as the 'tab' at the bottom of socket is too compressed.you know, bend it up. and a bad connection there wouldnt matter what kind of bulb it was, except that other that incandescent, it might last longer?
I still believe it is the vibration. Over the years I have cured a lot of people's issues of bulbs blowing frequently in fans by telling them to use CFLs.

Maybe that one light on the fan is a bit loose and that's why that bulb blows more than the others?
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speaking of vibration(dont go there) i talked to the ho of that ghost neutral and i will going back to double check!
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Open the light kit and remove the wattage limiter. It probably looks like a rectangular module with line, load, neutral connected to the light conductors.
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