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ceiling fan light problem
Posted by: Don C
Date: February 24, 2020 09:54PM
Last week when I flipped the wall switch to turn on a ceiling fan the lights flashed and went out, ne'er to return. The fan continues to run, but the lights won't come on. I have checked the bulbs and they are still good and I opened the fixture and there is no sign of that flash in the wiring or the switch. No burnt wires or anything like that.

With the fan itself working, I have to think there is a fuse/circuit breaker on the lighting connection but I sure don't see one. If it is such a thing, where would it be located. It is certainly not in the housing where the wires come together with the switch. Oh, the wires are all connected tightly; the flash was not because a wire became disconnected and shorted in the housing.

TIA
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Re: ceiling fan light problem
Posted by: mattkime
Date: February 24, 2020 10:48PM
do you control the fan with one or two switches from the wall?



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Re: ceiling fan light problem
Posted by: Don C
Date: February 25, 2020 12:07AM
One switch.
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Re: ceiling fan light problem
Posted by: neophyte
Date: February 25, 2020 12:17AM
So one switch on the wall, but are there 2 pull chains to separately control the lights and fan?
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Re: ceiling fan light problem
Posted by: Bernie
Date: February 25, 2020 04:47AM
Ohm meter.


Regular incadesent bulbs
Pull chain {aka switch} bypass it, then replace.

Ladder work

Is it a straight or right angle pull chain?

Lowe's has them in with the ceiling fans area hanging in blister packs or in the electrical dept in drawers.




Staunton, Virginia
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Re: ceiling fan light problem
Posted by: Fritz
Date: February 25, 2020 07:23AM
edison or compact?
our ceiling fan bulb (compact) seemed like it blew.
I took it out and it looked fine. I could hear the relay fire.
Even though the bulb looked fine when I swapped it out, it was the bulb.



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If there are spelling issues, please pardon, Owen the cat is sitting on my keyboard.
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Re: ceiling fan light problem
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 25, 2020 07:29AM
....Oh, what a feeling
When we're dancing on the ceiling.......




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I reject your reality and substitute my own!
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Re: ceiling fan light problem
Posted by: Don C
Date: February 25, 2020 08:33AM
The pull chains come straight down. I know the bulbs are all good - I have tested them in another lamp.

Guess I'll look replacing the switch. It sure LOOKS fine but since the lights won't on it is the prime suspect. I had images of a connection in the attic; I really don't want to go up there!

Gotta wonder how it is I had a flash but all of the bulbs continue to work and the clear plastic switch shows no sign of arcing.

And, yeah, it requires a small ladder.
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