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Ceiling fan light. I was sitting in the room with my ceiling

Ceiling fan light. I was sitting...
Ceiling fan light.
I was sitting in the room with my ceiling fan.
the three small lights on the fixture started getting brighter.
They all got real bright, and then went off.
I checked and it wasn't the light bulbs, they are still good.
It appears that something shorted out.
The fan still works.
It is a Hunter Fan less than 6 months old.
what should I do?
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11/11/2013
Kevin
Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor
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1) Lights that flicker or dim or get brighter indicate a loose wire connection or a faulty splice somewhere within the circuit. More often, this type of problem is a loose neutral connection but can also be attributed to a loose hot connection. If the light brightness is only affected at the ceiling fan, then the problem resides somewhere in the branch circuit. If you have experienced, dimming or flickering or brightness of lights in other areas of the home, let me know as those types of problems can also be related.

 

2) If you had a hot to ground short or a hot to neutral short, the circuit breaker would have immediately tripped.

 

3) If the ceiling fan circuit feed (hot & neutral) was tapped from a room receptacle, it is possible that the loose connection resides at that receptacle. For starters, I would recommend to try the following procedure first, rather than opening up boxes. Try this method first and let me know how you make out and we can take it from there..........Thanks...........Kevin!

 

Wiggle Procedure

You have a circuit with dead outlets and maybe some dead lights on it or you're experiencing flickering on a circuit. You will need a 2 wire voltage tester to check the outlet. A Multimeter or a Volt/Con are suggested. I prefer the Volt/Con because there are no settings to make, it does continuity and is audible. Success begins with knowing what you're looking for.

 

1] No voltage reading between the hot and the neutral or ground indicates an open hot.

 

2] No reading between the hot and the neutral but 120V between the hot and ground and 120V between the neutral and ground indicates an open neutral.

 

3] No continuity between the neutral and ground - Check for tripped GFCI device first

 

4] If all the branch circuit breaker are on you have a bad connection on the hot or neutral wires. The usual cause is a bad connection, either a termination on a device or connection in a wire nut.

 

Over the years I've found the easiest way to locate the opening needing examination and correction is to wiggle the devices.

 

5] The first step in this exercise is to get a lamp to act as an alert. Make sure the lamp works and in the on position. You may also use something like a vacuum cleaner or blow dryer, for an audible alert. Don't use anything electronic, like a radio.

 

6] Plug it into a dead outlet.

 

7] Now with a cube tester or any plug you will need to go to all the dead outlets and any live outlets in the area, insert the plug and wiggle the device side to side slightly. Watch the test lamp or listen for the other alerts as you wiggle the devices.

 

If the loose or bad connection is present the wiggle action may make it contact briefly and the lamp or the other things will alert you . Having found the suspected outlet all that is left is to correct the bad connection.

 

If the device is a push back wired device, this probably is the cause of the circuit failure. All wires must be terminated under the screws. Also you should never put more than one wire under a screw.

 

This troubleshooting procedure works in most cases and won't have you open boxes un-necessarily.

 

Keep in mind that the problem is in one of two places in the circuit, either in the first dead outlet or the live outlet just ahead of it.

 

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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

I tried replacing the bulbs.


After I replaced the bulbs. They worked ok.


I guess it was just a bad bulb(s)

Good morning Craig..............recv'd your reply........Thanks!

 

It is possible that the bulbs were only making partial contact within the socket. On occasion, I've also experienced some light bulbs that burnt out prematurely due to a bad batch in manufacturing. Always recommended to stick with quality light bulb manufacturers instead of some no-name brand.

 

Also make sure that any replacement light bulbs are rated for the fan light kit and that they do not exceed the rated wattage.

 

 

Hope this helps.........If you have any additional questions, let me know and I'll be glad to answer them for you.

 

Otherwise, don't forget to rate me before you log Off.

 

The next time you have an electrical question, you can also request for me at:http://www.justanswer.com/home-improvement/expert-your-electrician
..........Thanks..............Kevin!



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Hello Craig............Thank you for the excellent service rating..........much appreciated!

 

If you have any other questions, just let me know.

 

Take care and have a great evening................Thanks again................Kevin!

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