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My ceiling fan lights are strobing/flashingJA: Sometimes

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my ceiling fan lights are...
my ceiling fan lights are strobing/flashing
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Customer: they are blinking at a constant, but fast, rate
JA: Is there anything else the Electrician should be aware of?
Customer: I took the lighting housing off the fan and there is no wattage limiter/governor
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Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 1 year ago
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Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you. How many lights are flashing? Have you done anything recently, like installing a dimmer or installing LED lamps?
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
There are two bulbs and they are both flashing. They are LED bulbs and they have been installed for nearly a year. I haven't done anything recently, no dimmer or anything else.
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 1 year ago
You'll need to check the connections in the canopy. Most times when installed the fan leads are wired using the factory strips on the wire. It isn't long enough to make a good connection. Stranded wire needs to be longer than the solid wire in a wirenut. A bad connection will eventually fail because of arcing. Arcing causes flickering.
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
That makes sense. However, this isn't flickering. This is a perfect strobing. Meaning it's 100% of the time and the timing of the on/off cycles is symmetric and cyclical. Flickering caused by an arc is usually intermittent. I do realize that shorts can occur over time, but just to note this is not a new installation and nothing has been changed. I have seen that the wattage limiter in ceiling fans can cause this, but there is NO limiter in the lighting housing of the fan as shown in numerous locations online.
Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 1 year ago
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Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question. 1) Can you temporarily install traditional incandescent light bulbs and see if the strobing stops?
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I tried both incandescent and CFL (currently using LED)s and they all strobe. Well, the CFL does its best impression of strobing anyway.
Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 1 year ago
OK, Thanks for confirming that. 1) The only other option that I can recommend is to remove the light kit (if it can be removed) from the fan housing and temporarily wire it to a different circuit using an extension cord and see if the strobing stops. If the trouble follows, then there is an internal issue with the light kit. If the strobing goes away, then an issue with some loose wire connections either inside the fan wiring harness or the branch circuit.
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Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 1 year ago
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Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 1 year ago
If you have any additional questions, just let me know and I’ll be glad to answer them for you. Otherwise, don’t forget to rate me before you log Off. Thanks..............Kevin:)
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