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Old 06-21-2012, 06:03 PM   #1
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HI: I have a Hunter Ceiling fan with 2 GU-24 base CFL's. These are Edison base, not typical screw in. (There is no option to change the light kit)

The CFL's buzz and flicker badly on the dimmer no matter what setting it is on.

The fan has a built in voltage limiter for the CFL's.

I have looked into Dim-able CFL's and have been told they will not work. I've talked to several manufacturers and they say they will not work with the limiter and digital dimmer.

I have a Lutron fan control (works fine) and digital fade dimmer.

Here is my question..

I would like to remove the limiter and use a bulb base converter to convert from the GU-24 base to a regular incandescent screw base (E26) and use regular incandescent bulbs with my dimmer.

Is this a viable solution? Is there any better way to do this?

My only other option is to replace the fans and I have 3 that would need replacing.. they are only 3 months old.

Tx,

Tom

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I see two issues:

It violates the UL listing of the fan.

More importantly the light kit may not be built to handle the heat the incadescents will generate.

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New fan

Eliminate dimmer
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The area for the lights is open so heat should not be a problem.. I do not however know what the socket is rated for..that would be another question... I have not examined the sockets to see if they could just be replaced ..also... the adapters would be easier.

I would not put anything over 60 watts in them anyway.

Putting aside the reg's which I am aware of...what else can I do about this other than what I have outlined or your previous suggestions?

I would really need to be able to dim them. Do they still make fans with regular incandescent lights or are they all CFL now? Tx

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1) The cheap GU-24 bulbs are not dimmable. Buy replacement dimmable bulbs here.

2) You can get a GU-24 adapter here.
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I checked with dim-able bulb manufacturers and they told me they wouldn't work with my digital dimmer... Also the technology seems to not have evolved very well yet.
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Have you tried dimmable LEDs. I have had good luck with this bulb

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ec...&storeId=10051

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Tx for the suggestion.

Have you tried them in a fan designed for CFL's that has a voltage limiter?

Do you know if they work with a digital dimmer?

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HI: I have a Hunter Ceiling fan with 2 GU-24 base CFL's. These are Edison base, not typical screw in. (There is no option to change the light kit)

The CFL's buzz and flicker badly on the dimmer no matter what setting it is on.

The fan has a built in voltage limiter for the CFL's.

I have looked into Dim-able CFL's and have been told they will not work. I've talked to several manufacturers and they say they will not work with the limiter and digital dimmer.

I have a Lutron fan control (works fine) and digital fade dimmer.

Here is my question..

I would like to remove the limiter and use a bulb base converter to convert from the GU-24 base to a regular incandescent screw base (E26) and use regular incandescent bulbs with my dimmer.

Is this a viable solution? Is there any better way to do this?

My only other option is to replace the fans and I have 3 that would need replacing.. they are only 3 months old.

Tx,

Tom
The above statement about your bulb is wrong.....GU24 is a pin/twist style base. The Edison base is your traditional screw in.

As the other guys have told you....you can't use a standard CLF (even GU24) with a light dimmer. And if you do have a dimmable CFL, you have to match them with the right dimmer....same for LED.
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DO you guys know if all the new fans have voltage limiters built in?

If so, If I get fans with incandescent lights will they work with my digital dimmers?

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Could you give us the model number of your fan?
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The old fan model number is Hunter 28690 with the CFL's.

Is the anything specific I should look for when I get new fans with incandescent lights?

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I'm off to work so maybe someone else can look into this, but the pictures I see look like the light kit is pretty standard and you should be able to just replace the light kit with an incandescent one.

The only thing I don't know is where the voltage limiter is. Is it in the wiring of the fan, or actually wired into the light kit.
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They are wired into the light kit.. tx
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And why can't you purchase a new light kit?

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