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Old 03-20-2008, 11:13 PM   #1
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Changing Bulb Sockets

Hi. We're building a new home and have several fans installed with fan lights. The lights have candelabra bulbs with max wattage of 65 watts. I want to change from candelabra base to standard base and increase the wattage to 100 watts. I know I will probably have to change the wiring in the fixture to handle the increased wattage, and obviously the sockets will have to be changed to regular base. I would appreciate any advice as to what gage wire I should use to each socket and any information as to how to determine a sockets maximun wattage. I've looked at Lowes and HD, but the sockets there with porcelain don't seem to have any information on them. Will I have to go to a regular electrical supply store. Appreciate any advice/info. Thanks in advance


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Old 03-21-2008, 08:36 AM   #2
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You are not going to be able to modify the light kit you have. If you want 100 watt bulbs, you must find a light kit that will fit your fan, and allow the use of 100 watt bulbs.
I have seen some that use 100 watt bulbs, but not the standard base.
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I think ceiling fans will only now accept candelabra lamps. Its an energy star agreement, so your pretty much stuck.

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Thanks for the responses. You are right, fan lights now only come with the candelabra bulbs. Unfortunately, I've only seen a max of 65 watts. Maybe that is why they did it. Again, thanks
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