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kateisstumped 07-19-2011 10:28 PM

Lightbulbs in Ceiling Fan!
Hi! I have 2 Hunter ceiling fans that are about a year old (one in my kitchen and one in my living room). I noticed that 2 bulbs in my kitchen are burnt out and 1 in my living room is burnt out. I purchased new lightbulbs and put them in, but nothing happened... it's like they're still burnt out. I thought I must have gotten the wrong kind, so picked up another brand of lightbulbs. Same thing! They are the exact same size as the old bulbs. They screw in no problem, just don't work. The fan has 4 lightbulbs, the other original bulbs still work fine. The original bulbs work even when I screw them in the socket where the burnt out one's were. This is driving me crazy and I just want all of my lights lit! What am I doing wrong? Thank you!

jbfan 07-19-2011 10:32 PM

Check the pull chain.
Some light kits operate 2 lamps, then all 4 with the pull chain.

gregzoll 07-19-2011 11:37 PM

If the pull chain does not make them light up, then the cheap China made plastic bulb socket is shot. If here is signs that it is defective, contact Hunter. We had the pull chain go bad on our 8 year old Hunter fan in our Master Bedroom, and just replaced with a remote control. Of course, that took taking it down, and connecting the leads of the pull chain switch together, but now I do not have to climb on top of the bed to turn off the light, when the fan runs 24/7.

kateisstumped 07-20-2011 07:05 AM

The pull chain didn't work, unfortunately.

What's weird though is that when I take one of the original bulbs that's still working and place it in the socket where a burnt out lightbulb is, it works. It's just any of the new bulbs I try don't. The bulbs are exactly the same. Thanks!

HouseHelper 07-20-2011 09:30 AM

Check the center tab in the socket. The cheap metal used can become corroded and prevent good contact. The slight difference in depth between bulbs will allow some to work and others not. With the power off, use a pencil eraser to clean the tab, then gently lift it so it contacts the bulb better. And if you are trying to use CFLs, you can sometimes run into a problem with the base of the bulb (above the threads) being too large to allow the bulb to screw in all the way.

kateisstumped 07-20-2011 12:06 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I checked the socket and cleaned it up with the eraser like you suggested and it now works! All of my lights are on and I can rest easy now... seriously, it was driving me crazy! :)

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