2 month old light kit - 2 of 4 lights don't work

Old 11-26-00, 01:19 PM
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I replaced a light kit on a ceiling fan recently and now 2 of the 4 lights (opposite each other) do not work. I looked at my connections between the celing fan and the lights and they appear to still be fine, but I'm not an expert, or I wouldn't be posting here.

Is it possible that this is a problem with the light kit? (it was a cheap one.) Is this a sign of something else? Thanks.
Old 11-26-00, 01:34 PM
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Most multi-bulb light kits (and fixtures) have seperate wires for each socket that join together ahead of the pull switch. I would check those wire nuts or crimps. You may also have a light kit that can turn on the lights in opposing pairs as well as all four together, in which case the multi step switch may have clocked out.
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An odd little problem I have encountered with inexpensive fixtures: the center tab which contacts the nipple on the bulb base was bent down flat and wouldn't make contact with the bulb. With the power turned off (not just at the switch, but at the breaker) you can bend the tab back out with a little screwdriver. However, this is rarely the problem. Just a possibility.

Old 11-28-00, 06:10 PM
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Well I think you need just one or two or three more ideas so I will add my two cents worth in also.

You may be running this bulb on a continuous basis creating excess heat in an inexpensive fixture. The following suggestion and scenerio may help if this is the case also.

You may have got what you paid for. This fixture may also be of light enough metal to cause a vibration at the bulbs.

You also may have a fan out of balance a bit causing the same problem.

If this is the case, then you might be wired ok, just in need of a rough service bulb or a 130 volt bulb that has a thicker filiment in the bulbs that can take the vibration better thus porlonging the life of the bulbs.

Good Luck


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