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Old 04-10-11, 02:17 PM
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Hello, recently the light bulbs in my Hunter Ceiling Fan started blinking on and off whenever I turn on the switch. This may last a few minutes or only a few seconds. They blink as if they are in perfect sequence and timing. Then suddenly, they will light up as normal. Has anyone ever seen this before? What does this mean? Thanks for the help in advance, D
 
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Old 04-10-11, 02:33 PM
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What kind of bulbs are they? CFL's? Incandescent? Do you have a dimmer on them?
 
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Old 04-10-11, 02:45 PM
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Depending on the age of the fan and the type of bulbs....newer fans have a wattage (current) limiting device. This prevents people from putting in high wattage bulbs (thank the government for that).

I don't know what they use or when they started being installed..but I think it was about 3 yrs ago. Any electronic device can degrade performance over time. Try lower wattage bulbs maybe? Are you using the max that the fixture is rated for? Don't know whether the part can be purchased separately
 
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They are incondescent bulbs, they have no dimmer switch, and the fan and lights have worked flawlesly for a few years now. Hope this helps. Thanks again for the help,
 
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Old 04-10-11, 03:22 PM
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I would suspect GunGuy is on the right track.
 
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Gunguy45 was right. I called Hunter, their customer service was great. They called it a "limiter" and they are sending me a new one in the mail no questions asked.
 
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Old 04-12-11, 05:08 PM
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Gunguy45 was right. I called Hunter, their customer service was great. They called it a "limiter" and they are sending me a new one in the mail no questions asked.
When you get it if you could please post a picture of it and how it goes in it could be helpful to future posters.
 
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Limiter

I got a little more than I expected, but I replaced the "part" they sent me and everything works fine. Looks like they sent me the entire switch housing.......or whatever you electricians call it. I have an image but I do not know how to post it in these forums...Help me and I will try to post it.
 
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