changing ceiling fan light kit

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Old 12-05-13, 07:47 PM
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changing ceiling fan light kit

Have a hunter ceiling fan with a light fixture. The light fixture takes (2) 60watt incandescent candelabra bulbs (small base). This is not enough light and I want to change the light kit to one that uses 2 standard size 60watt bulbs. I found a hunter light kit that has two standard bulb sockets, but it comes with (2) 14watt CFL's. I took the light kit off my existing fan and found that the lighting wires go through some sort of black box with circuitry inside, as seen in the photo. So...1) can I simply swap light kits by disconnecting the black and white from one light kit and connecting the black and white wires from the other kit - what does that black box do? and 2) can I use incandescent bulbs even though the new light kit comes with CFL's - it looks like (2) regular light sockets?
 
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Old 12-05-13, 08:06 PM
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Looks like some kind of ballast. What does it say on the attached tags on the wiring.

Standard incandescent bulbs don't require a ballast but CFL's do which is strange because you have what appears to be a ballast and you are not using fluorescent lamps.
 
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Old 12-05-13, 09:22 PM
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Could that be a current limiter?
 
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I wouldn't know if that is a current limiter, but I have attached a picture of the sticker on the back of it. The white tag on the red wire says "light out", the red tag on the black wire says "live in", the red tag on the white wire says "neutral in", and the white tag on the white wire says "common out".
 
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That's what it is...... a watt watcher or watt governor.

You can remove that box.
 
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Finally, got one right. Do I get my license?
 
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Thanks for the responses

Thanks for the responses. Do you think I can use that light kit with the standard bases? and will it make any difference if I keep the watt watcher?
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