2 outdoor ceiling fans blow 60 watt bulbs as soon as they are put in.

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Old 12-14-13, 11:45 AM
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2 outdoor ceiling fans blow 60 watt bulbs as soon as they are put in.

I have 2 outdoor ceiling fans that hold 2 60 watt bulbs each. Slowly, they began to blow bulbs as soon as one is put in. 3 of 4 of the sockets are blowing bulbs immediately. only one left. What should I do?
 
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Try buying brand name 130 volt and/or heavy duty bulbs like Sylvania or GE, not dollar store or big box store brands. In every case with one of my rental house complaints of bulbs blowing quality bulbs have solved the problem.

There is really very little that can go wrong with a light socket or fixture that can cause it to blow bulbs. If something is wrong with your fan the light would not illuminate or something would short out. Other than that it's the bulbs. Also the vibration of the motor & fan is hard on the bulbs making it even more important to use quality bulbs.
 
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I was using Sylvania 60 watt, 130 volt, and the fan is off on both fans. On 3 of the sockets, I have probably blown 6 or 7 bulbs, but think I'm not going to get any other results without changing something! Thanks for response, Randy
 
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Using fan rated bulbs, there's an extra support for the filaments may help. Should say fan rated right on the box.
Switching to LED will also help.
Dirty contacts, center tab not making full contact and needs to be pulled down some to increase the pressure may help.
 
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Do you have a good ground to the fan?
 
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Measure the voltage at the sockets with a meter. You should have 120 volts +/- 10%.
 
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Old 12-18-13, 10:32 PM
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Thank everyone! I had 130 volt bulbs, so I hoped the other probability was the center post-need to pull out! It worked! You are lifesavers!!! Thanks so much!!
 
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Glad you got it resolved, and thanks for telling us how it worked out,
 
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