Ceiling fan 'sparks' when turned on/replacing troffers in suspended ceilings.


Old 01-05-14, 01:23 PM
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Ceiling fan 'sparks' when turned on/replacing troffers in suspended ceilings.

Hi, folks...I'm new here, and completely unhandy. I'm tackling some projects too long put off. I've bought two new ceiling fans to replace a couple, but only if I absolutely need to. Also, I want to replace two troffers in our finished basement.

Problem 1: Our bedroom ceiling fan sparks when the fan part is turned on. I haven't checked to see if the wire nuts are on securely. The light switch part is ok.

Problem 2: How difficult is it to switch out troffers in a suspended ceiling? I just bought the units, along with the T-8 bulbs. I'll take the old units out into the garage, as I need more lighting there.

Thanks for any help on these two projects, everyone!

Old 01-05-14, 03:21 PM
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The amount of room above the troffers can have a large impact on the ease of removing the fixtures. Sometimes the housing is almost tight to the framing and the only option is to remove part of the grid.

Connections arc when they are loose. You need to check all the connections before it becomes worse or a fire.

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