Lights strobing after 3 years

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Old 10-06-19, 09:26 AM
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Lights strobing after 3 years

these LED bulbs working perfectly for 3+ years in ceiling fan/light; but now all four lights strobe in unison, flashing every half second. To work for 3+ years, the wiring and remote must be fine; the fixture must accept LED dimmable bulbs, yes? here's the bulb:

LED Dimmable Candelabra Bulb, LOHAS 6 Watt Warm White 2700K LED Chandelier Bulb, 60-Watt Light Bulbs Equivalent, E12 Candelabra Base LED Light Bulbs, 550 Lumens LED Lights, Torpedo Shape LED Bulb

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10-06-19, 05:51 PM
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I'm glad you posted that picture. Based on the model number..... E-BDB52MWW5BC4..... that's not a Hunter..... it's a Harbor Breeze. One of Lowes products line. I posted a link to the universal kit in post #10. That's what you need. It's available at Home Depot and Lowes. In that link..... with the pictures on the left side is an installation video that shows how and where the receiver is installed.

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Your bulb reference contained this note. "Most of led light bulbs may interfere with some electronic devices such as occupancy sensors,timing devices, photo controls." The contrary may also be true. Also the bulb reference states the bulbs require 120 vac. The light fixture must have a radio receiver to get signals from the remote for on/off and dim. My guess is the remote or receiver has a problem. Have you checked the batteries in the remote?
 
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Old 10-06-19, 11:36 AM
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the fixture must accept LED dimmable bulbs, yes?
No.

The majority of ceiling fans and especially older ones stated in the instruction manual "incandescent bulbs only." You may have gotten lucky as some fans worked ok with LED bulbs while other fans using LED bulbs damaged the dimmer circuit.

This could only be confirmed with the owners manual or the make and model of the fan.
If you have one.... try an incandescent bulb in one location. Leave the other 2 LED's in place.
 
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Will check the battery in the remote; though the fan speed and the light off/on still work. So there seems to be enough battery power and radio connection. I believe the wall unit is hard-wired electrical.
 
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replacing one led with one incandescent; no change, all four lights strobe in unison. It's kinda catchy; but no music. Removing the 3 remaining led's; the lone incandescent continues to strobe.
 
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That would indicate the dimmer is defective.
 
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the ligh/ceiling fan unit is prob 6-8 yrs old...kinda expensive Hunter with the long blades. do yuo think we need to replace the entire unit?

Well it cost much more than it should have; even after the install, electrician charged $500 to simply install a remote control and its wall switch. More than the original install's parts and labor total.
 
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My Hunter has the receiver in the canopy of the fan. My remote is handheld.

Did your electrician install a wall mounted fan control/dimmer ?
That's an awful lot of money for just a receiver.
Can you post a picture of it....... How-to-insert-pictures.
 
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there's also a portable remote.
yeah I think we were ripped off. the electrician didn't know what he was doing.

do you think it's best to replace the entire unit; or can a piece of it be replaced? I can do easy electrical.

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The good news is I found what you have.
In the description is says it is ok with LED use so it may have just gone bad.

The bad news is that is a wireless wall switch.
The actual receiver that needs to be replaced is in the canopy above.
You shouldn't need to remove the fan..... just lower the canopy.

Universal ceiling fan kit

If you buy the kit...... you will get another wireless wall remote switch that you can use elsewhere.
 
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If I find the product manual for this model online, it will describe what a canopy is and how to lower it to access the receiver?

and also how to order a replacement receiver?

thanks so much!! much appreciated PJ
 
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The receiver will be in the canopy where it attaches to the ceiling. Your picture is of the fan motor. There is nothing in there you should need to access.
 
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I'm glad you posted that picture. Based on the model number..... E-BDB52MWW5BC4..... that's not a Hunter..... it's a Harbor Breeze. One of Lowes products line. I posted a link to the universal kit in post #10. That's what you need. It's available at Home Depot and Lowes. In that link..... with the pictures on the left side is an installation video that shows how and where the receiver is installed.

Harbor Breeze fan
 
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thank you! you guys are awesome lifesavers. Any chance that simply installing the receiver in the canopy will work with the existing wall switch and remote control? I'd hate to have to pay another $40 for a new remote control; on top of the $50 wall switch/receiver.
 
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The receiver and a wireless wall switch is part of the kit. You already have a wireless switch installed in the wall. That will be reused. When you pull the old receiver out.... you'll need to set the code of the new receiver to that of the old one. If you want to also use the new remote.... it will need to have the code changed to match the receiver.
 
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Any chance I can swap the wall switch with a different universal set? I have this: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 but noticed the existing wall switch has only a ground wire; with several wires connectected in the box with wire nuts, but only a ground wire connection to the wall switch. This unit has a glowing green light switch which helps in the dark. May be too complicated to try to determine configuration of those bundled wires in wall switch box. I have the other replacement, which seems identical to the existing wall switch. thoughts?
 
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Old 10-28-19, 06:23 PM
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The unit you have now is a wireless wall switch. In order to use the one you linked to you would need to connect to the wiring in the box. If there are a total of four wires...... two white wires wirenutted together and two black wires wirenutted together..... the black ones are the ones you need to use to the new switch. You still need to replace the remote unit at the ceiling.
 
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so licensed elecctricians examined the ceiling fan and said that replacing the receiver won't fix it; the entire fan/light fixture needs to be replaced. Is that possibly true? Sounded like the light test we did told you it was the receiver.
 
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Well we had licensed electricians who examined the ceiling fan/light, and told us the problem is with the entire fixture which needs to be replaced; not just the receiver. Does that seem possible given the light bulb test results?
 
 

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