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Why did the Light in my Ceiling Fan Quit Working

Troubleshooting a Ceiling Fan Light and Wall Switch Problem: The light and fan are turned on and off from switches on the wall.

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Electrical Question: Why did the light in my ceiling fan quit working completely?

The wall mounted switch indicated a problem when I turned it on and there was a 2 second delay before the light came on. By the next day the light quit working completely.

This electrical wiring question came from Ryan, a Homeowner in Telkwa, Canada.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ryan .

Ceiling Fan Light Problem

wiring a ceiling fan

Troubleshooting a Ceiling Fan Light and Wall Switch

Light Switch
The wall switch should be tested and replaced if it is found defective.

Control Module
A delay before the light comes on may indicate there is a control device in the ceiling fan. If the ceiling fan has a control module then it should be tested and replaced as needed.

Light Bulbs
Make sure the recommended lights have been installed as stated in the owners manual of the ceiling fan. Many ceiling fans have over current protection which will prevent the lights from turning on if the bulbs are not the specified bulbs.
Light Delay Device
NOTE: There are devices that can be installed into the light socket that will delay the start of a standard light bulb, and if they are used they are commonly inserted into the base of each light socket.

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Take the mystery out of ceiling fan wiring. Ceiling Fans are a great way to lower your energy bill and brighten up one of your favorite rooms.

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Voltage Testers to Help Solve Electrical Problems


When working on home electrical wiring using voltage meter can play an important part in electrical safety. Electrical testers and voltage meters enable you to identify electrical circuits and help prevent the possibility of accidental electrical shock.
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