Ceiling fan question

Discussion in 'Electrical and Wiring' started by donnaferr, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Jun 22, 2008 #1

    donnaferr

    donnaferr

    donnaferr

    New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2008
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have a new ceiling fan that uses three 40W candelabra bulbs. I'm finding that this isn't enough light and I'm wondering if it would be safe to use a higher watt bulb? I have checked the manual and cannot find anything about this. Thank you. :confused:
     
  2. Jun 22, 2008 #2

    kok328

    kok328

    kok328

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2007
    Messages:
    2,755
    Likes Received:
    249
    Forget the manual, see if there is any mention on max. wattage printed on the bulb socket itself.
    If the bulbs are not enclosed, you could probably safely increase wattage. Do they make candlabra bulbs greater than 40W?
     
  3. Jun 22, 2008 #3

    donnaferr

    donnaferr

    donnaferr

    New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2008
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    I looked at the bulb socket and you're right, it did say 40Watt max. The bulbs are not enclosed, however so I may try it. I've seen 60Watt candelabra bulbs, also some 100Watt mini but I'm not sure what they are.
    Again, thanks very much.:D
     
  4. Jun 23, 2008 #4

    glennjanie

    glennjanie

    glennjanie

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2006
    Messages:
    2,990
    Likes Received:
    4
    Hello Donnaferr:
    I don't know if they make compact flourescent bulbs with a candelabra base but, if you could find some, it would be a great way to increase the light without going over the recommended wattage.
    The problem is probably a plastic socket which will harden and crack if it is pushed over the recommended watts.
    Glenn
     
  5. Jun 23, 2008 #5

    donnaferr

    donnaferr

    donnaferr

    New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2008
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Glennjanie, that's a great idea, I will look for the compact bulbs- I wonder if that is the minis that I saw. I won't push the wattage much- maybe even just replacing one of the bulbs with a 60 watt would be enough. Thank you very much.:eek:
     

Share This Page