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Old 09-21-2010, 01:31 PM   #1
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My ceiling fan lights don't work.Its not the bulbs, nor the pull chain for the lights.Any ideas?The fan blades work when you pull the chain.

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Cant think of an easy, safe solution.

Our fan & lights have two chain pulls. One that controls the fan on/off and the other that controls the lights on/off.

Has a chain pull broken off?

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Is this a new problem with an existing unit, or is it with a new install??
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It is not a new install. The chain works but the lights won't go on.
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The "pull chain" switch may have failed...not much to them. Ballast failure would only pertain to fan operation and not the lights. Depending on cost it may be wise to replace the whole unit..... if you have an experienced "handy-man" he may be able to find the cause of failure. If the fan is controlled by a switch you can bypass the pull-chain and connect the line/load wires to complete the curcuit. This is not something that an inexperienced person should attempt....a basic understanding of electricity is a must. If you are unsure, consult a professional electrician.
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What is a winng box?The light is controlled from a wall switch.The fan is controlled by a pull chain.
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Your fan should have 2 pull-chains.... one for the fan and the other for the lights. If the fan still operates you do have power to the unit. Some installs will have 2 wall switches.....one for fan and one for lights. Do you have 2 wall switches?? If not, the problem will be in the pull-chain switch for the lights or the connection for the lights within the fan unit. Is the fan/light controlled by a single switch and fan turned off by the wall switch, too??

The wiring box will be located above the fan and mounted in the ceiling....the fan will need to be taken down to inspect the wiring and the connections.
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The fan/light is controlled by a single switch and fan is turned off by wall switch.
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The fan and light should both be controlled by the wall switch, if its a single switch. SABL is right its the pull chain or the wiring. Smart money goes to the pull chain, they still click even when the contacts burn out, as long as the wires are ok its either the pull chain switch or bulbs.
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my thoughts are that most likely a marrette or a wire connection has come lose in the electrical outlet box. If you get power to the unit, most likely the connection to the light wire is open, or a wire short or faulty solder has occured.
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sorry kinda a common sence tip but if you gonna try DIY make sure you cut the power to the room first no reason being shocked. Won't kill you but it will hurt!
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sorry kinda a common sence tip but if you gonna try DIY make sure you cut the power to the room first no reason being shocked. Won't kill you but it will hurt!
More like won't kill you but will darn sure make you wish you were dead.
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yea thats it 120 sucks trust me lol
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trust ya? brother I've been restarted once because of 50,000 out of an aircraft, and blown across the room because of 110
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I have done a good bit of electrical work even though I am young. But it wasn't directed to you just in general.
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Please read the DANGER post here before adding further comments in this thread.

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Hey Donald I read that I especially like the part about CRT monitors, where was that when I took one apart 10 years ago :) could have saved my wife a 911 call. ( I get shocked she freaks and calls 911 every time)

But basically lately around here if I have any problems with a ceiling fan I replace the entire thing, and since all of mine are remote control and powered from a light switch ion the wall its an ease fix here for me
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You last 2 guys were funny. I'll make sure the power is turned off. Talk about cheap shock therapy!
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I can do that now, and I don;t get shocked in my house anymore, but when I first bought this place if I flipped a breaker it was usually either bypassed, or labeled wrong, now if you look in my breaker box you will find every breaker numbered, simply look at the small number on the switch or outlet cover and flip the corresponding number breaker and theres no power to that particular fixture :)
Why did I do it like that?
because I am no electrician and when I rewired this place I had no idea how many items I was allowed to place on one circuit :)
Hardest thing for me to get through my thick head now days is to flip a breaker LOL
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The ceiling fan is fixed. It was the pull chain switch which cost 4.98

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