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Straphanger
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Candleabra CFL for Ceiling Fan

I'm looking to get a new ceiling fan to replace the existing one in my kitchen. However, I noticed that virtually all ceiling fans sold now use candelabra bulbs. I've never had to use them before till now so I'm a little confused on the CFL/LED options for them.

One I'm looking at is a 42 in. Westinghouse Ceiling Fan. The description states that it uses "2 candelabra-base 60-watt G16-1/2-light bulbs". Looking around on the HD website, I couldn't find anything for G16- 1/2 but I was hoping to use bulbs like this instead. Would these bulbs work in this ceiling fan?

Also, has anyone had experience with candleabra to medium base bulb converters? It seems like a good option to try so I can use regular bulbs but I don't know if they're good for ceiling fans.
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I'd buy a different fan that doesn't require candelabra lamps. They are still out there. I hate candelabra lamps; I never have any on hand when I need them. The sockets don't seem to hold up well.
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I thought they couldn't manufacture ceiling fans with regular base bulbs anymore.


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You could put those cfl's in but remember you can't dim em.


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There's still a few. They have 190W limiter. Total and complete government EPA bullshit.
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You have lots of options, obviously the CFL bulbs you showed will work and they also make torpedo shaped CFL bulbs if the bulbs are visible in the fixture you are looking at. They also make LED bulbs with candelabra bases.
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You'd probably be better to just skip the CFL and go straight to LED if you do get a fan that uses candelabra lamps.
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reply to Straphanger
said by Straphanger:

I noticed that virtually all ceiling fans sold now use candelabra bulbs.

Check these LED candelabra based bulbs out:

»www.lowes.com/pd_199170-28839-LC···cetInfo=

»www.lowes.com/pd_548547-75774-LC···cetInfo=

»www.lowes.com/pd_394796-75774-LC···cetInfo=

The initial cost is higher but they are dimmable. Quality of light they produce is excellent.


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said by nunya:

You'd probably be better to just skip the CFL and go straight to LED if you do get a fan that uses candelabra lamps.

I was looking at the LED option (in the process of upgrading all of my lights) but it seems that the candelabra LED lights are mostly limited to 40W equivalent output. I was looking for 60W equivalents (800 lumen output) but haven't been able to find any decent ones for now. I don't have a dimmer circuit for this fan so dimming capability isn't important for me but I haven't even found non-dimmable 60W equivalent LED bulbs.
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said by Straphanger:

Also, has anyone had experience with candleabra to medium base bulb converters? It seems like a good option to try so I can use regular bulbs but I don't know if they're good for ceiling fans.

I have 10 of those adapters in a chandelier, and a few other ceiling lights with the bulbs installed "base down".

The work great, seem sturdy enough, but I have never put them upside down with the added vibration of a fan.

I use the Cree LED bulbs from Home Depot with them, never had a problem with any of them.

The Cree LED bulbs do work fine on ceiling fans with a standard base, and are dimmable.

I probably have 25 of those Cree bulbs in my house in all kinds of light fixtures, never had a problem with one.
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Is the candelabra base bulb requirement so the fan will meet Energy Star requirements.

If you buy a non Energy Star fan then is it exempt from the candelabra base requirement or watt limiter requirement.

I replaced a ceiling fan back in 2008 and the fan I installed had the candelabra base bulbs. It's also a tight fit under the globe for CFLs. The light is hooked up to a occupancy sensor so it comes on when I enter the kitchen. There are two switches on the wall, one for the fan and one for the light.
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This link seems to describe it pretty well. It is the result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT2005).

»www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingf···ghts.asp


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reply to Straphanger
Fixing the power limit is easy, all it takes is a pair of pliers and a wire nut.
There are CFL candelabra bulbs that look just like the "regular style". I have some in a chandelier. They are dimmable too... Go to the store, they may have a different selection than online.


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said by nunya:

You'd probably be better to just skip the CFL and go straight to LED if you do get a fan that uses candelabra lamps.

I was always curious how do the LED candelabra look? Are they bright or brighter than the CFL version?