Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Glad That's Over.....!

 Got the Radio Room fan installed on Sunday, and the Dining Room fan installed today.

The RR fan is a Hunter, and was made and packaged better, with FAR better instructions, than the DR fan.

Radio Room:

I have two of the three bulbs loose in the socket as otherwise it's too bright. That'll do until I either get some lower wattage bulbs, or a dimmer installed.

Dining Room:

This one was made by "Parrot Uncle" (who?) and had cheaper hardware, a weird angled ceiling mount which involved some re-engineering of the hardware, and the lamps are type "G-10" LED, and a royal PITA to get installed in the sockets. It's a two-pin lamp base that looks like an old florescent lamp starter can, and they barely fit in the socket.

BUT.....they're hung, they work, and SLW is happy with them.


22 comments:

  1. It doesn't matter who made it, they're a PITA.
    Good onya for gittiner done

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    1. Dining room was bad because it's a 10' angled ceiling. Hard to work way up on the ladder, but yeah, we got 'er did!

      The Hunter fan was a piece of cake...

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  2. I've had good success with Harbor Breeze. The 'cheap' contractor versions are actually nice, easy to install and come with good lamps.

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    1. If we buy any more, and I doubt it, we'll get Hunter fans.

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  3. I installed my fans 20 years ago. I hope I never have to change them. Yours looks nice.

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  4. The bedroom and the kitchen fans both have standard sockets and the wireless dimmers that came with them work well.
    We found out that not every LED can be dimmed no matter what the box says.

    The LED track lights in the computer room were a different story.

    The original LED lights were an integral LED and a couple of them failed.
    Replacements weren't available, but I was able to get a fixture that looked very much same and put a G-10 bulb into the new fixture.
    The bulbs came with a plastic tool that made installing them a lot easier than my fumble finger attempts.

    They look nice and it's good to have more light than you need.

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    1. My son had to replace some of the G-10's at his Mom's house. Hew said they came with a little tool (suction-cup-on-a-stick, like an old valve lapper) that made it easier.

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  5. My ceiling fan only has one circuit, so my guess is that the dimmer and motor coils would not play well together. Philips makes a dimming LED bulb that works without a dimmer. You cycle the power and the bulb steps through 3 brightness levels.They're spendy in stores, but if you online order a multipack, the price is about half of the stores.

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    1. Our ceiling fans back in Long Beach were on one circuit with dimmers. They actually worked on the fan, but no idea what these current manufacture fans would do.

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  6. G-10. My apartment has them and replacements are hard to find. Lowes didn't have them but Home Depot did. $12 for two ouch!

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    1. Didn't know they were that $$$. I know I'll look closely at any future lights we buy to make sure they DON'T use that bulb!

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  7. Congratulations, drjim. God bless.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I'm just happy they work, haven't come crashing down, and it's two items out of the "Job Jar"!

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  8. You are going to regret having two fans that require different light bulb bases...
    AMHIK

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    1. HAH! It's like having too many calibers. The Radio Room fan takes standard "lightbulbs". If I would have known the Dining Room fan had these things I would have requested she find another one she liked.

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  9. All that matters is that the SLW is happy!

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    1. Finally read all of the responses above. My 8 months at Lowe's led me to find out that some dimmers are not compatible with LED bulbs. I don't know what the circuit difference is but the fact was plainly listed on the dimmer packaging (some boxes, some bubble packs). YMMV

      Another thing I found out in practical use is that the LED dimmers have a control (potentiometer, I almost typed just pot as I know that you would know but some other readers wouldn't) that adjusts for the minimum brightness. It is on the front and is hidden when the wall plate is put on.

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    2. The dimmer on the dining room fan doesn't seem to do anything. I turn it down...nothing. Turn it down some more...nothing. Turn it down even further, and the fan stops, but the bulbs stay on.

      Nothing on the little chinnesium boxes to indicate "dimmable".

      Weird.....

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    3. OH....and some of the LED bulbs make a lot of radio racket. From HF all the way through VHF. I tune into a weak station on the FM stereo in the basement, and as soon as I turn on some of the lights in the basement, the signal gets noisy, and drops out of stereo.

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    4. My undercabinet led tape lights put out so much RF that AM broadcast is unreadable in the car in the driveway (next to the kitchen). It's something to do with the PSU because running them off a linear psu has them silent on RF.

      nick

      (and the switching psu is supposed to be shielded commercial grade, in a metal box. I paid extra for that. IT might be, but the strips act as antennas...)

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    5. Yeah, some of these things are World Class RFI generators. They have little to no filtering on the AC side, and the same on the DC side. And all too often Conducted RFI turns into Radiated RFI as soon as it hits some open wires.

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