Outdoor ceiling fans can benefit from an LED bulb. Their light is just as powerful as CFL or incandescent bulbs without generating the same levels of heat while on. Indoor ceiling fans can benefit from an LED bulb as well, but must be connected to a toggle switch only in most circumstances. The most common ceiling fan bulbs found in ceiling fans are Candelabra and Intermediate. Newer ceiling fans may require Mini Candelabra while older ceiling fans may have a standard medium light bulb fitting. Try to target a rated life of at least 15, 000 hours, but make sure you're not sacrificing too much lumen output for it (remember, 800 lumens is equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent light bulb). If the switch is a dimmer, the problem may be that you're using LED bulbs, which respond to some dimmers by flickering. This is why you might see a ceiling fan LED light flickering. If the switch is a conventional one, remove the cover plate and check the wiring to see if it's loose. If your ceiling fan light fixture is the sole source of light for the room, you'll want a bulb that can provide the most illumination as possible. Anything less than 800, such as a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb, will simply not be bright enough for lighting an entire room.
The simple answer is yes, as long as the LED bulb uses less wattage than your fixture. If your socket says not to exceed 60-Watts, it is referring the dangers of high heat output associated with incandescent bulbs. However, LED's do not emit dangerous levels of heat.
Generally speaking, the maximum wattage ratings are printed on the light-bulb sockets of the light fixture or lamp. You will see language that reads something like: "Caution: Use only Type A lamp, maximum 60 watts. "
For a 'rule of thumb', overhead lighting probably should not exceed 100 watts (again, check the fixture ratings! ), which will provide pretty bright lighting, and should be ample for most uses.
Another cause of bulbs burning out is excessive fixture vibration. A good example of this is a ceiling fan with a light fixture. When a fan blade becomes unbalanced, the fan starts to shake, and the vibration jiggles the filament in the bulb and shortens its life.
Emerson, in general, makes the best light kits. All of Emerson's Universal light kits are “universal”, and by that, I mean to most ceiling fans.
How to Determine Light Bulb Base Type Look for threads on the light bulb base. Look for pins. Identify a plug-in type base by the appearance of a rectangular protrusion on the plug end of a compact florescent bulb. Determine if the bulb is a bayonet type base by looking for a smooth sided base, such as a screw base without threads.
Because CFL light bulbs are designed to fit in standard light sockets, there's no problem with adding them to a ceiling fan light. CFL bulbs are designed to be more energy efficient than regular bulbs, while giving consumers the advantages of a fluorescent light.
Light dimmers with incompatible lightbulbs (such as LEDs) can flicker when they're set on low. The most dangerous flickering indicates that "there is a loose connection in the house somewhere between where the electrical service enters the house and the light, ” Orr says. This should be addressed ASAP.
Summary – How to stop LEDs flickering Always drive LED products using an LED power supply that's designed for the job. Make sure all your LED products are compatible with the control circuits and power supply you're using. Check for loose wiring and other faulty connections. Consider using a constant-current LED driver.
A dimmer switch should never be connected to a ceiling fan motor. You should not use an LED bulb if the lighting kit is directly wired to a dimmer switch either. There are LED bulbs that are dimmable, but be sure the load going through the fixture is compatible with the bulb.
LED bulb flickering can be traced in almost every instance to a non-compatible dimmer switch in the lighting circuit. LED bulbs don't have glowing filaments. When the dimmer switch goes off and on many times per second, the LED bulb becomes a flickering strobe light.
It could be a number of things. But most commonly, LED bulbs may flicker or dim in your home when there are voltage fluctuations in your home's wiring. When electrical loads turn on and off in your home, this creates a change in voltage levels, which may cause the LED lights to occasionally dim or flicker.
If the actual LED burns out (somewhat unlikely) it will get dimmer and off-color. The traffic lights that 'burn out' are more often the power controllers / diode packs than the actual LEDs going dead. Flickering would be caused by the power controller, which would be built in to most consumer LEDs.