All my fans have same problem. When I go to change out a burned-out
bulb, it is stuck because the threads are stuck. I guess the heat
corrodes the metallic threads either in the bulb, socket or both?
I have tried WD40 some, and it helps some, but anyone have another
make sure the bulbs have cooled and use a towel and try to twist them out if
they break which will happen make sure the power is off and use a potato or
needle nose pliers. Works for me.
The problem with most fans these days, they're built in CHINA with cheap
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can\'t make them THINK"
LIGHTLY wipe the threads with some silicon grease before you put them
back it. You should be able to find this in any hardware store. Just
put a dab on a rag, wipe it on, and then wipe it off, leaveing a THIN
coat. This will prevent them from seizing up. The issue is not the
materials ... cheap or expensive ... but the fact that they run hot,
have a small surface area on the base, and any moisture will enhance
corrosion. I have also heard the suggestion of jaming a raw potato
(power off!!) against the broken base and using this as a lever to get
the broken bulb base out of the socket.
I've never met a potato that was successful at this, and most people destroy
everything picking at it with a needle nose. You certainly should use a dab
of antiox to prevent it from oxidizing to begin with, but bulbs are just
being made more cheaply now, and they're bases do break off the lamp. I've
had excellent success using a diagonal pliers. Their wedge shaped tip fits
right onto the edge of the bulb base and can turn it out without any damage
to the socket below. Just be SURE to turn power off first
I must not be like most people <g>
Once the glass have broken out of the base, I have successfully used
needle nose pliers on numerous occasions to grab the metal base of the
bulb and bend the edge away from the socket enough to grip it with
pliers and spin it out.
However, I do agree with using some type of agent to eliminate the root
RBM (remove this) wrote:
Yes I've used needle nosed pliers to do this succesfully. I've been
using this bulb lube for the last few years. Available at Lowes and
Menards. This is essentially the silicone grease idea as above. You can
also get a similar product at automotive stores.
Needle nose pliers are think and hard to use for that. I use scissors,
not to cut anything but as thin-jawed pliers.
BTW, that is a common occurrence around here, where some people put
strings of C9 holiday lights around their yards. Those are right next
to the sidewalk and a lot do get broken (the fact that these lights
make it hard to see doesn't help).
Quality lamps use real brass for the base material. Cheap ones use
aluminum or other cheaper materials. They sometimes color the aluminum to
look like brass. In the future makes sure you are getting quality lamps.
The problems are doubled if the fixture is using aluminum sockets.
You might also consider using a dielectric grease on the threads. You
can get it in small qualities at most automotive stores. Use very little.
I suggest not using other types of grease.
Is there some big drawback to the "push and quarter turn" style that Europe
uses? I have often wondered why we stay with these damned threaded bulbs.
Certainly plenty other bulb "types" have been introduced and accepted that don't
need to be "screwed" in, but for the standard ceiling and lamp fixture we appear
to be trapped with a crappy format.
What's the issue? I've been using them for as long as I could turn a bulb
and I've never had a problem.
Perhaps bulbs seizing up is more a factor of the gorilla like force used to
tighten them in their socket. You don't have to torque them to 120 ft-lbs
to get a good connection.
In my experience I would estimate that at least a fourth of the burned out bulbs
I replace break off leaving the base in the socket. I turn the bulb until it
bottoms and then I stop. Should I be stopping before it bottoms?
Disregarding any of that, how many other screw-in electrical devices are there?
Not many I would guess. It's just a stupid way to connect a lamp to its socket.
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