You’ll often need a replacement ceiling fan bulb if you have a bulb that breaks. Once the bulb shatters, you’ll be looking for a replacement bulb of the same type. This tends to make the most sense, anyways. It’s often best to look for a bulb of the same type you already have. This just makes life easier. If you had a dimmable bulb, best to buy another one of those. If you had a candelabra style bulb, buy that again.
It’s also a good idea to try and mirror the wattage and other parameters as closely as possible. If you put a bulb in that is the correct wattage and etc. for the socket, the bulb will last a much longer time. Bulbs can burn out faster if you place one in that is the wrong wattage.
Instructions for Replacing Ceiling Fan Bulbs
Note: It’s a good idea to ensure the power is off before replacing the bulb. Switch off the power to the fan and bulb while replacing the light. It’s harder to replace the bulb with the fan spinning, even on a low setting.
Replacing a bulb usually means you need to undo the globe that the bulb is under. Most fans have shades or globes that cover the bulb. This is to protect the bulb, but also to spread out the light from the bulb and make it easier on the eyes. So as much as the globe is to protect the bulb, it also protects the eyes.
So, onto removing the globe. There can be many ways to remove the globe, it’s dependent on what kind of fan you have. However, most of the time there may be some screws to unscrew it. If not, try just sliding the globe off, or moving it to one side then the other to slide it off the clip.
If you have the instructions that came with your fan, you can of course refer to those to find the best way to remove the globe.
Once the globe is removed, most bulbs can be unscrewed and removed. The new bulb can be screwed into replace the existing bulb.
Here are the basic and sought after bulb types that homeowners are usually looking for. Your local Home Depot or Lowe’s are great places to find these, but if you are having a find time finding a specific bulb type you’re welcome to let us know. Post about it on our contact page and we’ll do our best to find it for you.
- Screw-In Candleabra Style Bulbs
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