The light in my Harbor Breeze ceiling fan stays lit for only 2 seconds. Otherwise the unit works great. What do I need to do to fix this issue?

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    what kind of light bulb is in there? what is the fixtures recommended wattage and what wattage of bulb/bulbs do you have in there? is it a new fan or existing fan? if it was an existing fan did it just start happening? this is a pretty vague description i would need a little more info to help. could be a few things. – squinny Jan 7 '13 at 2:54
  • Are you tripping a circuit or just the light is turning off? – Scribblemacher Jan 7 '13 at 3:35
  • Could be a loose connection, like once the socket or wiring gets warmed up enough the heat expansion might warp something enough to break the circuit. – Darth Continent Jan 10 '13 at 14:44
  • possible duplicates, or at least worth reviewing: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/1511/… diy.stackexchange.com/questions/6938/… – mac Sep 30 '13 at 18:14

The bulb wattage is too high. Try moving the wattages down a notch and this should alleviate the problem.


The light on my Hampton Bay fan would come on for 2 seconds, then shut off. After uninstalling the remote receiver the light worked perfectly. I don't have a remote anymore but that's ok.

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    So you're suggesting the problem is with the remote receiver unit? – Tester101 Sep 30 '13 at 11:19

I came here after just having this problem. Mine was a bit sillier: the light bulb I was using has an automatic sensor that shuts the bulb off in the presence of light. You know, to be economic if you leave the light on.

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