View Full Version : Lighting regulations make no sense!

Brian Elfert
11-25-2014, 4:55 PM
Lighting regulations no longer allow ceiling fan manufacturers to make lighting kits for ceiling fans with standard light sockets. They all have to use candelabra base bulbs.

The stupid thing is there are no good energy efficient light bulbs for candelabra base bulbs. So, I am stuck using 60 watt incandescent bulbs instead of 11 watt LED light bulbs. The candelabra base LED light bulbs put out very little light. How does it make any sense to require candelabra base bulbs so I have to use 180 watts for lighting instead of 30 watts with medium base bulbs?

Ken Fitzgerald
11-25-2014, 5:41 PM

While it may be frustrating, there are 60 watt equivalent candelabra base LEDs out there. You need an 8-12.5 watt LED. Here's one sold by Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_548547-75774-LCFCDM500LED_0__?productId=50138776

Brian Elfert
11-25-2014, 8:19 PM
The problem with the supposed 60 watt LED candelabra base bulbs is they only produce 450 to 500 lumens. A normal 60 watt bulb is 800 lumens. The incandescent candelabra 60 watt bulbs are 575 lumens.

I found some light fixtures on Ebay that are still medium base and should fix my ceiling fan. I might buy those instead. I bought some candelabra base CFLs today that produce 900 lumens, but they won't fit my fixture due to being too big.