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Old 07-21-2014, 08:45   #1
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Lightbulbs to high of wattage for the wiring?

I moved into a new place and the light fixtures in three of the bathrooms all buzz when on. I noticed they all have 15 watt cfl's except one 9 watt bulb in one of the fixtures for some reason.

The label on the fixtures say each bulb can be up to 100 watts. But when I unscrewed all of the 15 watt bulbs and left the 9 watt one alone, the buzzing stopped. If I screw in even one 15 watt bulb, the buzzing it back. Does this mean the wiring behind the fixture is not the proper gauge to support the light fixtures?
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:56   #2
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No 15W is nothing. The CCFLs are made really cheap and some just buzz. It will likely do it in another socket as well.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:05   #3
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Can not stand those bulbs.........while I am nearly half deaf, the buzzing bulbs drive me nuts! LED bulbs are more efficient, they do not buzz, and have a longer life span, but they are more expensive.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:05   #4
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Yep. Put incandescents in and see if you buzz. I'm betting you won't.
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Yep. Put incandescents in and see if you buzz. I'm betting you won't.
I don't think I can find any anymore.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:53   #6
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LOL They have them at HD.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:59   #7
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I don't think I can find any anymore.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:01   #8
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I buy my CFL's at Big Lots if you have one near you. Very good price and no buzzing. I had one fail in the past two years. No fires yet, no mercury poisoning and they come to full brightness within seconds.


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Hmmm. I thought incandescents were banned now. Well I what to the local big box store and got bulbs...no more buzzing.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:42   #10
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Can not stand those bulbs.........while I am nearly half deaf, the buzzing bulbs drive me nuts! LED bulbs are more efficient, they do not buzz, and have a longer life span, but they are more expensive.
LED bulbs buzz -

The 60 watt Cree LED bulbs buzz for 10-15 seconds when I first turn them on.

I just installed a LED light fixture in my kitchen - it will buzz when cold - but only for a minute or so.

I broke two LED bulbs installing them in an outside / sealed fixture - they must have been slightly larger than a standard bulb.

When I turned the light on the first time I heard a CRACK CRACK - I removed the glass part of the bulb - screwed them back in and they work fine. That was about a year ago.
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