Originally Posted by Peanutsmomma
I used to work in a lighting showroom many moons a go when everything thing was meant to be used with incandescent lamps. Is that fan light kit completely enclosed? It looks like it is. It used to be in a fixture that was enclosed like that and had a standard medium base socket with a plastic housing you could not use anything higher than a 60 watt lamp (bulb) because of the heat that would build up inside of the fixture thus causing a fire hazard. I am guessing a 15 watt incandescent lamp with the same type of socket as the CFL would probably be ok since there is not a tremendous amount of heat coming off of a 15watt lamp. What brand of fan is that Cyn, where did you get it? I am going to Home Depot tomorrow to buy some lumber, if you got the fan there I will look at the light kit for you.
It is Hampton Bay, seems very well made, made for damp locations, pretty well sealed up. We've used regular box and high velocity basket fans in the coops for many years, but you know how dust kills those, not to mention, they can be dangerous. This one has a metal housing, rated for outside/damp locations. The only thing plastic are the blades. Has a lifetime warranty on the motor. It's a 60" Carrington model.
I've used 15 watt bulbs for years and they barely put off any heat at all, almost as little as a CFL. This fan has reflective shielding and padding above the sockets that I'm sure would protect just fine. I was just confused about the "no more than 13 watts" statement. I have only used CFLs in a few things (I hate those ugly things). Currently, I have a 15 watt incandescent in a brooder lamp up high as a nightlight for the whole building-you can probably see it up over the bantam pen. I would like to take that bulb and put it in the fan if I can and just remove that brooder lamp. I can't imagine a 15 watt bulb would overload anything.
Edited by speckledhen - 3/13/16 at 7:08pm