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Need help with Compact Fluorescent
California Home

Our vanity bathroom has a 26W  Nutone Compact Fluorescent 2 pin
light / with fan - ceiling light.
( the light appears to be about 9 inches long)

It is so dark with this light in the bathroom.  I am desperately
trying to get a brighter light...I searched all over the internet.
Went to Home Depot etc. No luck.
Not sure why they do not make brighter lights for 2 pin Compact
Fluorescents.

Any suggestions..where I can a brighter 2 pin Compact Fluorescent
light.


FYI....I am not handy.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thanks
Anna

Re: Need help with Compact Fluorescent
Assuming you've tried a new bulb with no improvement your only option -
if you're not very handy as you mentioned - is to replace the fixture
with a new fan/light unit that uses a standard bulb base.  That way you
can try another compact flourescent or go back to a standard
incandescent bulb.  Since the light is not usually left on for long
periods of time, a standard bulb won't cost a lot more operate.  You
could also have a light installed over the mirror which would provide
much better light for touching up makeup as it reflects off the face
better.

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Re: Need help with Compact Fluorescent
Even a max wattage standard incandescent doesn't produce much light out of
our Nutone fan/light fixtures.  I was surprised how much light that plastic
diffuser blocks.  It was MUCH brighter when the cover was off while we
painted the ceiling.  I tried one of those extra bright "krypton" bulbs, but
it didn't help that much.  A separate light for general illumination is
pretty much necessary.

Jeff

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You could just replace the diffuser with a square of clear Lexan.

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Re: Need help with Compact Fluorescent
Not very easy because it is a rectangular molded "box".  And a clear Lexan
panel would be pretty ugly.  I'd like to replace them anyway because those
supposedly "quiet" fans make a lot of noise.

Jeff

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Re: Need help with Compact Fluorescent
Panasonic makes some very quiet fans (albeit a bit pricey) that look
like light fixtures.

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The quietest exhaust fans I've found mount in the attic, away from the
fixture.  I had one in a bathroom we remodeled in my CT home.  The light
fixture was bright and the fan was almost inaudible.  You can use a "duct
booster" fan for the job.  Also, depending on the size and shape of your
bathroom, it may be more effective to use a separate vent and light.

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Regards,
Robert L Bass

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Yep, put a Fantech unit in ours and it's great.  The air moving through the
grille makes just enough noise to let you know it's running.  But no fan
racket at all.  During the renovation and sanding drywall it was interesting
it pulling dust from 6' away.

That and they make a low voltage lamp assembly that fits into the center of
the grille.  Light and exhaust right where you need it without undue AC
voltage risk.


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If the bulb is even a few months old, the constant use it sees in a bathroom
may have caused it to darken considerably.  Bathroom CFLs see very early
degradation because of the typically large number of short on/off cycles per
day.  If it's older than a few months, you should notice a substantial
improvement in the amount of light emitted from the fixture by replacing the
current bulb with a brand new one.

Have you contacted NuTone?  Does there appear to be enough space for a
larger bulb?  A brighter CFL most often means a larger one.  Even if there's
enough space, you have to abide by the wattage and bulb recommendation
marked on the fixture.  It may be that the built-in ballast can't power a
larger bulb.

Installing a second light or a new fan with a larger light bulb(s) would be
the best option, though.  In this horrible housing downturn, I find
contractors are much more willing to return calls and discount their work.
Make some calls.  The electrical lines are already run to the ceiling.  It's
a matter of cutting another hole and "teeing" off the existing unit's wiring
and it might even be possible to do it without needing any repainting.

There's considerable evidence to suggest that living with dim lighting
causes people to become depressed.  I had to add multiple lights to my dim
little bathroom (a single glass fixture over the vanity mirror!) but it was
worth the effort.

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Bobby G.

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