Ceiling Fan light keeps on blinking

by Guest12778124  |  11 years, 2 month(s) ago

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I have hunter ceiling fan with remote and light (not sure what model - don't see it). When I turn it on the wall switch, the light keep on blinking and the fan is turning slowly. The remote has no effect. What is the problem?

 Tags: blinking, ceiling, Fan, light



  1. Guest28163258
    yes, that worked great

  2. Guest28142551

     I'll add one more thanks for this fix. After I found the pesky 98480X box and cut it out, everything works fine. An easy fix and now my wife will let me stay a little longer.

  3. Guest28127493

     Yes, a great solution from Guest21912699.  My Hunter is working perfectly now after your solution from 3+ years ago.  Thank you very much and I hope that by now they have solved this issue.  I bet they sold many new units because people thought they were defective or needed replacements.  Low level of integrity from the company that makes Hunter ceiling fans - they should have recalled.  BTW, I was using 15 Watt bulbs when my lights started flashing - far below the 60W max indicated on the unit.

  4. Guest28112035

    This was a great fix.  We took the box out and rewired and now the fan works perfectly.   Shame on you hunter fans for not recalling this part.


  5. Guest28104613

    10/19/2013- Had same problem and had forgotten about the hesitation the light would have upon being turned on.  Also removed our "Littleblack box" as was suggested and it worked!!  I think Hunter should do a recall!!  Thanks y'all!!



  6. Guest27044111

    Thanks for the tip, it was that junk part. just take it out and it works great!!!

  7. Guest24998115


    HAHAAA!!  Saturday morning found this before going to replace entire fan.  Worked like a charm.  Feels like I stuck it to the man.  Now I can sit and read the paper whilst having coffee.  Many thanks.

  8. Guest24990449

    I'm a chick and I followed it and fixed it.  thank you for your guidance!

  9. lsle95


  10. Guest24951122

    We have a Hunter  fan that the lights were blinking on and off when turning on. I bypassed the remote switch part# 98480-02 (black box). It worked great. Thanks for the tip!

  11. lels55


  12. Guest24940602

    I consider myself a pretty handy guy but when I saw my daughters ceiling fan blinking I did not know what to do.  Thanks for the info on the (98480-02) horrible black box.  Took it out and wa la fix, and the delay on the switch was fixed too. Black box in fan just another thing to keep idiots who don't follow directions from burning their house down, and a pain in the but for the rest of us.  thanks so much for the info.

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  15. Guest24925055

    yeah!!! my marriage is saved


  16. Guest24922351

    Hunter Fan lights started blinking. Lights always came on a split second after turning on the wall switch anyway. Looked up solutions, this bypass method WORKS! Two weeks to order the part, company coming tomorrow.  Situation fixed today. Thank you!!!

  17. Guest24810290

    the lights in the ceiling fan keeps blinking - it's been up over a year and just stated doing this.

  18. Guest24726057

    A great find!!  My Hunter fan developed the light blinking problem within a year of purchase and I was using only two 40-watt bulbs.

    I removed and bypassed the offending part 98480-02 and all is well.

  19. Guest24693016

    I do not know why Hunter even put the d**n thing in to begin with.  The repair worked perfect! Thanks everyone!! Saved me $$$!!! I am thinking about mailing the watt limiter back to them!!!

  20. Guest24600614

    Just did this with my Hampton Bay - Bay Island II ceiling fan. The lights would come on and then immediately turn off and I would hear a clicking sound. The fan would still work fine but no lights. The bulbs were well within the wattage limit (3 x 40watt - limit was 190w) Removed the wattage limiter and hey presto, it now works fine.

    The wattage limiter part number was : e216171 / Model PL-190B. It is a black box with 3 wires coming out of it, and has circuitry inside it.

    I was nervous about doing this & took my time tracing the wires back.
    Remember to flick the circuit breaker off before cutting any wires!



  21. Guest24284614

     I have a Casablanca Academy Series ceiling fan and light (purchased mid-July 2011).  The light worked one evening, maybe two.  I next used it in mid-August and found the light turned on for 2 to 4 seconds and mysteriously turned off.  This happened regardless of using the wall switch or the light chain.  I contacted Casablanca and they said I needed to work with my local dealer.  Fortunately, the semi-retired repairman knew exactly the issue and it turned out to be the Hunter 98480X (98480-03).  Prior to his visit, the repairman asked me to take out 2 of the 3 40 watt bulbs that came with the ceiling fan but I still had the same problem.  After he removed the 98480X, the problem was solved.  The 98480X says it is rated up to 300 watts.  

    I will think twice about buying Hunter and even Casablanca for including junk components in their light assemblies.  A quick Google search shows this is a common issue and I found people asking questions as far back as 2008.  As far as I am concerned, neither Casablanca or Hunter should require their customers to make this kind of repair without at least minimally offering to ship a replacement light assembly.  Yes, the repair is not difficult but customers should be able to expect more from these brands.  The only concern I have now is if a person uses bulbs of the wrong type (maybe the next homeowner) raising a fire hazard so, even though the problem is immediately solved, I still have to go through the hassle of getting a replacement part or light assembly from Casablanca and hope it doesn't have the same 98480X part.

  22. Guest23954574

    Thanks for the info...just did it myself.  Works like a charm.

  23. Guest23343708

    This solution worked for us also. We live an hour and a half from a Lowes or Home Depot so we have been without a great room light for about 3 weeks. We were going tomorrow to buy a new light/ceiling fan so I was shopping online, then the idea crossed my mind to type in the problem and "BAM" there it was with a quick and easy solution! Love the internet!

  24. Guest23087980

    Great advice !!!!! I was surprised, the best understanding i have of electricity is that i stay away from it and hopefully it stays away from me. I removed the  98480X part number 98480-02. componet every thing works fine. Thank you

  25. Guest22894647

    Ditto on the problem and the solve.  I love the internet and I love that people help other people!


  26. Guest22759390

    Same problems as everyone else....same solution.

    Thanks for the help.


  27. Guest22724342

     I had this exact same problem with my Hunter fan and took the recommended action indicated above.  Just as indicated, I removed the capacitor marked "98480-02", applied white wire to white wire and red wire to black wire and the lights worked perfectly afterwards!  I bought a Hunter fan believing they would be better quality, and I am disappointed that after only about a year, I had to go through this to have a working light on my fan.  Definitely will remember for my next fan purchase.  Thanks to the people above for the information!!!!  

  28. Guest22705374

    Thank you!  I was about to replace my Hunter ceiling fan/light all together (due to blinking lights) until I stumbled upon this blog.  I simply took out part # 98480-02 as recommended, and it's working better than ever! 

  29. Guest22565391

    DaVinci code is cracked for sure!!  We had the same blinking lights problem (after lights on ceiling fan worked fine for almost a year after installation), plus the lights hesitated for a second when wall switch was turned on (which started from the beginning after installation). Removing the watt limiter (governor) part # 98480-02 and reconnecting wires solved the blinking lights on our ceiling fan perfectly, PLUS the light does not hesitate coming on once the walll switch is flipped anymore.  Thanks for the help...just be sure not to exceed the light bulb wattage for your unit. We have a Hunter ceiling fan with light; model # 23281 which states that the light kit cannot exceed a combined 190 the 3 bulbs @ 60 watts each are fine.

  30. Guest22358331

    Thank you.  I bypassed part no: 98480-02 and that solved the problem.

    Guess I cracked the Divinci Code.

  31. Guest22109337

    Thanks very much, Guest21912699. I pulled out the offending part as you recommended and my lights are working fine now. I am using the correct wattage bulbs - which you're mostly bound to with the candleabra-size sockets. I pulled the circuit board out of the part and sure enough, the sole capacitor has the dome of death. I don't understand why a company with Hunter's reputation and lifetime warranty would skimp a few cents to put in a cheap capacitor versus a quality capacitor which would last. It costs them dollars in the long run to fix a simple problem that they could've avoided by doing it right the first time.

    A few months ago I had a similar issue with a View[sub]Sonic computer monitor. I simply replaced six cheap capacitors at a cost of about $5.50 with some help from Tom's Hardware web site. The monitor has been working flawlessly since the repair. ViewSonic does not include lifetime warranties, so it was either replace the monitor for $150+ or fix it for just a few bucks.

  32. Guest21912699

    Wow - countless forums with this question and this was the only one with the correct answer! Guest19656576 hit the nail on the head. There is a small part in the light kit of the fan connected to the lighting circuit. The part is relatively common to these fans and is most likely in yours as well. The sticker on the side of it shows model 98480X part number 98480-02. Clip the leads to remove this part and wire-nut the wires back together bypassing it (black/red to black and white to white). This will get your unit back to normal and the switches will still work. I spoke with Hunter and this part has nothing to do with the remote control features of the fan. It is a wattage limiter. If you attempt to put bulbs into the fan that are higher than the recommended wattage this unit steps the voltage down to prevent overheating and possible electrical issues. Removing it will not prevent the fan from functioning but you should be aware that it is in there by federal regulation requirement and without it you could risk electrical failure or fire if you put bulbs in that are too high a wattage. If you call the manufacturer to report the issue they will send you a new lighting housing for your unit which will have a new limiter in it and solve your issue as well. In my case I needed the light working so I bypassed it then requested the part. In the meantime I just made sure that the bulbs I was using were well within spec. In my case the limiter was just on the light, but depending on the model or how the wires were nutted together by your electrician if the fan was also nutted on after this device it would certainly have issues as your bulbs would now be limited to the total wattage of the bulbs and fan combined. Hope this helps all!

  33. Guest21779088

    Worked for me...  my board had a bad capacitor (all nice pregnant)


     Receiver for remote control of light goes bad over time. To bypass this defective component. Take the light kit off (3 screws) and unplug the modular plug. Trace wires from lights back to a small box in the light kit containing electronic components (you can see circuit board, capacitors etc - in my case this was part # 98480-02). This is what will be bypassing or replacing. In my case the fan did not come with a remote, so I removed & bypassed this box. (white wire to white, red wire to black. Light now works fine, no blinking


  34. Guest19656576
    Receiver for remote control of light goes bad over time. To bypass this defective component. Take the light kit off (3 screws) and unplug the modular plug. Trace wires from lights back to a small box in the light kit containing electronic components (you can see circuit board, capacitors etc - in my case this was part # 98480-02). This is what will be bypassing or replacing. In my case the fan did not come with a remote, so I removed & bypassed this box. (white wire to white, red wire to black. Light now works fine, no blinking.
  35. Guest19597622
    hunter fans suck
  36. Guest16867319
    Sorry Leonardo, that is a bullshit response. I have the same problem, will find the answer and report back.
  37. Guest13157328
    Exactly the same issue with same fan and remote. Please post back your fix if you get one.
  38. Leonardo
    Often times you will find a spin switch on the side of the fan. This spin switch may be a dimmer switch, a three position switch, or a simple on off switch. Sometimes this switch if a dimmer is left dimmed down but when it heats up it stays on. Sometimes this spin or pull switch has a bad connection at the switch points. Way to test this switch to be the problem is to open the fan cowling and bypass the switch by wire nutting the wires together between the power to that switch and the wire to the light fixture. Often times a wire nut is with a loose connection inside this fan also. Often times the wires connected in the cone at the ceiling has a loose connection also. One wire often runs the fan and one wire often runs the lights in that cone at the light box.

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