Then the lights on the ceiling fan went out and somebody had to figure it out, so I pulled the light kit off. No apparent problem. I called in The Helpful Neighbor, who has a tester and, more importantly, the brains to use it. We determined that power was coming into the unit.
The puzzler is that there is very little that can fail in this system. The only thing between the wall switch and the light bulbs is wire and a $3 pull switch, and the switch tested just fine.
After an inordinate amount of troubleshooting, The Helpful Neighbor noticed a component about half the size of my little fingernail buried among the wires. We speculated on its purpose, since you don’t really need electronics to run a light. I suggested that it was planted by the NSA to spy on us.
Before we bypassed it to see if it was the point of failure, I decided to Google ‘y59 r 130c b03 27038’ to make sure we wouldn't regret it. It took us several minutes to recover from reading the link at the top of the search results.
From what I understand, this is part of the Dept. of Energy's efforts to monitor energy consumption. Supposedly, fan tech isn't what it should be, and new regs are costing manufacturers more to make the product. Essentially, it's an energy efficiency research thing. (I'll buy it if you will.)
It's the thing with the thing about the thing and the thing.
Lol! It's a current limiter that prevents people from using lamps with a higher power than specified. This is a safety device required by UL; it reduces the probability of your house burning down. The "government" that might care about this would be your local electrical inspector.
It's a wattage limiter. Local electrical inspectors wouldn't even know what their looking at because of it transistorized figuration.
Did you get the lights on?
Yes. Just remove that little POS, from being between the switch and the input wire...reconnect the two wires together without it being there. Put your light kit back up on the ceiling fan and use it like it was still 1980. Just be smart enough to use appropriate bulbs, say no more than maybe 15 watts, and you'll be fine.
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