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Slow light in Panasonic fan

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I just installed a Panasonic FV-08VSL2 bath fan/light.  The fan works great and is extremely quiet.  The issue that I am having is that the light takes a really long time to come on.  I flip the switch a have to wait a full 2 seconds for the light to come on.  The bulb is a CFL with a GX24q-3 pin base.  I believe the ballast is in the light itself and not in the bulb base like other screw in CFLs.

Have any of you guys dealt with this issue?  Is there a way to speed this light up?  I have tried 2 different bulbs and the slowness is the same.  This is in my own house and it is just too long to wait for a bulb to light up.  Thanks for any help.

 

Wood

I'd guess it's the CFL; some (post #207035, reply #1 of 7)

I'd guess it's the CFL; some take a while to get going. Try it with an incandescent bulb (borrow one from the fridge?) to see if the delay stops.

The light only accepts a CFL (post #207035, reply #2 of 7)

The light only accepts a CFL with a GX24q-3 pin type base.  If it had a screw in base, then I would be okay, but it does not.

Call Panasonic, they might be (post #207035, reply #3 of 7)

Call Panasonic, they might be aware of the problem

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I would also call Panasonic (post #207035, reply #4 of 7)

I've installed several of those fans and never had a lamp take "too" long to start.

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Good things (post #207035, reply #5 of 7)

I have heard a lot of good things about Panasonic vent fan/lights.  That is why I went with this brand.  I may call the company to see if they have a solution.  In the time it takes the lamp to come on, I can walk all the way in the bathroom and back, which is 10 feet each way.  That is way too slow.

What do you mean by "come (post #207035, reply #6 of 7)

What do you mean by "come on"?. Pretty much all CFLs start out much dimmer than they end up -- it takes anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes to reach full brightness.  But the lamp should achieve about half brightness immediately.


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No light at all (post #207035, reply #7 of 7)

There is no light at all for a full 2 seconds.