Subscribe or Renew Membership Subscribe Renew

Slow light in Panasonic fan

wooderson's picture

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.



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

YAY!  I love WYSISYG editing!  And Spellcheck!


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.

A Great Place for Information, Comraderie, and a Sucker Punch.

Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


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.

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

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

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