How do I change the light bulbs on my Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan?

A site visitor recently visited our site. They have a Hampton Bay Miramar ceiling fan, model 74-WB with a 60 inch blade span. They asked: how do we change the candelabra light bulbs in our Hampton Bay Miramar Ceiling Fan?

Here is the answer on how to change light bulbs in a Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan below:

First of all, in order to get at the bulb which is in the lower globe housing, you need to unscrew some screws. On this particular Miramir fan, there will be three screws which hold the globe in place. Once those three screws are removed, remove the fourth screw also. Now, turn or rotate the globe. The screw holes should line up with the screws, allowing the globe to be pulled down. The globe will still be in place though with a cable, this is a safety cable so that the globe does not fall down and smash. The safety cable should hold the globe in place; however it’s a good idea to have a friend or family member on hand to assist with this so the globe does not fall and smash. The globe falling down and smashing is a very common issue many homeowners face.

The above is how you access a single bulb in a lower globe housing. If you need to access the lights in the top of the globe, then you need to unscrew the screws from the covers. These are a lot smaller. The reason for this is because the bulbs are quite small – think of night lights. The covers measure approximately 1.5 inches by 4.5 inches, and there should be four covers. You’ll need a Phillips head screw driver, and unscrew the two Phillips screws on each end of the cover. Then, lift up the end that pops up. This cover will slide away. The bulb socket is then exposed.

Hampton Bay Lighting 65 Watt Bulbs
Depending on where you’re looking, you may or may not be able to find Hampton Bay light bulbs that meet your requirements. Many site visitors report that the bulbs in their fans are far too dim, and don’t provide enough light. Often you may want to install bulbs that are of a higher wattage. Just make sure you don’t exceed the fan’s maximum capacity for wattage.

One of the things we hear from site visitors, is that the bulbs they have in their fans is insufficient. The Miramar, as an example has a 120 watt total energy capacity for its bulbs. This does not do a great job of lighting a larger room. The largest size bulb you can buy for the lower globe is 60 watts, however Home Depot no longer carries these. The largest size they now carry is a 40 watt bulb. If looking for a 60 watt bulb therefore, try lighting stores that specialize in bulbs. You could also look on Amazon for a 60 watt bulb.