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Old 10-13-2010, 01:20 AM   #1
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I have a wall switch wired to a ceiling fan with a light. I want to put a dimmer (plain rheostat) in for the light. when reading the fan manual it said specifically NOT to use a dimmer with the fan, though i could use one with the light. and it explains the leads coming out of the fan. my problem is that the cable between the fan and the switch is only two wire + ground.

i guess my real question is how could i pull cable through so that i could hardwire the fan so it's controlled by the pull switch on the fan and the new dimmer controls the light.

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Old 10-13-2010, 08:39 AM   #2
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You would need to pull a new cable between the fan box and the switch box. If you have access from the attic above this area it is fairly easy. If the above is finished you will need to do some cutting and patching of drywall.

When you say only two wires do you mean a black and a white are on the switch?

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Old 10-13-2010, 06:34 PM   #3
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yes, you will have to rerun a new wire.. pick up a 3 wire romex, it will have a black/white/red/ground in it.
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Sheesh, guys!! NO YOU DON'T HAVE TO INSTALL ANY MORE WIRES!!!

Simply install a fan remote kit, which only requires 2 wires for its power. A canopy mounted receiver separates the fan from the light, where you can now dim the lights, as well as control the fan speeds.

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Old 10-14-2010, 01:38 AM   #5
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true, but the pricetag is a bit higher than doing it the other way. though i might look into that if my wiring isnt eaily accesible through the ceiling. also, i lose small things like remotes >.<
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the circuit would be something like this? i know its not too pretty
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the circuit would be something like this? i know its not too pretty
That looks good, but if you are going to all the trouble, add a wall switch for the fan also!
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Here is a remote for $22 - as cheap as the coil of 3 wire cable you will have to buy.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

OR $50 for a unit that is mounted in the switch box - no remote to mislay,

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:19 AM   #9
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well, part of this is that i want to do some of this kind of stuff (pulling new wires and installing new outlets etc) because my dad is deathly afraid of electricity and i kinda wanna show him its not all that difficult even to install your self

and i might be trying to change some outlets over to three prong from polarized two prong.

@ jb the fan has the pull on it and i only want it to have one thing to control it, not a wall switch and the pull selector. but not a bad idea if i wasnt going for one controller

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If you use one of the suggested remotes you will have complete control of the fan speed and be able to dim the light in addition to turning on/off - all from the remote. You can cut the chains off the fan switches (not that I recommend that).

But if you want to practice wiring - do your thing- but make sure you know what you are doing. Replacing 2 wire receptacles with 3 wire a can be quite a first timers task. It not just a matter of changing the receptacle.
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well, based on how easy the access is in my ceiling i may decide to drop another cable down as well and put in a companion dimmer on the other side of the room.

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