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Old 06-04-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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I will be running new wires to a master bedroom renovation and would like to wire the ceiling fan (a Hunter) so I can control the light and fan independently from two locations. For example: one switch for the light one switch for the fan at the entrance to the room. Second set of switches at bedside. How would I wire for that?

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Power to the first switch location.
One set of 3 wires for each switch, in this case 2 sets to the next awitches.
One set of 3 wire cable from 2nd set of switches to the fan box

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Honestly, I would just wire one set of switches and buy a fan with a remote. But if you are really set on two sets of switches, I (or someone else) can draw something up for you.
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I'll check to see if a remote module can be added to the fan, but I'm also trying to cut down on the remotes on the nightstand! If someone wants to unleash the inner artist and draw me a diagram that would be great. Thanks for your suggestion k_buz
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Until a diagram is shown just think of this as a three way switch setup. Power to SW1, xx-3 cable to SW2 and then xx-3 to the fan. Black would be one common, red would be the other common.
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this diagram shows two sets of 3-way switches. Grounds are not shown for ease of drawing.
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little modification so that both left switches are for fan and both right switches for light
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Looks good to me.
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heres another way with power coming into the light fixture. Would need a large box at the light fixture to accomodate two-12/2 cables and three 12/3 cables. Unless someone can condense it.
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How would this (3 way for both fan and light) work if one of the fan switches is a speed/direction controller? Also, would it be possible for someone to post a diagram where the power enters at one switch location, with the fan in the middle, then the other switch location on the end?

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For speed control, you can just substitute a 3-way speed control for one of the fan switches shown in Hammerlane's drawing.

Direction control is normally on the fan. If you want it on a wall control, there are only a limited number of fans with that feature. If you are going for one of those, post the make and model of it.
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I don't have a fan yet. Doing a remodel and just getting the wiring situated.

I didn't realize there are three way speed switches. However, mostly I just need the light on three way. I think I will just run another red/black/white romex from the first to the second light switch location.

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heres another way with power coming into the light fixture. Would need a large box at the light fixture to accomodate two-12/2 cables and three 12/3 cables. Unless someone can condense it.

this would not be CODE COMPLIANT ...

Both the Black and the White -FEED- ( and ground ) must be run to the switch first ...

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this would not be CODE COMPLIANT ...
Are you sure about that? 2009 NEC?? Not 2011.

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