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Old 06-01-2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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I am running a new 20A circuit to a bedroom and wiring 1 ceiling fan and 4 can lights. I am running all new wiring so i want to be sure its correct before i start. I am running 12/2 from the panel to power the 2 dimmer switchs. Then 12/3 from 1 dimmer to the fan and 12/3 from the other dimmer to the can lights.

Is this correct? Please help i am getting all stressed out

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Old 06-01-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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First off, make sure the dimmer switches you are planning to use are compatible with the fixtures they are controlling. In this case, it sounds like you want to use one dimmer for the lights, and one for the ceiling fan, although you did not exactly say that. Not all dimmers are compatible with all types of lights, for example my kitchen pendants are low voltage (12V) and require a special dimmer that is compatible with the light transformers. Certain types of CFL bulbs are not dimmable, so you need to start by making certain that your fixtures and bulb selection is dimmable.

As for the 12/3, that is usually used when you are installing threeway switches. But you did not say you wanted threeway switches, so I don't understand why you need 12/3 rather than 12/2 to the fan and lights. Perhaps you can explain what you are trying to do.

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Also, do you plan on having a light kit on the fan?
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:51 AM   #4
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I am entertaining 2 options.
1. Fan light combo with a singe fan-light combo dimmer.
Or
2. Fan without light kit and 4 can lights. I am undesided if I am using a seperate dinner for the cans and one for the fan or a singe combo fan-light dimmer to control both. I am looking for the easiest solution.

Any suggestions would be awesom. My gut says fan only with can lights and use a combo dimmer. Thoughts?
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Also my room is 12' x 8', how many 4" cans should I use
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Another thing to keep in mind is you need a fan rated dimmer to control a fan, your normal dimmer will not work or will cause issues like damaging the switch or fan or potentially fire
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I am aware of the specific dimmer for fan control. Any suggesstions about the wiring
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Thanks for all the help
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you need a fan rated dimmer to control a fan
It is a fan control, a motor control, or a speed control. It is not a dimmer.

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