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Fix'n it 12-25-2012 10:29 AM

modern dimmers ?
i am going to be putting 2 ceiling fans in a newly finished complete gut room.
i want dimmers on the new ceiling fans, that i have yet to buy.

what i want to know is : how do i go about buying compatible dimmers, fans and bulbs ?

i ask, because i have had issues with this in the past.

rjniles 12-25-2012 10:36 AM

I would buy a fan that uses regular Edison base lamps. Then decide whether you want incandescent, CFL or LED lamps. Make sure the ones you buy are dimmable (if CFL or LED). Wire a hot and neutral to the switch box and a 3 wire cable up to the ceiling box. Buy a dimmer compatible with the type lamps.

kbsparky 12-25-2012 10:55 AM

Something like this would be appropriate:

Edit to add: You would need one of these for EACH fan.

ddawg16 12-25-2012 11:44 AM

Here is a good reference on the different types of dimmers available...

teamo 12-25-2012 11:52 AM

You need a switch like kbsparky posted. You don't use a dimmer on the fan motor. You need a fan speed switch for fan speeds and a dimmer for the light kit on the fan.

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