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Old 07-31-2007, 12:44 PM   #1
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I just installed a new hunter ceiling fan and want to install a fan/light dimmer switch. When I removed the old dimmer switch I found there are 2 black wires and 2 non-equal length, twisted bare copper wires comming out of the circuit box. There is also a capped white wire that was not attached to the original dimmer and looks to be attached to the light switch next to the circuit box.

The dimmer that I purchased is a hunter dimmer with 3 wires, 1 red, 1 blue and 1 black. I have tried to attach from the new dimmer the black to the bare copper, 1 red wire to the black wire and the 1 blue wire to the other black wire. (Needless to the say the spark scared the ____ out of me when I turned the circuit breaker back on).

Can someone tell me what I need to do to install the dimmer correctly. What wires go with what?
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Can someone tell me what I need to do to install the dimmer correctly. What wires go with what?
Can you provide the part number of the dimmer that you purchased?

And also FYI, the bare wire is a ground, the white wire is the neutral, and one of the black wires is a hot and the other is the switch leg going to the fan.
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Hunter Dimmer Model number: 27182
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Hunter Dimmer Model number: 27182
That one is a dual control unit... one speed control for the fan and a dimmer for the light. You don't have enough wiring to do both. Hook the hot to the black and the other black (switch leg) to the red. Cap off the blue. That will control the fan. And get a wire nut on those grounds if you got one.

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Thanks, which is the switch leg and what is a wire nut?

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Thanks, which is the switch leg?
It's the black wire that is going to the ceiling fan. The other black should be the hot.
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Would a green ground wire work instead of the wire nut?
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Would a green ground wire work instead of the wire nut?
I'm a little confused with your question. Do you see the wire nut on the two white wires? See if you can do the same thing to the two bare ground wires with another wire nut.
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Sorry, being a novice I didn't understand the term "wire nut". Thanks for the help. 1 last question...what type of dimmer should I get to make the fan and the light work?
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Sorry, being a novice I didn't understand the term "wire nut". Thanks for the help. 1 last question...what type of dimmer should I get to make the fan and the light work?
In order to control the fan and have a separate dimming control for the light you will have to get another wire from your switch box up to the ceiling fan. Is this possible? If so, your new wire will hook to the blue on your Hunter 27182 and the other end "should" hook to the blue wire up at the ceiling fan. That should be the wire for the light. Or... you could get a fan with remote control and be done with it.



And for the record, I've scoured the internet on your dimmer switch and you're not the first to get confused. Evidently Hunter has not produced very good documentation or drawings on this. I've also found some contradictory information about the hook up. If my suggestions don't work then post back a reply and we'll try something else.

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FYI, your dimmer/controler is probably trash now. If you saw a spark, the electronics are fried.

How many wires were at the fan when you wired it?

If the answer is, Black, White, Bare this style controler will not work.
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Actually, I just put back the original dimmer. It seems to be my best option.

The reason I was replacing the old dimmer was because there was a hum comming from the fan and I thought that the dimmer was the reason. I was wrong. The fan is making a low "humming" sound when turned on high. The lower the setting the softer the sound (of course). When I turn on the lights the sound is softer then when the lights are off.

What would be the cause of this sound?

Also, there is about 3-4 ft of excess wire under the cover at the top of the fan. Would the excess wire have anything to do with the sound?

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