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Old 01-29-2010, 02:21 PM   #1
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Any difference between switches?


I'm planning on installing a bathroom exhaust fan with a light. Is there any difference between the switches made by the companies that specialize in exhaust fans, such as Fantech, and a regular ceiling fan switch? I realize they both control fan speeds and when the light is on or off, but are the ones made for bathroom fans sealed up better to control moisture or anything like that?
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Just the label on the box. Most of those brand-specific switches are OEM, with their own label on the box, but made by a different outfit. Same guts, different coat.

Doubtful there is any internal difference specific to being installed in a room that might have elevated levels of humidity from time to time.
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Just the label on the box. Most of those brand-specific switches are OEM, with their own label on the box, but made by a different outfit. Same guts, different coat.

Doubtful there is any internal difference specific to being installed in a room that might have elevated levels of humidity from time to time.
Steam and humidity are not combustible. Therefore, the switches need not be in a NEMA listed enclosure. As opposed to an installation in a dusty environment, especially paint vapor, which is extremely combustible.!
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