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Old 12-07-2010, 09:48 PM   #1
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does the electrical code require a wall switch for a ceiling fan with a light? what about a fan without a light?
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As I understand code, certain rooms require either an outlet or a light controlled by a switch at the room entrance. If your ceiling fan is to serve as such a light for such a room, then I suggest that being a fan does not relieve it from the requirement to be switch-controlled.

But, this is just my speculation based on logic. Hopefully, a code guru will confirm or clarify.
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If you do not have a wall switch, you will soon wear out the pull chain switch in the fan. And after it running on high speed all night while you are trying to sleep., you will wish you had a wall switch. Personally I like 2 wall switches, one for the fan and one for the light.
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You can do both with remote add on.
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Remotes are for situations where adding a switch is difficult and people who can't do wiring.
If you use a remote or just the pull-chain, you will wish you installed a switch.
And I also vote for two switches.
If you have bare walls or easy acess run some wires for two switches.
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I disagree with you people can have it anyway they want. wall switch, with remote, two wall switches with remote, no wall switch remote, remember remote no pull chains, speed control and dim control built in.

People just have to decide what they want and how bad they want it.

A lot of people would disagree with you as far as the knowledge comment add on remotes still are a challenge for the average home owner. Beside that we aren't talking knowledge here we're talking switches and remotes.
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The advantage to having a wall switch, even with a remote is:

If the remote (or the remote battery and you do not a have a replacement handy) dies, you can still turn off the fan and light.

As far as using only pull chains: I have replaced more that a few for people who broke the chain off in the switch.
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