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Wall switches for ceiling fans
« on: April 08, 2021, 01:40:54 PM »
If the bedroom has recessed lighting already, what kind of wall switch makes sense when adding a ceiling fan?

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Re: Wall switches for ceiling fans
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2021, 02:28:57 PM »
Are you trying to add a switch/fan light combo together on an existing single gang?  I assume if existing wires to the jbox are there, you should have a 2nd switch.  If you're adding wiring, the wall area should already be opened up to run the wires, have the electrician make it a 2 gang.


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Re: Wall switches for ceiling fans
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2021, 02:34:34 PM »
I'm adding wiring for a ceiling fan. I will probably pick a ceiling fan without a light (since the room has recessed lighting already). The setup I've seen in some homes is 1 wall switch for the power to the fan and 1 remote (holstered right next to switch) to control fan light and speed. I don't particularly like that and wanted to see what others prefer.

I think in the past I also had one prewired where there were 2 wall switches for the ceiling fan (1 for the fan light and 1 for the fan spinning or not).
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Re: Wall switches for ceiling fans
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2021, 03:03:33 PM »
That's what I have, one switch for the recessed and another for the fan.  The remote is just in a drawer somewhere since the fan I have can be controlled via app or Alexa and the switch. 

It really comes down to preference for the face, I would personally pick a switch that is compatible with Alexa or whatever app/home smart system you use, then you don't need the remote next to the switch and have the flexibility to set timers, turn on/off from phone, and use the switch when walking in and out of the room. 

Option 2 is if you really want nothing there besides your light switch get a fan that can be controlled by remote/app and doesn't need a switch, you lose a bit of flexibility, but if you don't care for a switch or don't like the look, this is the way to go.

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Re: Wall switches for ceiling fans
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2021, 03:21:55 PM »
Cool, thanks for the details on what you've got working! What switch do you use?

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Re: Wall switches for ceiling fans
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2021, 03:48:17 PM »
I'm adding wiring for a ceiling fan. I will probably pick a ceiling fan without a light (since the room has recessed lighting already). The setup I've seen in some homes is 1 wall switch for the power to the fan and 1 remote (holstered right next to switch) to control fan light and speed. I don't particularly like that and wanted to see what others prefer.

I think in the past I also had one prewired where there were 2 wall switches for the ceiling fan (1 for the fan light and 1 for the fan spinning or not).

I didn't like the remote on the wall also. We did the recessed lighting and the fans at the same time so just ended up putting the switch for the lights and the fan in a 2-gang box in all the bedrooms. The remote sits in the nightstand. It's useful having it next to the bed so that you can turn off the fan at night if you need to without getting up, first world problems :). Although if you decide you want the fan on after you have laid down then you need to get up and flick the switch on.

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Re: Wall switches for ceiling fans
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2021, 12:54:10 AM »
Some fan vendors offer wall control that fits in place of a switch. For example this one: https://www.hunterfan.com/collections/ceiling-fan-controls/products/ceiling-fan-accessories-fan-light-dual-slide-wall-control-27182

I looked briefly at the manual and it may require a 3 conductor wire between the fan and that switch.

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Re: Wall switches for ceiling fans
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2021, 05:51:38 AM »
Cool, thanks for the details on what you've got working! What switch do you use?

This is the one I have in the master, only because I'm using their fan, regret not moving all the fans from my old home to the new one.  The other rooms all have the generic switch from the builder.

https://store.bigassfans.com/en_us/haiku-wired-wall-control-1

 

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