10:31AM | 06/12/05
Member Since: 06/11/05
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Just bought first house, it's 18 years old. A couple of the rooms have ceiling fans where the fan and light are controlled with 1 switch. If possible, we would like to have each controlled by an individual switch. I've replaced one of the switches, and what I saw was 2 black wires together and 2 white wires, which went to the switch.


10:56AM | 06/12/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
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That does not sound right have JUST 2 blacks and 2 whites connected together.

Is that all there is in box, 2 cables, with only 2 wires (plus grounds)?

Now one posbility is that you have 2 white wires connected together and the black from one connects to one terminal on the switch and the black from the other to the other switch.

Now there are other possibilities, but they require either another cable or cable(s) with 3 wires.

As to your question. There are kits available at the home horror stores that have a remote control unit that mounts in the box for the ceiling fan. The come in two flavors. One use a small remote control.

The other type the controller replaces the switch.

And they give you independent control of the fan and light.


02:08PM | 06/15/05
Member Since: 06/11/05
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The only wires in the wall box are the 2 white and 2 black, with the 2 black being together and the whites going to the terminals on the switches.

If additional wires need to be added for independant control, I'm more than willing to do so. I have a little experience with wiring from college, minoring in electrical engineering.


02:49PM | 06/15/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
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"The only wires in the wall box are the 2 white and 2 black, with the 2 black being together and the whites going to the terminals on the switches."

The neutrals (whites) should be tied together and the hots (blacks) connected to the switch.

However, that makes me suspect that there might be other problems with with wiring.

That said if it is practical to replace the 2 wire cable from the switch to the fan then you can use conventials controls.

If not you can use one of these controls.

First 2 itmes.

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