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03:04PM | 10/09/05
Member Since: 10/08/05
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Is it possible to install a ceiling fan remote without installing it inside the ceiling unit? It seems that it takes the power wires and redistributes the power to the fan and the lights. Why can't it just be wired next to the wall switch (assuming I can find a box big enough). I'm not relishing the thought of removing the entire ceiling fan -- especially since it's in a bedroom and the bed under the fan is an air bed that is a beast to move.


05:13PM | 10/09/05
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
If the fan is wired to a switch, you can replace that switch with a fan control that will control speed and on/off. What you will not be able to do from the switch is reverse the fan.


07:07PM | 10/09/05
Member Since: 10/08/05
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Using a rheostat or equivalent to control fan speed would be fine, but I'm talking about controlling both fan speed and the lights. That process is handled with a remote gadget that is supposedly wired into the upper part of the canopy

My question is whether that device can be installed in the wall instead of the canopy, since the only input for the device is black and white (and blue) wires for the basic power and lights.


08:29PM | 10/09/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
There are several types of hardwired, box mounted fan controls.

One type is a speed control, including on/off.

The other type includes the fan control along with a light dimmer. They are all fit in the space of a standard "decor" style switch and fit in a standard box.

If you have acess to all 3 fan wires (fan, light, and neutral) then you can wire in one these.

All home horror stores have them.

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