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OU1967

12:37PM | 02/03/06
Member Since: 02/02/06
2 lifetime posts
I have a chandiler 600 watts of bulbs and a ceiling fan controlled by one wall switch-just on or off. The ceiling is very tall/beamed and I need a wireless switch that I can install to the light fixture so that is can be turned off and I can still use the ceiling fan. Do anyone have any ideas/suggestions or options?

Billhart

03:59AM | 02/04/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
X-10 system has a module that will go into a box to control a light.

www.smarthome.com has a large collection of different modules, plug-in, switches, and wireless controls. Both in X-10 and standalone systmes.


OU1967

05:08AM | 02/04/06
Member Since: 02/02/06
2 lifetime posts
Hi,

Thanks for the reply. The wattage has been the problem. I tried X-10 but no one there could tell me that their switch could handle the wattage. No one could answer that and I have already burned one wireless switch I tried. I will try Smarthome today.

bink

06:55AM | 02/04/06
Member Since: 01/18/99
47 lifetime posts
I checked the X-10 site and their swiches will handy up to 500 watts. A tad shy.

Let us know how it works out.

Billhart

07:17AM | 02/04/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
First of all X-10 is not the only brand of X-10 products.

Look at these.

http://www.smarthome.com/prodindex.asp?catid=19

Upto 30 amp at 240.

The 15 amp unit is probably what you need.

Note that the high powered units are just on off, not dimmable.

BTW, what is above this ceiling. If it is attic space then there are other options for rewiring, with out any surface damage.

Even if not there you might still want to look at rewiring so that you can get a separate high power dimmer for the light and a separate controls for the the fan and the fan lights.

Depending on the detials of construction the amount of damage that needs to be repaired can be minimalized.




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