12:45PM | 08/17/06
Member Since: 08/16/06
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This may be a really dumb question, but that is my specialty. I am having a new home built and would like to install light/ceiling fan combos in all the bedrooms myself, as we did in our old home. Question is, can I install these with only a light fixture rough-in or do I need to spend the extra money on an upgraded ceiling fan rough-in? What's the difference?

Thanks in advance :-)


02:30PM | 08/17/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
I don't know the electrican is including.

But you want a FAN RATED box.

Also it is best to run a 3 wire cable between the switch and the fan.

That way you can have separate control of the light and the fan from the wall switch.


03:02PM | 08/17/06
Member Since: 08/16/06
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for your reply! I guess the main reason I ask is because the last house we built, I'm almost positive it was a rough-in only for light fixtures and we had no problem. I'm a little confused between the differences.


06:41PM | 08/17/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Electrically you can make a fan work with jus the standard wiring.

But I find that it is much nicer to be able to set the speed and just flip it on and off at the wallswitch. And you can also dim the light from the wall switch.

Otherwise you are always pulling the chain to cycle through the fan speeds to get the right one.

And about the mounting box. Hard to tell what kind of box that the old house had. But many of them are not strong enough to hold a fan reliably.


04:04PM | 10/29/13
My wife and I had our home build from the ground up about six (6) months ago. We installed ceiling fans in the Family Room, Morning Room, Sitting Room and all five (5) Bedrooms. Unfortunately, our ceiling fan lights dim and remain dim whenever we use our 12 amp vacuum cleaner. The electrician initially told us this occurs because we are using a 12 amp vacuum on a 15 amp circuit. The electrician tested the circuit only to discover that the vacuum is only pulling 10 amps. The electrician then said this occurs because our ceiling fan has a remote controlled dimmer. We informed him that the end table lamps also dim and remain dim until the vacuum is turned off. The electrician then said the dimming is caused by the combination of using a 12 amp vacuum and having ceiling fans with remote controlled dimmers. We borrowed my neighbors 10 amp vacuum and showed him that the light still dim and remain dim when using the 10 amp vacuum. The end table lamps also dimmed and remained dim while using the 10 amp vacuum. We also informed the electrician that the upstairs hallway recess lights dim and remain dim until the vacuum is turned off. Now the electrician is telling us the lights dim and remains dim because the rooms are not wired for ceiling fans. We referred him to my Master Selection Options List (contract) that shows we have ceiling fan rough-in installed in the three of the rooms that has the issue. Do you have any idea what is causing the lights to dim and remain dim while using a 10 and/or 12 amp vacuum?



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