I recently bought a couple of ceiling fans from HD for my family room
and wired them in parallel. Didn't realize until I came to hook up
switch that it is only rated for 1.5A, and the fans have a 107W max
consumption each, so putting them both on one of the switches is a bit
stretch. I've found some heavier duty (eg 4A or 5A) switches online
am a bit nervous that they may not work with this kind of fan. I
thought fan switches were nothing more than variable voltage
that could be operated at anywhere between zero and full power. Now
Help someone....can I hook up any heavy duty switch to the fans?
Talking about a wall switch. Essentially I am asking whether any "fan
switch" with the right current capacity will work with any fan. I did
find one with variable speeds that handles 2A loads that will be
enough for me. But just concerned that different fans need different
A typical wall switch should be good for about 15 amps. That's
approximately 1,650 watts.
Don't put ceiling fans on a dimmer. Dimmers are designed for light
bulbs--incandescent light bulbs. They do funny things to the waveform
that's delivered to the fan, and the motor doesn't like it. The motors
can burn out. I've seen many clients' fans on dimmers, and the fans hum
If you want to vary the speed from the switch, get a switch that's
designed for the job. They use a remote that sends a signal to an
add-on box that's hidden in the fan's junction box. Some of them have
the remote built into the wall switch, some have a hand-held remote. If
you want to control both with one device, buy two controllers, tune
them to the same code, and save the other remote as a spare.
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