What type ceiling fan can be used with a wired wall dimmer switch

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We want to install a ceiling fan with a light in our bedroom. We want to use it with a wired dimmer switch on the wall. Which type works best for that? The ones with hanging pulls or the kind with a remote? Also what size? I read the charts and they say one size for our room, but when I look at the fan description, it almost always says it is for a smaller room than the charts say. I am very confused!

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  • Suzette Suzette on Aug 04, 2017
    The answer here depends on how your wall switch is currently wired. If you have a single wall switch with two wires (one black, one white), the answer is "no" unless you purchase a control specifically designed for this type of switch (Hunter offers three models). The answer is "yes" if you have a three wire set-up in the single wall switch and purchase a more common, dual control that will operate a fan and light separately from a single switch. Having an electrician install a third wire can be expensive. Here's a link to what a dimmer switch looks like for your ceiling fan: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lutron-Skylark-1-5-Amp-Single-Pole-3-Speed-Combination-Fan-and-Light-Control-White-S2-LFSQH-WH/100059262?keyword=ceiling+fans+for+wall+dimmer+switch

    Hope this helps!
  • Shirley Heikkinen Shirley Heikkinen on Aug 04, 2017
    Why not buy one with a remote that has three speeds. All the fans we've ever had (10 or more) say not to use with a dimmer switch. If you find a fan you like that doesn't come with a remote there are remotes intended to be added after market.
  • Kathy Bumsted Kathy Bumsted on Aug 04, 2017
    Depends on what type of fan you purchase. Three wire works best if your outlet is set up for that, if not then you can hire an electrician to change it around and that will be expensive. I would look at your outlet and then decide what you would do whether it be redo the wiring or to make it work for a ceiling fan with a dimmer switch or not. Good luck
  • William William on Aug 04, 2017
    You will need a dimmer switch made to operate a ceiling fan known as a "fan speed controller". Regular dimmer switch can short the fan motor and cause a fire. You will need a three wire dimmer switch. It will operate the light and fan independently.
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 04, 2017
    My hubby needed a ceiling fan in his room because it has no circulation. We found one with a remote control for both the light and the fan and it works perfectly for him since he has mobility problems and he can adjust it when he is in bed during the night. It was not outrageously expensive either.
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 04, 2017
    And about the size of the fan, remember that the fan company wants to sell you a more expensive fan. But so much depends on the ceiling height, how far down the fan hangs, the width across the blades, and the temperature where you live. We run our ceiling fans about ten months a year here in Mesquite, Tx, whether we have the heat or air on. It also helps to have more than one ceiling fan on so the air is circulated throughout the house. Best wishes 😇
  • Ellen Knox Ellen Knox on Aug 05, 2017
    Thanks everyone. Your comments really help.