Options for bathroom fan & light on 14-2?


Old 10-29-09, 06:38 PM
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Options for bathroom fan & light on 14-2? Remote?

I'd like to replace the bathroom fan and upgrade to one with a light, separately operable. Any way to do this without changing the in-wall wiring from 14-2 to 14-3?

Does anyone know of a remote-operated fan-light where you could have 14-2 powering the whole unit and then a remote to turn the fan or light off-on? Wouldn't it be nice if you could have a remote that switches the various functions at the unit, rather than at the wall box?



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Old 10-29-09, 06:53 PM
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I have never seen one. The other issue would be no space in the thimble sized junction box to install it in.
Old 10-29-09, 06:53 PM
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If power comes in at the fan only the switch loop needs to be changed. If power comes in at the switch you could just add a 14-2 but because of limited space in fan connection box 14-3 would be better.
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If there's room inside the fan housing (doubtful), I don't see why you could use a remote designed for a ceiling fan and light. It's essentially the same thing. The only potential disadvantage I could see is that the "fan dimmer" function might cause your vent fan to either not work or buzz. Might be worth a try if you really don't want to swap cables.
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