Ceiling fan light switch two wire versus three wire

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Old 10-27-05, 12:58 PM
handofpurpos
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Ceiling fan light switch two wire versus three wire

I just bought a new Ceiling fan light switch which was a three wire (red, blue, and black wires), but when I removed the ceiling fan light to replace the three wire switch, I found that it had a two-wire switch installed instead. Will this three wire switch still work in place of the two wire switch, and if so, how? Thank you.
 
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Old 10-27-05, 01:10 PM
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No. Ceiling fan controls are sold in both 2-wire or 3-wire versions. The 2-wire version is typically about twice the cost, and includes an additional box which must be installed up at the ceiling under the fan's bell housing. A Hunter 27186 is an example of a 2-wire control, and costs about $40 at most home centers.
 
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Old 10-28-05, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by handofpurpos
I just bought a new Ceiling fan light switch which was a three wire (red, blue, and black wires), but when I removed the ceiling fan light to replace the three wire switch, I found that it had a two-wire switch installed instead. Will this three wire switch still work in place of the two wire switch, and if so, how? Thank you.
I bet you mean capacitor (little black rectangle).

In that case, possibly, if the sum of the two vales on the new capacitor equals that of the old.
 
 

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