3-way switch, ceiling fan add recessed lights

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Old 06-13-07, 04:29 PM
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3-way switch, ceiling fan add recessed lights

I have an existing ceiling fan (with light) wired to 2 3-way switches. I plan to add recessed lights to the room. I would like to control them from the same boxes - new switches - same boxes (single boxes) and be able to dim the recessed lights and control the fan (on/off is fine, variable speed from switch fine also). Power comes from one switch to the next to end with fan.

Can this be done?

I'm limited to the single boxes because of paneling.

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Old 06-13-07, 06:25 PM
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You are never limited to single boxes. You may want to be limited, but you are not.

It is not clear to me what you want to be able to do.

Are you saying that you now want two three way switches in each box, so that you can control either device from either location? Are you saying that you want single switches in each box so that you control one device from one location and the other from the other location?

Understand that a dimmer takes an entire single gang box.

Finally, consider that depending on how you wire it, you MAY have to walk across the room to turn the other device on or off.
 
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Old 06-14-07, 10:20 AM
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You need to pull new cables. Can you pull new cables between the switch boxes and the new light fixtures? On the simplest terms you need to duplicate the existing cables for the lights.
 
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I would like to limit myself to the existing single gang box because the walls are paneled. I would think with wallboard it would be more doable or simpler to add. Is this true? Can I add a double gang or convert the single gang to a double without destroying the paneling?

I want to add 4 recessed light cans to the circuit and be able to dim the recessed lights without affecting the fan. I've seen switches (like Lutron makes) where a dimmer circuit is combined with an on/off circuit in a single switch size. Would this work - using the on/off for the fan and dimmer for the recessed lights?

If I have to resort to each switch controlling each device alone I can live with that but prefer the former.
 
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Old 06-14-07, 12:26 PM
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I don;t know what you mean by "destroying the paneling". Changing a box from single to double gang does not involve much more than enlarging the rectangular hole in the wall. Whether or not you yourself can do this I cannot answer.

In order to control the light and fan separately will involve pulling new wires. Are your prepared to do this? You still have not made it clear what lights you want separate from the fan, and provided all the details.
 
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Old 06-14-07, 12:38 PM
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I want the new recessed lights controlled seperately from the ceiling fan. The ceiling fan now has a light kit which will be removed upon installation of the recessed lights. Is that clearer? Any other details please ask.

As for the double gang, I thought I would need to cut a larger hole than the box.
 
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Old 06-14-07, 12:50 PM
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You thought wrong. Buy and read a book on home wiring. A good book will explain exactly what you need to do.

You will need to run another cable between the switches, or settle for controlling the fan from one location and the light from both and just enlarge one box.
 

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