Ceiling fan / light with 4 speed fan control & dimmer

Old 11-20-09, 08:16 AM
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Ceiling fan / light with 4 speed fan control & dimmer

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this, but wanted to double check in case there is anything I can do to workaround this...

I bought a Hampton Bay Depalm ceiling fan/light from Home Depot. It came with it's own switch which has a dimmer control for the light & a 4 speed fan control (picture below).

The ceiling fan/light it's replacing was on one switch that powered both the light & the fan. I controlled fan speed, etc with the pull chains.

The *new* fan does not have any controls on it (no pull chain, etc).

So, of course when I wire it the way the old fan was, the dimmer control on the switch controls both the light & the fan. So what I did was not hook up the power to the fan so as not to harm the fan motor with the dimmer switch.

I think the only way I can use the fan is if I run a new wire from the ceiling outlet to the wall switch. But I wanted to make doubly sure before searching for an electrician to do this for me. ((I'm a single mom & this is my first home, so I'm trying to do as much as I can on my own to save $))

In the wall:
* Wall switch: two wires, one black & one white. No neutral. Here's a picture of how I wired it to the switch that came with the fan:
* Switch's Fan & light wires (blue wire & black wire) connected to black wire in wall
* Switch's b/w wire labeled "a/c in" connected to white wire in wall
* Switch's green/white wire hooked to switch box screw for grounding

In the Ceiling:
* Out of the ceiling are 3 white wires
* 2 of the white wires were twisted together and hooked to the old fan's light & fan wires, so I connected this to the light wire for the new fan
* The single white wire from the ceiling I connected to the fan's white wire (as the old fan was connected - I assume this is a neutral?)
* Fan's green wire grounded.
* Capped off the fan's "fan" wire

Since there is only one white wire coming to the wall switch, I'm assuming there is no way to have separate power controls here for the fan & light without running a new wire directly from the fan to the wall switch. Correct?

Here are diagrams for the wiring from the instructions:


Thanks for your help!
- Carly
Old 11-20-09, 08:29 AM
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Yes. You need to replace the 2-conductor cable with a three conductor. Remark the white of the three conductor blue on both ends with tape or marking pen.

The white can actually be remarked any color but white or green. Just suggesting blue to maintain color code.

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