regular dimmer switch on a fan?

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regular dimmer switch on a fan?

Neighbors arguing about whether you can use a conventonal dimmer switch on a celing fan.........one man said absoutely not, using the dimmers used for lights can damage the motors, you either have to use a switch specifically disgined for a fan. Two other people said that is not true, both have installed regular dimmer switches in the switch box, put the fan switch on the highest settng and the switch will turn the fan off and regulate the speed of he fan just like it regulates the brightness of a bub.

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Go with door #1. You will need a fan rated dimmer. Heat buildup in "regular" dimmers will destroy the dimmer and affect the motor as well.
 
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Originally Posted by David Doran View Post
Neighbors arguing about whether you can use a conventonal dimmer switch on a celing fan.........one man said absoutely not, using the dimmers used for lights can damage the motors, you either have to use a switch specifically disgined for a fan. Two other people said that is not true, both have installed regular dimmer switches in the switch box, put the fan switch on the highest settng and the switch will turn the fan off and regulate the speed of he fan just like it regulates the brightness of a bub.

Seemed look a good questions so I thought I would ask the pros.

Dave Doran
Very simple answer is no you can not use the standard dimmer on the fan motour at all .,,

The dimmer work reverse of fan speed control the dimmer do come on dim first then go bright while motor speed controller start at high setting then work it way down.

And do not use standard dimmer on the fan motor most case it will overheat the fan motor plus make a bit of humming noise it may annoy ya.

There is fan speed control on market and there is few diffrent style you can chose from.

Merci,Marc
 
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