Question about Slider Lutron: Dual Fan Control / Light Dimmer: 300w, Single Pole
I have a combination ceiling fan + light. I would like to have the fan and light controlled separately from the wall, however the house is not wired for it (only one hot and one neutral going from the wall to the fixture).
The fan/light fixture does have two hots and a neutral, but both hots are wired together at the base of the fan. There are two chains to control the light and fan speed. The chains are fine, but what I really want is full-range dimming of the lights, while maintaining fan speed. (And I'd prefer to control it from the wall rather than pulling chains.)
What I am imagining is this: a small device to install above the base of the fan, which would split the single hot wire into two separate hots for the light and fan. A special wall control would communicate with the above-fan device, instructing it to power the light and/or the fan.
This seems to me like a relatively simple application of a proven technology (ethernet and HD can be sent over a powerline, so why not a signal to dim a light or turn on a fan at speed 2?) I just wonder if someone has implemented it and if it's available for a reasonable price.
They are available at Home Depot and Lowes. Hunter makes a wall mounter dimmer that will control the lights and fan speed separately. There is a receiving unit that mounts above the fan to the house wires on one side and the others connect to the fan.
The two hots you mentioned should be a black one and a blue one. The blue is for the lights; the black the fan. Ground everything you can to boxes, etc, if the house is only a two wire system without a ground.
I believe that remote wall switch and receiver runs close to $40.
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