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Question by  jackie (276)

Can you use a dimmer switch on a ceiling fan?


Answer by  swamisarge (283)

No, dimmers operate by controlling the average voltage driving the load, fine for incandescent lights and certain types of motors. Ceiling fan motors require full voltage to operate. Other than their built-in speed control, changing speed requires changing the 60 cycle power to a different frequency: 54 cycle would run 10% slower. These are industrial, not consumer, level products.


Answer by  papaplumb (42)

It is not advisable to use a dimmer on a ceiling fan unless it it being used for the lights only. If you put a dimmer on the fan itself you could burn up the motor causing a fire. A better option would be to purchase a fan with a remote.


Answer by  DavidS (1517)

Yes if your ceiling fan has a light fixture built into it. The dimmer can be used to control the light in the ceiling fan. You have to identify the wires feeding the light fixture only and then connect the dimmer to these.


Answer by  fancbiz (952)

No. there is a special switch for regulating the speed of the motor of the ceiling fan and to avoid damaging your appliances avoid using alternatves since there are specialities for each appliance which quarantee safety and efficiency.

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