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Old 10-10-17, 12:04 PM
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One switch controlling 3 light fixtures - replace one with ceiling fan...

We have a bonus room above our garage that is fully insulated and heated. My wife uses it as an office when she works from home a day or two per week and it doubles as a guest room. It can get hot up there and the AC being on the opposite end of the house can struggle to keep up on hot days and nights. We'd like to add a ceiling fan. The room has a single switch that turns on 3 light fixtures in the ceiling. We'd like to replace the middle fixture with a ceiling fan. The tricky part,or what would be tricky for me, is that we'd like the ceiling fan to be independent of the light switch so at night guests could turn on the fan without needing the other two lights fixtures to be on.

Is this possible?
 
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Old 10-10-17, 12:31 PM
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Is there an unfinished attic above.

Off topic but a fan doesn't cool. It just moves hot air around. A window or two tube portable A/C would be better for that.
 
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Unfortunately the space above is not easily accessible. I understand that a fan doesn't cool but it would go a long way in moving what cool air the AC gets up there around.
 
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Tell us all the wiring in the center light.
 
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You will need to feed another conductor to the middle ceiling box to allow the new fan to be controlled independently.

The only other solution I can think of that needs no extra wiring is to install a pull chain fan, and replace both lights with pull chain lights, keep the wall switch on and you can operate each fixture by pull chains.
 
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Here are pics of the fixture I'd like to replace with a ceiling fan.
 
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Thanks Miami, I was afraid of that after opening it up. Wife may not go for that solution. I've got other lights in the house using Zwave. I'll see if there's an in-wall solution there. Some sort of in-ceiling/wall mounted module. Thanks for the help all.
 
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Old 10-10-17, 01:33 PM
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If you used in-wall/Z control..... you would need a receiver at each light.
 
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Most definitely. I was thinking that would be the route to go.
 
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Here is the module I've been researching. I'd like to have the switch controlling all 3 fixtures permanently "on". Then I'd add 2 of these modules to 2 of the 3 fixtures in the room and the 3rd fixture would have the ceiling fan controlled with a basic ceiling fan remote. Am I coming at this the wrong way? As a follow up, would the module be wired as "wet contact" or "dry"?
 
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