Ceiling fan toggle switch


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Old 08-14-17, 08:35 AM
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Ceiling fan toggle switch

I want to replace my old rotary r̶h̶e̶o̶s̶t̶a̶t̶ 3A 120VAC fireplace fan speed control switch with a 5A 120VAC solidstate ceiling fan speed control toggle switch.

I'm probably overthinking this but there's nothing special about a ceiling fan switch is there? Just variable voltage out?

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Old 08-14-17, 09:25 AM
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5A 120VAC solidstate ceiling fan toggle switch
If it is solid state it isn't a toggle switch. Do you mean a fan speed control. If you mean a speed control and not a dimmer then no problem.

If the old speed control is really a rheostat then it would likely be a DC motor. The old control is actually probably solid state also.
 
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Yes, speed control toggle style switch. My fingers weren't paying attention to my brain. Lack of morning

I also meant rotary potentiometer, (as opposed to toggle), the two wires out of the old switch (no ground) made me think rheostat.

Here is a pic of the switch I want to use.

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Should work fine. The higher amp rating is as good thing.
 
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Thanks.

I couldn't see why it wouldn't work but have been burnt on 'details' before.
 
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And I can never say for sure. So let's say reasonably certain it will pass the smoke test.
 
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Yea, never say never but pretty sure everything will be fine. I'll let you know when I get it installed.
 
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Passed the smoke test but the output was limited to 100VAC so no go... fall back plan was to use the original rotary switch. Oh well....
 
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I've never heard of the Ace line of dimmers from Cooper. Couldn't find any tech info at Cooper either. There are many fan dimmers on the market. They don't all work the same way. Some cause the fan motor to hum.
 
 

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