Can My Existing Ceiling Fan Use Smart Dimmer Switch?

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You will rarely see a more beautiful smart home solution than having smart fan and light dimmer switches embedded in your walls. If you are looking for something that can replace your dumb switch, keep reading, here is the solution for you even without subscription or hub requirement.  

A ceiling fan can last for over 10 years. The pull-chain control was a dominant trend back then, but technology is evolving rapidly and if you ever want to convert your existing ceiling fan switch to a smart dimmer switch? Are you able to do that?

Yes, you can connect your existing ceiling fan to a smart dimmer switch, but you need to ensure if it is compatible with ceiling fans.  

What is a Dimmer Switch & How Does it Work?

A dimmer switch is a small wall-mounted device, usually the size of a regular light switch, that is used to increase or decrease the brightness of a lighting fixture. Typical dimmer switches are compatible with electric lightbulbs and function by reducing and increasing the voltage flowing to the lightbulb.

Benefits of a Dimmer Switch 

Dimmer switches have become a popular feature in homes because of the impact they can have on savings, ambiance, and convenience.

  1. Energy & Light Bill Savings: Dimmer switches can be a helpful way to reduce your home’s energy consumption and in turn decrease your light bill.
  2. Affordable Upgrade: At an average cost of $80, dimmer switches are an inexpensive way to convert your traditional AC fan into a modern fan with additional control options.
  3. Ambiance Control: Dimmer switches allow you to configure the perfect lighting for any activity, from a romantic candle-lit dinner to a focused work-from-home session.
  4. Convenient Wall Access: Dimmer switches give you convenient access to your fan settings from your wall, meaning you don’t have to strain yourself reaching for the control pull-chains.

Standard Dimmer Switches Are Not Compatible

Regular dimmer switches should not be used to control a ceiling fan motor. They are not compatible because the fan motor requires the current to be regulated and a normal dimmer switch only controls the voltage.

When you go to turn up the brightness on the dimmer switch, it is going to direct a higher voltage than a ceiling fan motor can withstand. In the best possible scenario, this higher voltage can cause the fan to spin slowly or to stop spinning completely. In the most dangerous scenario, a higher voltage can cause the motor to overheat and even spark a fire.

A Ceiling Fan Dimmer Switch That Works

Now that you know the dangers of connecting the wrong kind of dimmer switch, here is a ceiling fan dimmer switch designed for safe installation and use: 

The Smafan Lotus Smart Wi-Fi Wall Switch

The Smafan’s Lotus Wi-Fi wall switch combines the functionality of a light dimmer with advanced smart technology, so you’re always in control of your ceiling fan settings.

Compatibility: The Lotus is compatible with most standard AC ceiling fans of a maximum 1.5A load, with the exception of fans that feature a built-in remote-control system.

Button Control: The Lotus gives you 9 different control buttons, all from a neat and compact device. Easily turn the fan and light on or off, control the speed of the fan, adjust the brightness of the light, switch to Sleep Breeze or Night Light mode, and pair your wall switch to Wi-Fi apps such as Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri Shortcuts, and the Carro Home App.

Smart Control: Once synced to the Wi-Fi app of your preference, the Lotus opens up endless control options. Busy hands? Issue a voice command to turn up the light brightness. Or, if you’re in a different room, open the Carro Home Smart App to conveniently switch the fan off.

Smart Features: Automate your home to match your daily routine with the Lotus’s smart timer and schedule functions, accessible via the Carro Home Smart App.

Simple Installation: Installation is simple and requires no additional cable or Hub. Make sure your home is equipped with the neutral wiring required.

Make the Switch to Smart Ceiling Fans

If you’re interested in the functionality of a dimmer switch, you may be ready for something even better: a smart ceiling fan.

Skip the dimmer switch and upgrade your entire fan with Smafan’s best-selling models, equipped with 10-speed DC motors, fortified exteriors, smart technology, and versatile LED lighting.  

Smafan uses only the best LED light kits that offer 50,000+ hours of super bright lighting, so you don’t have to worry about replacing worn-out bulbs or light kits for more than 5 years. You can conveniently dim the lighting from 100% to 1% and alternate between 3 different light color temperatures including Warm, Neutral, and Cool, to create the perfect ambiance for any activity.

Our smart ceiling fans are also compatible with Wi-Fi apps, so you can enjoy 3-way control from anywhere in your home, using the handheld remote control, voice control, and smartphone control. Make the switch today and explore our selection of smart ceiling fans by visiting https://smafan.com/collections/smart-ceiling-fan.

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