Ceiling Fan / April 23, 2018 / Hope Young
Before recently, to control your ceiling fan and the lighting on that fan from a switch, you needed a three-conductor wire in between the switch and the wall. Now some fan manufacturers make controls that will allow you to wire up with your existing two-conductor wires. And even more, pretty much all fan-and-light combinations on the market can be packaged with a remote control that only needs two wires at the ceiling box to give it power.
The most common ceiling fan operation entails a pull chain/pull chord control that extends downwards from the operational center point of the ceiling fan. This controls the fan speed cycle that can be set to high, medium, low or off with a pull of the chord. The next ceiling fan operation setting is a variable speed control. For this setting, a hand controlled dial sets a different speed for the fan. A variation on this mounts the speed dial on a nearby wall as opposed to the fan itself. New ceiling fans emerge onto the market displaying a wireless remote control system. Working in much the same way as a television remote, an infrared beam is sent from a hand held controller to the fan controlling operation with the touch of a button.