Last January I installed a ceiling fan in Brad's room (my old 'library') and set both the fan and the fan lights up to work under the home automation system I have installed in the house. I've had an inquiry or two since then about which modules I used and how the bits and pieces fit together so I figured I'd cover things both at HomeWreckers and on my pages.

The basic disclaimer applies: I'm not a licensed electrician and this article is provided as an overview only; if you don't know what you're doing in home electrical work, hire a licensed electrician to do the work for you.

The setup I've used successfully throughout the house is to tie the fan motor to a relay module and the fan lamp to a dimmer module; I then control each of those though a transmitter mounted in place of the wall switch. I've made no attempts to match a module that can control motor speeds up with a fan motor; the simple on-off action of the relay module along with the fan's own three speed switch has worked fine. The relay modules are available here.

For the lamp portion of the show, I do use a dimming module; that allows the boys to have a 'night light' when the lamps are dimmed to less than 10%. Lamp modules are available here. I have both of the modules installed in a rated box in the attic near the fan mount.

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The typical bedroom locally has only one switch to control the overhead, but they also drop the neutral into the box. That allows me to use a transmitter that can not only turn the light and fan on and off, but to dim and brighten the light.

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...and while the original article shows Brad programming his evening lighting sequence; that is running on a stand alone controller for the entire house that allows preset functions to occur based on the time of day and dawn/dusk events. None of that is needed for a basic setup.

In the master bedroom, there were switches for both the fan and the light; I replaced those with a wall mounted dimmer and a wall mounted relay. Additional control from the headboard of the bed comes from a mini-controller.

That's a basic overview of what can be done...