Think about what a motor is, electrically speaking... it's a very long wire, rolled into a coil. At the moment electricity is connected to that coil, it's just a very long wire.. almost a dead short, in other words. A few milliseconds later, the magnetic field forms and and the magic happens. But it's the way a coil of wire behaves in an AC cycle that makes ordinary dimmers die. A smart Switch uses a relay and that will work better BUT those contacts can get welded together.
GE makes a fan controller switch that specifically deals with what motors do:
Thanks. Yes, when I said load I meant startup load, behavior of a motor on start. The switches use a relay to handle these situations and the Qubino modules are relays too, so I figured I ask if someone has experience there as the Qubino modules are much smaller. Was trying to avoid going the full switch route.. I guess I should just buy the Lutron Fan controller and stop procrastinating....
I was trying to avoid switches in general, hiding things away as much as possible, that's why I was asking about the relays. But there are limitations and maybe the fans are the one where I can't go a different route. I have several Picos in the house so I will probably go the Lutron route to have a common appearance.
Guys, I have a question. I've found the fan,I like, but it has a DC motor, instead of AC motor most of the fans use. Is it possible to use GE smart fan control or Hampton Bay fan control with the DC motor? Manufacturer told me that the fan, which has 6 speeds, will work only with included remote control.
6 speeds is beyond what most of the common controllers handle anyways (I am not sure I have seen any besides 3 or 4 speed). If the manufacturer says it only works with that remote and you cannot find a switch or controller that SPECIFICALLY says it supports that fan type... I would side with the manufacturer also.
dan.t, from what I've seen consumer AC motor fans are nominally <=100W, DC seem to run about 1/3 the power for equivalent air flow. Neither type should generate enough inrush/flyback to bother a load controller rated for 3A+. A brushless DC motor would also have a rectification circuit that would likely prevent the load controller from experiencing the surge. A large pancake motor is indicative of much more common/economical AC motor variety.