I have 6 LED Dimmable recessed lights on the same switch as two ceiling fans. There are currently two three way switches that control everything. I want to be able to dim the LED lights without slowing the fans or ruining the motors. I have read through a few questions here and see discussions on a smart switch. I like that idea but not sure if it will work in my situation and achieve what i'm looking to do or which one to buy.

Open to any and all suggestions. Just don't want to have to find a way to create a new separate switch.

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  • well-implemented smart devices (no phone needed) are a life saver in terms of behavior customization, but it can be a bit daunting getting started. If you can post more details about the wiring we can help you determine which type of smarts could help, but we won't recommend specific products.
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    Jun 2, 2020 at 16:29
  • Can you post photos of the insides of the boxes involved, with the breaker for the circuit turned off of course? That'd give us a far better idea of what your options are here Jun 2, 2020 at 16:47
  • There are two back wires and one red going into the back of the switches. There are also two white whites together with a wire nut in the box but not into the switch. I'll post pictures Jun 2, 2020 at 16:48
  • I do not see a way to post a picture here, hopefully my description helps. Also these are metal boxes on a screened in porch. There is a ground screw in the box with ground wire attached. There is no ground wire going to current switches. Jun 2, 2020 at 17:02
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    @CaitlinGentry -- hit the edit link in "share edit ..." on your post and then use the button that looks like a stylized picture of a mountain and sun to add pictures Jun 2, 2020 at 18:07

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Not possible given the way the power reaches the fan

Do not use a dimmer on this fan setup. The switches must remain plain switches.

The only option I see is to go to some sort of "smart tech" such as Philips HUE bulbs, with a stick-on wireless dimmer control.

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    I personally would be more inclined to go to Insteon because that also opens up options for fan control in this situation... Jun 3, 2020 at 23:08

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