The best (among the worst) solutions to deal with a bad fan / light?

Cupertino, June 5, 2021

My ceiling fan / light has fallen. I know there are a few HomeKit fans now, but they're too big and the styles didn't work for me. So I bought a "stupid" ceiling fan / light (which also turned out to be pretty cheap ... about $ 70). I have a Lutron Cassette hub and some of their dimmers / switches, but this special situation has only one hot switch / wire, so I can't split things up easily and I have a separate Cassette fan control and a Cassette light dimmer. So it seems my options are: 1. Simple on / off switch (probably just a bad switch always left on) combined with a remote module inserted in the fan housing combined with a RF compatible HomeBridge unit (eg Bond). 2. Simple on / off switch always left on combined with a HomeKit compatible bulb. I should manually pull the fan chain to turn it on / off and speed up the fan. 3. Lutron Box on / off wall switch, with fan and light manually controlled by chains. We don't always need a fan in this room every night, but this is our favorite place to have dinner, so we always need a little light. But I would like a certain dimming control, so that we can provide it brighter occasionally, but also to dim it at other times. While I was finishing typing this, I think maybe I should have bought a fan-only unit (no light), combined with a Lutron Cassette fan control, and supplemented the lighting around the fireplace in other ways. Oh, I forgot to mention ... for option # 1, the RF controls that can be inserted inside the fan seem to be too large for my special fan (my old broken fan had one and the new modules I found at home Depot and Lowe's seemed to be the same size and they all seemed too big to fit into my new fan ... I found a "small" unit on Amazon, but it doesn't make light, just on / off).

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