My husband asked a question earlier this evening, which has given me pause. I've looked everywhere I can think of and came across this forum. Maybe someone here knows the answer. Why do ceiling fans (and similar residential/box style fans) go from the off position to the highest possible speed setting before moving to slower speed settings? As an electrical engineer, I just couldn't come up with a response that was satisfactory to me. My postulation is that it has to do with the startup of the motor to begin with. Since the motor will overshoot upon startup anyway, it seemed logical to have the highest speed setting come first before slowing the motor to lower settings. Thoughts?