How Do I Wire a Remote Control Ceiling Fan?
|By Dave Rongey - Summary:
How to Wire a Remote Control and Wall Switches for a Ceiling Fan: A remote control and wall switches may be wired and used to control a ceiling fan so it will allow you to use the remote control for the light only but you will need to control the fan motor.
Remote Control Ceiling Fan
- We wired it so we had two separate switches. One for the light and one for the fan.
- We bought this fan knowing it had a remote control, but it says it’s only allowed one switch.
- We want to know can we have the two switches, one for the light, and one for the fan, and still use the remote control also.
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Background: Jacon, a Homeowner from Columbus Ohio
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How to Wire a Remote Control and Wall Switches for a Ceiling Fan
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
A remote control and wall switches may be wired and used to control a ceiling fan so it will allow you to use the remote control for the light only but you will need to control the fan motor, Here’s How:
- Check to see if the remote control is limited to the lighting only, I believe this will be the case.
- This being the case then connect the black wire for the fan motor to the black wire from the light switch.
- The remote control can be wired to the red wire from the wall switch and used for the blue light fixture wire, then share the white neutral.
- This will allow you to use the remote control for the light only but you will need to control the fan motor from the wall switch.
- The pull chain on the Ceiling fan will need to be in the appropriate position for the on/off and desired speed selection for the fan motor.
- Understand that the wall switches are the main source of power and they need to be on for the light remote to work.
- Then if the light has a pull chain, it too needs to be in the appropriate position as well.
- Typically the light pull chain switch should be in the full on position in order to allow full range control from the remote control.
- When using a remote control as described above you will now have the following methods of control that you must keep track of , otherwise one may prevent the other from functioning:
- The wall switch – the power source and primary control.
- The remote control – the secondary control.
- The pull chain switches – the third control.
- If any one of these control sources is OFF then it will prevent the fan motor or the light fixture from turning ON.
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