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Wiring a light remote control separately from the ceiling fan motor

Your remote control may be limited to control the light only and not the fan. Fan speed controls are different than light controls…

Electrical Question from Jocabo about wiring a single function remote control for a ceiling fan
Question: Hello, I have a Hampton Bay model ceiling fan that has a remote control that I want to hang in my family room. I can get the light to work fine however the fan doesn’t work. The light fixture is a single switch so I want to control the light from the switch and the fan from the remote. From the ceiling there is a black, white, and copper wire. From the fan there is a Black, Blue, and green wire. From the receiver there are a white and red wire on one side and a black, white, and green on the other. Can anyone help me out.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Jacobo. It sounds like you have a single function remote control. In order to control both the light and fan you need the appropriate remote control kit. Your remote may be limited to control the light only and not the fan. Fan speed controls are different than light controls. You can wire the black ceiling fan wire directly to the black fixture box wire for direct control of the fan from the wall switch. Also keep in mind that the pull chain on the ceiling fan needs to be in the right position in order for the ceiling fan to operate.  Was the ceiling fixture box approved for ceiling fans?

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