We would like to buy a Hampton Bay fan but the one feature of the fan we
do not like is that it is a "remote controlled" fan, meaning that in
order to allow the fan to be operated from a wall-switch, the switch has
to be one of the rather unattractive Hampton Bay units and whose battery
needs to be replaced once a year or so. There is also the issue that the
remote unit inside the fan housing is "always on" and wasting
electricity. Yeah, it's a small amount but it still irks me.
What I want to know is if it is possible to remove the electronics for
the remote system and simply run the fan from a normal light/fan switch
combination. The box in the ceiling is already wired for a traditional
fan with separate hots for fan and light assembly.
Has anyone done this?
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When the remote stopped operating on a fan my father owns, I just rewired and
operate it without the remote. He liked the remote, but balked at the
replacement cost. The fan works fine and I don't think there would be much
difference in the wiring for different brands. I haven't done this with a
Hampton bay fan.
The remote control receiver should have three outputs (or perhaps four) --
one for the light, one for the fan, and one neutral. If you have a
multimeter, you can test which is which and just remove the RC receiver
and wire directly to the switches.
If it's like my Hampton Bay w/remote, the remote receiver is located
in the cup that the lights mount to. The lights wire directly to the
receiver, but it would be simple to rewire them. The receiver module
has a 9 pin connector that brings in the power and motor connections.
I assume there are so many connections because the remote can select
fan speed and direction.
Note, there is no manual direction switch, nor a speed switch on the
fan, since those functions are performed by the remote.
The connector is not marked as to what pins are for what function. I
imagine a few minutes experimentation with a meter would enable you to
figure out what the wires are for. At a minimum, you are going to
have to snake a third wire through the fan body because there are only
two wires (white and black) now.
If you're handy with electrical stuff, I'm sure you can do it, but I
gotta ask: why don't you just buy a model without remote? Only 5 or 6
of about a zillion models come with the remote built in.
And FWIW, I love the remote. It lets you have the fan on high when
you go to bed and want the fan on high because, well, use your
imagination here, and then turn it down later when the room cools down
without getting out of bed.
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