3 way switch, ceiling fan, and remote.. DOH!


Old 01-20-08, 08:42 PM
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3 way switch, ceiling fan, and remote.. DOH!

so, I'm replacing an existing ceiling fan. On one wall, we have 2 switches; one for light, one for fan. On the other wall, it's a single switch for the light. All have the additional red wire in the switch

I take the old fan down, it's like the others in my house: blk/blk, wht/wht, red/blue. I noticed on this new fan, since there's a remote that it came with, it's different. There's no connection for the red. I simply wire nut and cover it in electrical tape. I hook the others up as stated in instructions. blk/blk, wht/wht wires from outlet box going to the remote kit then on from there.

Is this a problem? The remote does all the work. All works fine. I have the breaker off now as it is late and I didn't want to do anything else until daylight, and after I got some good advice
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Old 01-21-08, 04:51 AM
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There is an electronic module in the fan fixture that does all the thinking and switching for you. All you have to do is wire the module black/black and white/white. I would use the single fan switch rather than the three way switch for the light, since the three ways could be inadvertently turned off and the remote rendered useless until it is turned on. You probably have a remote holder that can be installed over the switch you use, thereby keeping that switch turned on all the time and making the remote the master switch.
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If you original fan control was a switch you are good. The switch should be left on at all times or the remote won't work. If the original fan control was a speed control either bypass it for permanent power on or replace it with a regular switch.
Old 01-21-08, 08:23 AM
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thanks guys, that's what I thought. I think what threw me off was when I turned it on, I had CFL's in the light fixture. I wasn't aware that the remote kit (that it came with) was also a dimmer. The lights were flickering like crazy! Guess it had me concerned

thanks again

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