Ceiling fan wired for fan on remote, light on switch. Light is constant on.

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Ceiling fan wired for fan on remote, light on switch. Light is constant on.

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I replaced an existing ceiling fan with a new model that includes a remote control.
Using advice I found on this site, I got everything wired. The intended use is to have the existing switch control the light and the remote control the fan.

Everything works except the light is constant on. This is confusing because with the switch being connected to the fan light wire is the only thing that's unchanged in the new configuration, so I would think if nothing else that would work.

Here's my wiring situation
House: red, black, white
Remote: white, black in: white, black, blue out
Fan: white, black, blue

I have this wiring scenario:
House black to remote black in
House white to remote white in
House red to fan blue

Remote black out to fan black
Remote white out to fan white
Remote blue out capped

The remote controls the fan regardless of switch position, which is intended.
The light, however, is constant on. The switch does not control it.

The only difference in wiring opinions I've seen is to invert the constant power to the remote, so
House black to remote black OUT
Remote black IN to fan black

So running the constant through the remote from the other direction. That seemed odd, so I didn't try it for fear of shorting things out.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 
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Old 08-17-14, 11:00 AM
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What is the wiring at the switch? If there is a 2-conductor cable and a 3-conductor cable and only one switch is used:
  • 2-conduct black and 3-conductor black connected together to a pigtail.
  • Pigtail to one side of the switch.
  • 3-conductor red wire to other side of switch.
  • All whites connected to each other (and nothing else).
  • Grounds per code.
 
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Wiring at switch is one red, along with two additional reds pigtailed, all to one side. 1 black to the other. So three total reds and one black leaving the single switch.


By "all whites connected together and nothing else" do you mean to pull house white, remote in white, remote out wight, and fan white, and connect all 4? I.e. Not daisy chaining them though the remote?
 
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If it matters, one side of the pigtailed reds goes up to the ceiling (to fan). The other two had down the wall. I'm guessing there is a switch powered outlet somewhere in the room. So one red, one black leaving the switch towards the fan. Additionally, one white is passed through the switch box through to the wall side opening, not connected to the switch. Then there's a ground wire grounded in the switch box.
 
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Sorry, those switch posts sound confusing.

Summary:
1 red, 1 black, 1 white, 1 green into the box from the ceiling.
2 red , 1 white into box from wall.

White is just passed through
All reds connect to one side of switch
Black connected to other side
Green grounded in box
 
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So sorry Ray. I gave you bad info. My assistant led me astray. The fan does NOT work if the light switch is off.

So light is constant on
Fan remote controls fan, but ONLY when the switch is on.

So it seems like I have constant power to the light. And switched power to the remote.
 
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The new info fixed it. Wires are inverted at the house side. Red is constant, black is switch. I flipped it to be house black to fan blue, and house red to remote black in and presto. Switch controls light, remote independently controls fan.

Thanks all. Just thinking it through on here made the difference.
 
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Glad you got it. Thanks for letting us know.
 
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