28 thoughts on “Ceiling Fan With Remote Dimmer

  1. I replaced a burned out halogen light in my ceiling fan. Now the switch will not turn it off, or dim.?
    when the halogen light burned out in my Homestead ceiling fan, I replaced it with the same type of halogen bulb. Works great, but the switch or remote will not dim or turn it off. What am I doing wrong?

    • The wall switch may be defective. Remove switch and ohm it out to see if it is bad.

  2. Is there a cheap way make it so the light on my ceiling fan can be turned off by remote control?
    I know there are remotes you can get for lights that plug in the wall, but this is a ceiling fan with a light in it. I want to be able to turn it off by remote control after reading in bed at night.

    (it’s an old Casablanca, it doesn’t have a timer or long dimmer option).

    • http://www.x10.com
      A number of options there. You can replace your wall switch with a remote control unit. You can use a screw in adapter between the bulb and the socket. Their site is a bit of a pain but they have good products.

  3. how do i make a ceiling fan with a light fixture split from one switch to two?
    I have a ceiling fan with a light fixture attached at the bottom and it is all on one light swith. I want to put the fan and light on seperate switches. How is this done?

    • The best way to do this without rewireing the circuit is to go to Home Depot Electrical Dept and get a wireless remote control kit for ceiling fans it will cost between 30-50 bucks and you can control the fan speed and dim the fan lights from any place in the room without having to do any wiring….neat huh

  4. halogen light will not turn off and swich is ok?
    I have a ceiling fan/light combination and the brand is Homestead. The halogen light burned out and I replaced it. Now the fan works great with the dimmer switch, but the light just stays on . So the switch seems fine (remote dimmer) Anyone know how I can fix thie bulb so it will go off?

    • You said it was remote, remotes have a set of switches at the fan and at the remote. Is it possible you could have accidentally changed one of the switch positions, I would check those, there are 4 switches and make they are in the same position.

  5. How do I get the light bulbs on a remote ceiling fan to stop dimming on?
    I have a remote ceiling fan and the lights dim on, but turn off normally. How do I get the light to stop dimming on?

    • You mean you turn on the lights and they are dim and then get brighter all by themselves, or do you have to push the button a couple of times to get them to go brighter? What about the fan? Is it on the remote, too? Is it multispeed? Could it be that the wiring in the fan housing is reversed (the wire for the fan goes to the light)?

  6. Where can I get a good LED ceiling fan?
    So I want to replace a ceiling fan. It annoys me because the bowl traps flies and other bugs.

    I would prefer one that has an LED light-kit, not socketed bulbs.
    Nope. Not acceptable. May just have to go with bulbs and put some LED ones in. No upward facing bowl though, as I said, the flies annoy me.

    • Very few ceiling fans come with LED lights because they are currently far more expensive than other lighting options and most fan manufacturers want to keep their fans in a somewhat competitive price range. If you are trying to keep bugs out of the light fixture, then you more than likely need a fixture that is enclosed rather than an open bowl. So this limits your choices even more since some of the LED light fixtures available are in fact open bowls.

      The only good quality fan I am aware of that comes with an enclosed LED light fixture is the Landan ceiling fan made by Fanimation, which sells for $599.00. Quite pricey, but is does represent the latest state-of-the-art technology for ceiling fans and is considered an eco-friendly fan. Not only does it have a fully enclosed LED light, it also has a super efficient DC fan motor with a 6 speed remote control that has a light dimmer and reverse function. DC motors use 3 to 5 times less electricity than standard fan motors, yet produce better airflow.

      The DC motor in the Fanimation Landan uses only 29.5 Watts yet produces over 6,100 CFM of airflow where the average ceiling fan uses closer to 75 watts and produces about 4,000 to 5,000 CFM. The LED lights in the Landan use only 15 watts where typical fan lights use between 60 and 190 watts.

      Use the links below to view the Landan as well as other fans with LED lights.

  7. what happened to the ceiling fan remote?
    The ceiling fan and light in the bedroom has a remote I replaced the Battery which I thought was the problem but it still doesn’t work. Can anyone give me any suggestions what to do or if they can be replaced? Its hot in here and the light is on dim.Thanks and I hope I am in the right spot for this question.

    • there is something that i’ve done that has worked in similiar situations. you can disassemble it (carefully), find the points inside that the buttons hit when you push them in. very carefully rub the (should be shiny) and gently rub them with a pencil eraser. it just might work. you can go online and search for the brand of ceiling fan that you have. if you still have the paperwork it will make that part easy. i’ve made a habit of keeping all paperwork that comes with the things i purchase, for the sole purpose of troubleshooting and replacement parts. i’d be surprised if you couldnt purchase another remote online somewhere. hope that helps. and hope that the first sugg. works. good luck

  8. Who makes ceiling fan light dimmer fan timer?
    I have a ceiling fan with light that I control from wall swtch. Does someone know of the same thing, but with timer too, so I don’t leave it (fan)on all night?

    • Yes go to hampton bay com,You will have to get a remote control,your current fan probably wont,you would have to buy a transmitter along with the remote.The transmitter ,you would have to take yours down and tuck it in with the wires on top.I just bought a Hampton Bay fan and light with a remote control,I love it.

  9. Can I swap a basic on/off wall switch to a fan control and dimmer?
    I have a ceiling fan that’s switched by a on off toggle. I’d like to add fan control and a dimmer. I took the wall plate off and there are two black wires going to switch and three beige wires nutted together and a bare copper ground wire.

    • No. – Not with the existing wiring.
      All you have in the box is power on or off to the ceiling box.
      The motor won’t run properly on ‘dimmed’ current.
      There are ‘remote’ controllers sold that you can install on the fan unit.

  10. Trying to wire a dimmer control switch on a ceiling fan and need some expert help please!?
    I have a rotary controlled dimmer switch that I’m gonna mount by my bed and I want to wire it into just the lights on my ceiling fan (I may get a seperate switch for the fan at a later date) so that I have dimming control of the lights. The wires I have available are: coming out of the ceiling = White, Black & Green. Coming from fan = Blue, white & Green. The dimmer control switch = has 2 black wires together and green by itself. I have a solid white lamp cord that I’m running from the ceiling fan to the dimmer switch and I moreless just need to know what wires from above I need to use for my connections between them. I had this config. wired up to an old ceiling fan in which I cut the pull chain off of and wired it that way ,but now I’ve bought a new ceiling fan and don’t want to cut the pull chain. I want to wire it from the inside of the base this time. Thanks for any help you can offer me.
    Please be as specific as possible with your answers cause I’m not no expert electrician ,but I do fill I can do this job myself with the right advice. Just want to make sure I make the right connections so I don’t burn my house down.

    • You can not wire it that way because you only have a two wire coming from the ceiling and you only have two wires from the fan , so that is not even set up for the fan and lights to be seprate unless it came with a fan control or remote control.
      And that would be your other option is to get a fan with a remote control or a fan with a wired fan control which would work with the wires you already have
      Any questions you can e-mail me

  11. Can I operate a fluorescent light with a solid state ceiling fan/light remote controller?
    I’m installing a Hampton Bay ceiling fan in my garage. The fan has a light kit and comes with a wireless remote controller that operates the fan and the light. I plan to remove the attached light kit and use the wires to connect to a ceiling mounted fluorescent fixture I’d like to install near the fan. Since I can’t easily hardwire a wall switch to operate the new light without poking a lot of holes in the drywall, I’d like to use the remote controller to operate the light. The remote controller says “incandescent only”. But if the controller only turns the light on/off, with no dimming capability, is there any reason why it wouldn’t work with the fluorescent light? Would doing so damage the controller or cause some other problem? Thanks in advance for your help.

    • I don’t think it will damage anything and it should work as long as there is no dimmer. The only problem I can see is the wiring may not be heavy enough in the fan light. A lot of fan lights say 15 watt max or something like that. If it doesn’t work you can always buy Home decor conduit that goes on the outside of the wall and run a wire for a switch off of the wire that feeds the fan to operate your light.

  12. Electricians please: Two issues, on a ceiling fan the remote receiver circuit board is fried?
    on the same circuit a potentiometer that controls the light “dimness” is fried. What would cause both the circuit board on the ceiling fan receiver to fry(i opened it, it is literally black inside) and the control dimmer to fry. An “electrician” sent his helper over to wire the house and I want to know what he might have done wrong.

    • I can’t explain the faulty control dimmer, but it looks like the “helper” wired a dead short into the ceiling fan. You need the real electrician, methinks.
      The dimmers usually work off a small battery, or batteries, and they shouldn’t “fry”, unless you put the batteries in backwards.

  13. Why is my Remote controlled ceiling fan acting buggy?
    Hi recently my fan started acting weird? The dimmer on the remote does not work, it only turn the lights on and off. Also it wont turn on the fan. I checked all the jumpers and they match up. Ive also put fresh batteries in it too.

    • Well if you went through and checked the jumpers then you’re pretty astute Bob. I would guess it’s the little logic board in the remote. Maybe a new one wouldn’t hurt, except in the wallet, that is.

  14. Can a ceiling fan be placed on a dimmer switch?
    My dinning room had a light ficture on a dimmer switch and we want to replace it with a ceiling fan/light combo. I want to know if we can just change them out or do i need to snake new wires

    • The really bad thing about electricity is it will often work fine, even if done incorrectly. Until the day it burns your house down. This is one of those situations.

      Yes, you can indeed wire a ceiling fan to a standard light dimmer and it will work. It is not a good idea. Fan motors draw current in a different pattern than a light fixture. There is a surge of power when the fan starts that you don’t get with a light. Also, a motor is an inductive load while a light is a resistive load. Explaining the difference would take a bit of time, so suffice it to say that the load of the fan creates a lot more heat in the dimmer than a light fixture, even if it is within the rated capacity of the dimmer. This creates a very serious risk (though not a certainty) of a fire. It will also shorten the life of the fan considerably. If you buy a new dimmer, it plainly states in the directions not to connect a motor, this is why.

      Having said that, all is not lost. You could replace the dimmer with a standard light switch and use the controls built into the fan (either pull chains or the remote that comes with some fans) to control speed and light intesity. You could remove the dimmer completely by putting a wire nut on the two wires connected to it (not the bare ground wire!).

      There are a couple of ways to wire a switched fixture. One method takes the “hot” wire to the fixture junction box, then a switch wire to the switch. If yours is wired like this, you could wire the fan motor to be on all the time and use the remote or pull chain and use the dimmer just for the light.

      If you want to do something other than installing a standard switch in place of the dimmer or bypassing the dimmer, it would be best to consult an electrician. The other options will be hard to track down without a bit of experience.

      Whatever you do, do NOT use your standard dimmer to control your fan. Your neighbors will thank you, your insurance company will thank you, and you can sleep a bit better at night.