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The Situation: 20 yr old Ceiling fan replacement with a remote controlled new fan.

I have two wall switches: one controls 3 ceiling canned lights in the kitchen and one provides power to the ceiling fan. The old ceiling fan light and speed were controlled by pull chains.

New Ceiling fan: Remote controlled. Has a receiver with a black and white wire to connect to the ceiling wiring. On the other side the receiver has a blue, black, white to connect to the ceiling fan motor.

The ceiling fan junction box has a 14/3 that is wired together with a 14/2 to bring power to the other 3 lights in the ceiling with the ceiling fan box in the middle.

The extra red wire goes to the one wall switch that controlled the power for the old ceiling fan.

I originally capped the red wire but I don't want to have to turn all lights on for the ceiling fan to work.

I want the one switch that has the red and black wire connected to it to control the power to the fan. The remote will control everything else.

FYI: In the wall with the 2 switches, the white wire doesn't go to either switch, they are capped together in the back of the box.

I hope this makes sense. I've seen contradicting info on the internet and hope someone here can advise me.


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Red wire is capped in the ceiling box. The blue and black from the fan go to the receiver.

The switch that's pulled out is the one that powered the original fan. With the red wire capped at the ceiling only the canned lights switch on the right gave the new fan power.


The receiver

The instructions

Hope this helps. And yes believe it or not, I have to tuck that receive in the hangar bracket!

  • Do you want the can lights to be controlled by the fan remote or by the wall switch? – ThreePhaseEel Jun 25 '17 at 19:17
  • Is it constructive to turn off the fan power with the switch? This will kill the remote dead, and you will no longer be able to turn the fan or light on/off with the remote. I take it this is a wireless remote... – Harper Jun 25 '17 at 19:43
  • I'm trying to add pictures but the site is telling me I can only add two then doesn't add them. Anyway, I want to be able to power the fan and it's light by the switch without having to turn on the canned lights as well. Right now the fan switch does nothing because the red wire is capped. – Nanceski Jun 25 '17 at 19:45
  • Post the pictures to imgur and link them in the comments, then we can edit them into your post. Can you replace that 14/3 with a new run of cable by the way? – ThreePhaseEel Jun 25 '17 at 19:49
  • @Harper To use the remore, all lights in the kitchen must be on. See the dilemma? – Nanceski Jun 25 '17 at 19:56

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