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Old September 29th, 2011, 10:57 AM
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Controlling a ceiling fan with z-wave

I have a ceiling fan in my living room that I would like to control via z-wave. There is no wall switch for it now. It is directly wired and the only way we can control it is by using the pull chains.

I woudl like to be able to set the fan to one of its 3 speeds or turn it off and I would like on/off and dim control for the light.

Is there a z-wave product that would let me do this?
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Old September 29th, 2011, 01:25 PM
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I think it is the only one on the market at this time. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 01:56 PM
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the problem is that i don't currently have a wall switch controlling my fan - so I'm not sure that this would work.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 02:29 PM
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Since you don't have a wall switch and you probably ony have a single power line to the fan, your options are limited. One option would be to install a remote control fan switch. The receiver is mounted inside the fan unit. The remote will allow you to control the fan speed and dim the fan lights. Once that is working, you could then install a z-wave "fixture" module somewhere on the power line running to the fan. Either at the fan itself or at the junction box for the wiring that runs to the fan.

This approach would allow Homeseer to turn ON/OFF the power to the fan at whatever preset times you desire. You could then adjust the fan speed and light level with the remote.

I have several fans that I control with Homeseer. I find that we rarely change the fan speed or the light level. The fan turns ON/OFF based on the room temperature.

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Old September 29th, 2011, 02:44 PM
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That's what I was afraid of. I actually have a remote for it (it came with one) but we keep it mounted to the wall like a switch. The goal for us is really to be able to control it from our iphones like we do with the rest of our automated devices.

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Old September 30th, 2011, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by bdee1
I have a ceiling fan in my living room that I would like to control via z-wave. There is no wall switch for it now. It is directly wired and the only way we can control it is by using the pull chains.

I woudl like to be able to set the fan to one of its 3 speeds or turn it off and I would like on/off and dim control for the light.
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The goal for us is really to be able to control it from our iphones like we do with the rest of our automated devices.
Depends on how motivated you are to "correct" the "problem." It's always an option to a) install a junction box between the existing switch and the fan to split the 120VAC into 2 legs, b) install a double gang box and run the 2 legs through there, c) install a z-wave fan controller and dimmer into the box, d) wire the fan/light with the appropriate 120VAC from the fan controller/dimmer, e) remove original switch and change switch plate to a blank if desired.

Another option is to simply put 2 Evolve LFM-20 relay modules in the new junction box instead of the new double gang receptacle box... that would get you independent control of fan/light, you'd just have to change the fan speed via pull chain.

A third option (if you have/want any means of relay control from HS) would be to purchase a second wireless remote for the fan and then wire it to HS so you can adjust it via contact closure. This option might be the best bet for you from a cost/effort perspective... Not sure what another remote would cost, but for 35 bucks you can get a CAI WebControl - couple that with a couple bucks worth of relays at Radio Shack and you're in business.
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