Proper Switch Choice w/Fan Modile

Hello! I have a 3-speed AC motor fan with no light in my living room. It currently uses an RF remote to change speeds, but it is connected to a wall switch (on/off only).

I’d like to install the Blue fan module and connect to Home Assistant, but noticed there are two choices for switches to come with it. A Canopy 2 in 1 Switch Combo and a Canopy Fan Switch Combo.

Can someone please explain the difference? Which one works best for a 3-speed fan that has no light on it?


You can actually use either since the firmware allows binding to be done in a way that makes them behave the same. In both cases, you need to make sure not to connect the load to the switch itself (so the canopy is always powered). I would suggest using the fan switch though if you don’t have a light.

Is there any reason you are considering the canopy + switch instead of just getting a fan switch?

Thank you for the reply.

I honestly thought I needed the remote module to use the switch.

Are you suggesting I wire the fan directly to the switch and bypass the module all together?

If so, what is the module used for? What do you do with the load wire? Clearly I have a lot to learn in all of this.

Yes, as @rohan suggested you can use the fan switch without a module after removing or bypassing the current rf module, so long as you do not have a light or plan on adding one.

The module is used in situations where a fan/light combo is controlled by a single switch (i.e a 2-wire) connection between the switch and the fan. In that configuration, the switch turns BOTH the fan and the light on and off together. The module allows you to SEPARATELY control the fan or light with a single switch.

The module can also be used in situations where power is fed directly to the fan or fan/light with no switch. Some new home builders are opting for this configuration using remote-based fans, which sames them the “trouble” of wiring a switch leg.

This makes a lot of sense, thank you!

One last thing to confirm - I forgot to mention that while fan is an AC motor, it does not have pull chains.

Does this make any change to the knowledge bomb that has been dropped on me? :smiling_face:

That’s a good question. Normally, you set the fan to high before installing the switch, as the switch will be setting the speeds. I am thinking that with a remote-moduled fan, generally, there will only be one set of leads for the motor, which will spin on high with 120V applied. So not having a pull chain should not be an issue.

That being said, I’ve never worked with a remote-module fan. Someone who has should comment here.

I’ve not worked with a remote-module fan, but I did successfully do this with a fan that had a “hardwired speed controller” and no pull chain. Just ripped the speed controller out and put in an Inovelli fan switch with no issues.

If it’s a standard AC fan, it should default to max power since there are no pull chains to adjust.

Thanks @rohan! To confirm you have hardwired the the house directly to the fan and switch, and not used the module.

I’ve ordered both just to make sure, so we will see how this all goes. I will report back findings!

I have one fan where I’ve hardwired the fan to the fan switch directly. And others that I have hardwired the fan to the module and use the 2-1 as the remote switch to control it. Either configuration should be possible in your case.

Very helpful! Thank you @rohan!