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07:26PM | 10/21/01
Member Since: 10/20/01
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We just purchased a Hampton Bay Fan (model #754 394 - Pacifica) which includes a Wall Mounted Remote Control. It controls the fan on/off and speed plus 2 lights (an upper & bottom light). Problem - we have a pair of 3-way switches on each side of the room that controls the existing fan/light (as one).
The instruction book says to hook up the switch in "series only" which I do not know what that means in relationship to a 3-way setup.
Question#1: Can I use the new control unit?

Q#2 - Can I use the unit on one side of room and a regular 3-way on the other? How will it work?

Q#3 - can I use both 3 ways and piggyback some electricity off one of the switches to operate the unit in a box next existing switch.

Thanks in advance to all responses.


07:54AM | 10/22/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
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Because the remote control will provide the "on" and "off" capability, you no longer need the two 3-way switches. The only thing you have to do is provide constant power to the fan/light unit, and let the remote control do the on/off work. You can leave the wiring as it is, and leave the switches in an "ON" condition all the time or you can rewire both switches to bypass them.
Those are really your only options. If you use any wall switch, the power to the fan unit is removed completely when "off". In that case, the remote control can't be used.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited October 26, 2001).]

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