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kebrein 11-23-2011 10:11 PM

Simple question regarding Wall Switch wiring
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Question: I would like to remove the right wall switch of a dual switch arrangement. What wiring changes do I need to make (see current wiring diagram attached)?

Background: I just finished replacing a celing fan with one that has a remote control. Our house is new enough that it has a dual wall switch that activated the previous fan (left switch) and light (right switch).

With the new fan, only the black, white and ground wires are connected from the ceiling box to the fan, and the fan receiver then distributes power to the fan, an uplight and a downlight separately. I have left the wall switches unchanged for now. With this arrangement, the left wall switch will turn on / off the fan and lights to whatever option speed and light combination has been selected last with the remote. The right wall switch does nothing since the red wire from the ceiling box is not connected / used.

The remote has the ability to mount on the wall in place of a wall switch (will still be battery activated, vs. hard wired). It could substitute for the current left or right wall switch (right would be best because then we would still have the simple "quick off" for everything option with the left switch).

I think the answer is that I could just disconnect all wires to the right switch and tape / wire nut off the ends, then remove the switch and insert the remote in that slot? Please let me know if this would work or if some other approach is better.
If this works, I would then have a simple on / off for everything controlled by the left switch, and the remote would be in the wall allowing convenient adjustments to the speed or lights right as you enter the room. We also wouldn't have to worry about another remote lying around the room.

Thank you in advance for the help!!

jbfan 11-23-2011 10:59 PM

Turn the breaker off, remove switch and put wire nuts over the ends.
Do not remove the splices in case you ever have to change it back..

hammerlane 11-24-2011 07:25 AM

Do exactly what jbfan says.

Or you could remove your current 2-gang box, cut in a 3-gang box, replace the current two switches in the new 3-gang box and use the 3rd gang for the fan remote.

But sounds like you should do option #1.

kebrein 11-24-2011 09:28 AM

Thank you for the quick response!
I'll try today and confirm success on the thread today or tomorrow!

hammerlane 11-24-2011 10:35 AM

Just relax today and watch football.

rjniles 11-24-2011 05:06 PM

Or cap the wire at the ceiling box and leave the switch in place. It always makes people wonder about the mystery switch:)

kebrein 11-25-2011 07:54 PM

Thanks for the help. I just removed the switch and put wire nuts over the ends as jbfan suggested. Everything works just as I hoped it would and thought it should.

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