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My house is old. Every room in the house that has a ceiling fan doesn't have a light switch for the fan. To turn it on you use the pull chains. I'm in the middle of remodeling a room and I don't want to put up another fan. As I said it's an old house so it's all plaster walls. I don't want to go digging in the walls to find the wire that give the existing fan power because it probably just goes to a junction box anyway to give the second floor power. Here were my ideas and why they aren't working right now...

I could cut holes in the floor of the second floor just to gain access to the back side of the light box that the fan is attached to, run a new line from there to where I want to put in a wired light switch. Problem with that is the walls are insulated so it will be really hard to run new wire and I'll have to cut holes in floors and walls.

When I remodeled my son's room, I installed a new fan and used a wireless fan control inside the mount of the fan and we use a remote to control the fan and light. The remote and receiver were about $25. I would love to find a wireless light switch to control the light, but I can only find fan/light controls or a remote that controls a receiver that is plugged into an outlet or one that costs $100.

Any ideas on where I can find just a wireless light switch for a hardwired light?
 

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I don't want to use the same kit as the fan because having the fan speed buttons on it would be useless and I'd rather find something that just has a switch or one button for the light.

Thanks for the links Mr Chips. I've been looking through x10s website and it seems like they have something very very close to what I want, but if I can, I'd rather attach the reciever under the base of the light fixture, because I don't think I'll have enough room to fit "socket rocket."

Any other links/ideas? Thanks again.
 

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Thanks PaliBob. Unfortunately, I can't force myself to buy an $80 light switch.

I think I found something that will work for under $40 from www.x10-store.com. I'm waiting for confirmation from the company before I buy it, but it seems with this particular configuration with x10 products, I'll be able to do what I need to do for much much less.

Thanks everyone.
 

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I haven't bought X-10 in a long time, but their prices on their own site were pretty inflated and they used to run crazy deals all the time. you could usually find their stuff a lot cheaper on other websites ( when it wasn't on sale), like

www.smarthome.com

http://www.thehomeautomationstore.com/x10-home-automation.html


Another system worth looking into is Insteon

http://www.smarthome.com/_/INSTEON/...rc=WG1002597&gclid=CNWR2ZanqaYCFUmo4AodTV2kog

just stay focused, all this stuff is pretty addictive.....
 

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harding13, I'm looking for the exact same thing as you. I have a ceiling fan in the kitchen area I want to replace with just a light. THe fan has no switch, the fan and lights are turned on using the pull cords. It will be very difficult to run a switch for this because there is no access to the ceiling. Did you have any luck with finding a wireless switch?
 

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Here are links to the exact stuff I ended up buying. It works great. There is a bit of a delay, but nothing troublesome and it 'clicks' when it turns on, but other than that, it is flawless. The piece that will be mounted under the base of the light fixture can be tricky to fit under it, so make sure you have enough room (or make the room, I had to cut a hole in the ceiling because I didn't have a junction box there).

SS13A Slimline Switch Decorator White - X10

TM751 Transceiver Module - X10
Single Pole Fixture Module model XPFM

Hope this helps...
 

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Here is how it works. It doesn't explain it very well...

The switch sends the 'on/off' signal to the Transceiver and that sends it to the fixture module through the existing wiring. The outlet the Transceiver is plugged into doesn't have to be on the same line as the light though.

I hope that makes sense. Good luck.
 

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hi guys i have a small problem if someone can help me. i am looking for this but i need it to have 2 on/off switch's and 2 Outlet Receivers RF for different outlets in the same room. i can't find any anywhere for the life of me. i mention the wall switch needs to be without wires since i can't make holes in the walls. thank you and sorry if my problem is kind of newbie for you guys
 

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seems i can't post the link but this is the name of the product if someone wants to search for it on amazon and help me with my problem:
GE 18279 Wireless Wall Switch Remote with 1 Outlet Receiver RF

Sorry for double posting
 

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A number of Mfgs make this type of remote switch outlet units. Most of them make a number of different channels so you can have two units in close proximity.

IIRC, Heath Zenith used letters A-E to designate their different channels.
I saw one post relating to the GE set where the poster bought multiple units of the GE, but got the same "A units". That would lead me to believe the GE is made with different channels.

I would look for these in a store, where I could select my own units to insure that I got seperate channels. Not sure if the people at Amazon or other Internet sites would pay attention to a request fo different channels.
 
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