Add a Ceiling Light Wall Switch Without Ripping Into the Wall
After purchasing a home, we started remodeling it. The previous home owner had ceiling fans/lights in every room. When we started remodeling the house, we decided to replace all of the ceiling fans with ceiling lights. Then we realized that the ceiling fans were added later, as home improvement, by the previous home owner without associated wall switches. Because our ceiling would stay on with no way of turning them off. To run electrical lines and add wall switches meant hiring an electrician and tearing into the wall that had just been painted. We found another way without the added expense and wall modification.
We found the "Hunter 27157 Basic Remote Control" on Amazon. It's a fan and light remote control (see photo below) with a receiver that you can wire directly in-line to the ceiling light or fan. It got separate fan and light switches. But since we only using it with ceiling light, the fan switch is unused. In the future, we can use the fan switch for other things, like AC outlets, etc.
The remote/receiver combo uses DIP switches and jumpers for configuration. However, you can only set it to one of four channels. We thought with DIP switches, it can have up to 16 channel combinations, but that is not the case. The good news is that you can use multiple remotes with one receiver and one remote with multiple receivers. We used two remotes with one receiver in the kitchen, where it has two entry ways.
After installation, we taped the remote to the wall, where the light switch would have gone. We used "3M Command Adhensive Strips" as double-side tape for this purpose. These double-sided strip had worked beautifully in the past. They stayed securely on the wall for years, but came off easily when you wanted them to. We had never had a strip come off the wall by itself before.
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