5 speed fan: what to do?


#1

I’ve read through most of the posts on fans, please forgive me and point me to the post that specifically mentions this if I missed it.

I installed this fan in place of a ceiling light in my apartment.

https://www.allmodern.com/lighting/pdp/zipcode-design-56-emil-3-blade-industrial-ceiling-fan-zpcd4099.html

It looks great but the controller is something else. I’d like to replace it with something I can control with Alexa or my phone. The controller is five speed in two directions.

From reading threads it seems I will only be able to get three speed in the forward direction. That is fine if it’s all I can do. Does anyone recommend a specific switch?

There is a hot, neutral, and ground wires. We used the light wiring that was replaced by the fan.
I have an Echo Plus but am open to buying another hub.


#2

Since plus uses zigbee then https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019HTH2A0/ref=asc_df_B019HTH2A05398601/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B019HTH2A0&linkCode=df0&hvadid=193994910693&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14874810451014357670&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007792&hvtargid=pla-313511132373 no other hub necessary. Sounds like you have necessary wiring.


#3

As a note, the only fan switches available are Z-Wave which would require another hub. The switch posted above is only on/off so you would be not get speed control, plus you would need to reuse the wiring in the switch box. You mentioned you were using the wiring for something else. As a note though, that switch is one of the only compatible with a fan and the Echo Plus.

There is a ZigBee fan module available at Home Depot but I don’t think the Echo Plus supports it. They may in the future but as of now you’d likely need a SmartThings or Wink hub. That device has 4 speeds and needs to be installed in the fan canopy.


#4

Thank you for catching that is only on/off and no fan speed.


#5

Also, there is a device called Bond. Several community members like it but I don’t know it’s specifics. It will work with the Echo Plus (or any Echo as it is WiFi). I believe your fans need to have existing remotes. It can also control multiple fans and should support 5 speeds.


#6

See here. You can have 4 speed control.


#7

Thank you for all the replies.

Right now I’m leaning towards buying the GE Z-Wave Switch and a new hub with Z-wave compatibility.

Does anyone see any problems with this?


(Michael) #8

This forum is for the Samsung SmartThings home automation hub, a competitor to Wink. You may want to post your question on the Wink forum instead.