Hey guys I’ve searched through the fan posts but not finding a real definitive suggestion for my scenario.
I have an AC motor fan with single wall switch that controls power to standard rf receiver. Receiver is hooked up to both fan and lights and has standard 3 stage on/off/dim control. I got hit by lightning some time ago and fan no longer functions. Presumably my receiver was fried and needs to be replaced. Before I do that though I wanted to try and figure out how to incorporate SmartThings. Ideally I’d like the same subset of control I have now, here is that list ordered by my personal priorities.
- Ability to kill/allow power manually from wall
- Ability to turn fan/off independent of light
- Ability to turn light on/off independent of fan
- Ability to control fan speed
My thoughts are to install a Zwave on/off switch to replace the wall switch. This will replicate the on (resume last state) and off (kill all power) functionality I have with the standard wall switch today. Further I’d remove the receiver all together and install a DSC14104-ZWUS aeon micro motor controller to the fan. I’d then install a DSC27103-ZWUS aeon micro dimmer connected to the light. Both micros would be in parallel connected to the ceiling and stored in fan housing.
I’m thinking this should replicate my current functionality like for like but allow for extended control that SmartThings provides. Further since I’m using the aeon micro motor controller it should be safe for the fan motor.
I realize having the micros downstream of the zwave on/off may seem a little strange. But I’m wanting that for two reasons. First, if SmartThings is down/flaky I want to be able to at least resume/kill whatever state my fan/lights were in previously. Two I don’t like the aesthetic of a standard wall switch portraying a state (up/down) out of synch with the load it represents…
Am I missing anything? Any better ideas?