You want to install a ceiling fan in a room that’s not wired for controlling both a fan and a light. Sure, you can operate the fan with the pull chains, assuming you can even reach them, but then you have to get up off your duff. This RF remote control from Hunter has solved this problem for me and will hopefully help you, too.
The receiver mounts in the base of the ceiling fan. You just wire the receiver to the switch wires and then wire the fan and light into the receiver module. The receiver is a little large for some fans so you may have to really stuff the wires and receiver into the base to get it to fit. When you put the trim piece back up remember to leave the antenna dangling out for the best reception.
The remote and unit have four dip switches that set the operating frequency, which is helpful if you want to use a couple of these in the house, or if your fan and light keep turning on mysteriously due to some source of interference.
You can set the ceiling fan to three different speeds or turn it off with the remote. Dimming the light works counter to how you’d expect: You hold the light button when the light is fully on, and the light will start to dim after a few seconds, then you let go of the switch when the light reaches the level you want.
The remote also comes with a holder that mounts to the switch plate. The plate doesn’t cover up the switch, so if you lose the remote you can still operate the light with the wall switch. When the remote is hanging on the holder it protrudes from the wall a few inches so it’s easy to knock off the wall, but it can take a bit of abuse — we’ve dropped ours on the hardwood floor about 100 times. When that happens sometimes the battery cover pops off the back, but then we just pop it back on and the remote is fine.
Pricing for Hunter’s fan remote control starts around $40.