On this edition of Ask the Randys, our favorite ceiling fan gurus explain how to operate two ceiling fans in the same room using different controls for each. Read on for some indispensable tips you’ll be glad you know.
I just installed 2 Emerson Loft ceiling fans in my living room using SR400 remote controls. Even though they are set to 2 different codes, the second installed remote now operates both fans and the first remote doesn’t work with the first fan anymore. How do I make them each operate their own fan?
It sounds like the two fans are on the same electrical circuit. We recommend using a separate frequency for each fan, as well as separate remotes to operate them. That’s what you attempted to do, but setting the frequency on fan 1 without disconnecting it before attempting to set the frequency on fan 2 will only work until you try to set a different frequency on fan 2. To resolve this you will need to set the frequency on the first fan and remote and then turn off the breaker; next, disconnect fan 1 and cap the wires. Next, connect fan 2 and turn on the breaker; then set fan 2 to a different frequency. Turn off the breaker, reconnect fan 1 and turn the breaker back on. The 2 fans will then work independently. For more detailed instructions on setting the control’s frequency, please read below.
Setting the Operating Frequency of Your Transmitter
Your remote control transmitter has code switches which must be set in 1 of 32 possible code combinations. The five levers (numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) on the switches are factory-set in the ON (up) position. Do not use this setting. Change the switch settings as follows:
- Using a ball-point pen or small screwdriver, slide each of the five switch levers in the remote control (transmitter) firmly up or down, creating a unique code.
- The sixth switch is for dimming control of lights. If using fluorescent bulbs, set the switch to OFF. To allow dimming of incandescent and halogen bulbs, set the switch to ON.