Here in South Florida, our homes have a lot of ceiling fans. Pretty much every room has one. They're a great way to stay comfortable, while helping to keep down the cost of running the air conditioning. Depending on the fan's location, we either use their pull-cords to control them, or we use a remote control. Our latest fan purchase was for the breakfast area. And, as it is not a convenient place to have chains hanging down, we purchased a Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Remote Control, model UC7083T.
Recommend this product?
This inexpensive remote control is about as basic as can be. No fancy bells or whistles here. Just one button to control the light (on, off, and dim). And four buttons for the fan (High, Medium, Low, and off). That's it!
The control, itself, is really small, and light. It's 5" tall, 2 1/2" wide, less than 1/2" thick, and weighs barely 2 oz., even with the 12v battery installed. You can carry this remote around with you, or hang it by placing it in its included hanger, which is nothing more than a plastic shelf with two clips, into which you can slide the remote.
We chose to hang ours on the wall, so it can be used in much the same way as a light switch.
The buttons are nice-sized and feel quite sturdy. They make a satisfying 'click' sound when you press them. There's also a red indicator light to let you know you've pressed the button completely.
The button that controls the light is at the top of the remote. It's a large round button, that's not labeled, but it does have a picture of a light bulb on it. The problem is that the light bulb is the same color as the button, itself. In other words, it's not at all obvious that there's a light bulb on that button. They really should have made the picture a different color!
This button serves multiple purposes. Press it quickly for on and off. Press and hold, for dimming. So, if the light starts out at full power, holding the button will cycle the light down through its various settings until it's so low, it's practically off. Continuing to hold the button down will then cycle the light back up through its various settings until full brightness is reached again. You can release the button at any point throughout the cycle to keep the light at that setting. And, the next time you turn the light on, it will be at that setting. So if you always want dimmed light, you don't have to re-dim it, each time.
The next three buttons are labeled "HI", "MED", and "LOW". These buttons form a semi-circle around the light-control button. Their labels are easy to read when facing the remote directly. But at any kind of angle, I can't make out the labels. It's not a huge deal, though. All of our fans operate with "high" being the first setting, and "low" being the last setting. So to me, it's obvious that the first button would be "high" and the last button "low". But I'm sure some people would expect the buttons to be in reverse order. Still, as long as you face the remote straight on, the labels are clear enough.
The final button is a small circle, labeled "off". This button turns the fan off. Personally, I would have labeled that button to say "fan off" rather than just "off" since it's not at all obvious that the button doesn't affect the light. I'm sure plenty of people will naturally press that "off" button, thinking they are turning the light off, when they're not.
Of course, a remote control transmitter doesn't work without a receiver. In this case, the receiver is small, completely hidden in the fan's assembly. My electrician installed it for us, and it has worked absolutely perfectly since then.
This is a basic remote control device, with absolutely nothing fancy on it. I knew that, when I bought it, so I wasn't expecting "greatness". But I do think their labeling leaves a little to be desired. Between the light bulb that you can't see at all, the fan labels that you can only see from straight on, and the "off" button that doesn't turn the light off, there's room for some definite improvement here.
If you need a very basic remote for your fan, this one will do, at around $20. Just be aware that the labels aren't the best.
Other ceiling fan remotes:
Casablanca Adapt Touch W-52
Hampton Bay Thermostatic 838-956