Ceiling fans are probably the worst piece of hardware to integrate into a smart home. I’ve had a few different types of fans over the years and they’ve all had problems so I’m reaching out to the community to request some input and recommendations (especially if you have a working setup you’re willing to share).
What I’ve gathered is:
- Get a dumb (pull-chain fan) and use a controller like Sonoff iFan03
– Pros: local support, keep existing wiring
– Cons: generally an ugly fan
- Get a dumb (pull-chain fan) and use a zwave/zigbee set of wall switches
– Pros: local support
– Cons: generally an ugly fan, possible need to rewire if in an older house
- Get a newer model fan & either use Bond or Broadlink RF remote to control it
– Pros: probably a nice looking fan, keep existing wiring
– Cons: doesn’t save state of fan or light so the automation is out the window
- Get a ‘smart fan’ deemed so by the manufacturer
– Pros: possibly nice looking, keep existing wiring
– Cons: stuck with another cloud service or the app doesn’t work
I want the fan to look nice in the room, so I’m weighing these options:
- Getting a ‘smart fan’ like Modern Forms (which seems to have some user integration with homeassistant). I’m not sure if it still talks to the cloud or if it’s controlled locally via wifi.
- or get a fan which has it’s own RF controls and add a Sonoff iFan03 controller. I’m not sure what wall control to use and if it will even work since the fan comes with an RF controller upstream.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts and references, I’d love for this thread to continue and become a resource for future users searching for a solution.
EDIT: I’m reading that the Sonoff iFan03 has problems with fan speeds due to the 60Hz power we have in the US, other reviewers couldn’t dim the light and others said they can’t control the fan to reverse direction. This video from DrZzs might be helpful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5z4tV9BrA8