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Old 07-28-2015, 01:59 PM   #1
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Moving bathroom fan switch

Has anyone moved the overhead bathroom fan switch to a wall location? My wife can't reach it and it seems like it would make sense to have the switch next to the light switch.
I have looked into it a bit and don't see any easy way short of removing wall panels to route the wires into the hollow wall.
It's kind of crazy they are not already mounted on the wall, but I guess it's a cost thing.
Any ideas would be welcomed.

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Old 07-28-2015, 03:21 PM   #2
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Has anyone moved the overhead bathroom fan switch to a wall location? My wife can't reach it and it seems like it would make sense to have the switch next to the light switch.
I have looked into it a bit and don't see any easy way short of removing wall panels to route the wires into the hollow wall.
It's kind of crazy they are not already mounted on the wall, but I guess it's a cost thing.
Any ideas would be welcomed.

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Is the fixture close to any other 12V source? Such as a fan. You don't have to use the original power supply.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:25 PM   #3
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Just a thought - how about a 12v wireless switch. Quick google turned up a few on Amazon
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On our Solera the bathroom fan switch is a push button. First thought is some sort of stick to push the button. Second thought is replace the push button switch with a chain pull switch - could then route the chain to the wall with screw eyes, if necessary. Avoids trying to route wires through the walls (ugh!).
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:04 PM   #6
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On our Solera the bathroom fan switch is a push button. First thought is some sort of stick to push the button. Second thought is replace the push button switch with a chain pull switch - could then route the chain to the wall with screw eyes, if necessary. Avoids trying to route wires through the walls (ugh!).
Clever ideas for sure. I'm leaning towards a wireless option but the ones I have seen all have a fob. I would like to find a simple wall mounted switch (transmitter) and then it would look good and get the job done. Similar options exist for home 120 ac applications. The wall switch looks like any other residential light switch and it remotely controls something like a lamp.

I don't mind fishing for wires in the wall, but there is a wooden barrier in 2 directions. The only solution I have found is to open up the wall so a hole could be drilled into the void where the wires to the switch are located. I'm not to keen on the opening of the walls option.

Another thought I had is to use some track lighting type conduit and have it run down the wall to a normal switch. I don't think that would look to great.
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Clever ideas for sure. I'm leaning towards a wireless option but the ones I have seen all have a fob. I would like to find a simple wall mounted switch (transmitter) and then it would look good and get the job done. Similar options exist for home 120 ac applications. The wall switch looks like any other residential light switch and it remotely controls something like a lamp.

I don't mind fishing for wires in the wall, but there is a wooden barrier in 2 directions. The only solution I have found is to open up the wall so a hole could be drilled into the void where the wires to the switch are located. I'm not to keen on the opening of the walls option.

Another thought I had is to use some track lighting type conduit and have it run down the wall to a normal switch. I don't think that would look to great.
With a wireless solution, consider the phantom load on the 12v battery. The receiver in the switch will constantly be "listening" for the signal to turn the light on/off. And will contribute to battery drain when boon docking and in storage unless you have a battery disconnect switch.
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Has anyone moved the overhead bathroom fan switch to a wall location? My wife can't reach it and it seems like it would make sense to have the switch next to the light switch.
I have looked into it a bit and don't see any easy way short of removing wall panels to route the wires into the hollow wall.
It's kind of crazy they are not already mounted on the wall, but I guess it's a cost thing.
Any ideas would be welcomed.

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Here is a raceway or conduit that you could use to run the wire. If this isn't the right size, use Google to search for something that meets your needs: Latching Cable Raceway That Keeps Cables and Speaker Wires Inside
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Why couldn't you wire the fan to the ceiling light so the fan would come on with your light


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