Light coming on after power restored

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    Hello – I have a Berkshire (Harbor Breeze) fan. (with remote control)

    The problem i have is that if I turn the light off and then later the power goes out. when the power is restored, the light comes on. This is a problem if it happens in the middle of the night when I’m trying to sleep. I would hope that if I turn the light off using the remote, that the fan remembers that setting so when power goes out and is restored, it remains in the ‘light-off’ mode.

    Has anyone else experienced this? is this a known issue?


    Mike C

    #778 Reply

    Hi Mike,

    When you say “the power goes out” what do you mean? Are you saying your home constantly has the power turned off e.g power outages or you turn your circuit breakers off at night?

    Most technology does not do well with constant power interruptions. It damages equipment like computers. Many systems or electronics in terms of their logic boards only remember things when there is some trickle of power. In the total absence of power the logic boards lose their settings. As you said “you would hope when turning the light off using the remote, the fan remembers the setting” yes for sure but if you’re having constant power outages or power flickers it’s not only going to screw up the logic / memory but eventually just fry the fan or other electronics in your home completely. I would ensure that if you are constantly losing power you look at having a UPS for some of the really important things in the home e.g your Internet modem, your computer, etc. I can guarantee you if you are turning circuit breakers off at night or you just have problems with power constantly being interrupted you will soon find some of your home electronics DO NOT turn back on after power is restored at all. E.G Microwave, dishwasher, fridge. Microwave will probably be the first to go, they really hate poor power regulation and constant spikes / brown outs.

    If you’re having over loads that are causing circuits to flip off e.g you turn on an appliance and a circuit breaker flips off, then you need to look at why you’re overloading your circuits and distribute your electronics or appliances onto other circuits.

    Might be time to call an electrician depending on what the scenario is.


    #830 Reply

    It isn’t ‘constantly’ happening, but during storms, we will get power outages. Recently, during a storm, the power went out while we were sleeping (so i didn’t know it was out). but at 2am, I guess the power came back on and the light for the fan came on. I used the remote to turn the light off. Well, I guess the power went out again a bit later during the same storm. The power came back on around 4am and the light came back on and woke us up. So, back to my original question, isn’t there a way to have the light NOT come on in this scenario. I understand your comments about damaging other electronics, etc., but I doubt I will stick a UPS on this light switch. 🙂 any thoughts on the operation of the fan in this scenario?

    Thanks for your help

    #948 Reply

    Does this fan also have a wall switch?

    E.G the wall switch is left to “ON” although the remote has turned it off prior to losing power.

    If not I would install a wall switch to provide power to the entire fan. When you go to bed, turn the wall switch OFF. The fan cannot be turned on unless the wall switch is ON. This would eliminate the problem as the fan can’t get power when the wall switch is OFF, at all.

    This would probably be a simple solution. Otherwise you can have an electrician in to look at the issue. I wonder if the wiring was done wrong so its default state is ON if that makes any sense. In either case you need an electrician so I would call one, explain the situation and see what they recommend.


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