Zing Ear ZE-208s Wiring Instructions

Before You Start

  • Before rewiring any ceiling fan. Turn off electrical current at source by turning off circuit breakers
  • Failure to disconnect power to the ceiling fan may cause electrical shock, fire hazard, serious injury, or death
  • Do not cut the wires off the existing switch

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  1. Write down the color of each wire and the portal number to which they are attached
  2. Take wires off the existing switch
  3. Connect wires to the new switch as noted in step 1
  4. Connect power to the ceiling fan, and test the switch

Color Codes For Ceiling Fans (Your Fan Wires Color & Position May Vary)

  • Harbor Breeze ceiling fan: L=Black, 3=Purple, 2=Brown, 1=Grey
  • Hunter ceiling fan: L=Black, 3=Green, 2=Brown, 1=Grey
  • Hampton Bay ceiling fan: L=Black, 3=Grey 2=Brown, 1=Purple
  • Hampton Bay ceiling fan – Alternate colors: L=Black, 3=Yellow, 2=Purple, 1=Red
  • Some basket fans: L=Black (power), 3=Black (not power), 2=Blue, 1=Red

Additional Wiring Guide

  • L: Black
  • 3: Attached to motor wire
  • 2: Attached to motor wire
  • 1: Attached to reverse switch terminal

Capacitor Information

Usually, there is no connection between this switch and the fan capacitor; however, the capacitor should have one microfarad reading and should have 2-3 wires. Two of the wires should be the same color on one end, for example, one end has 2 reds and the other end has 1 White

Useful Links

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  • Click here to purchase Zing Ear ZE-208s pull chain switch.

6 Comments on “Zing Ear ZE-208s Wiring Instructions”

  1. Hello,

    ZE-208s provides 3-speed settings. The wires are connected to the terminals as follows:
    – Terminal “L” is for hot wire (usually black)
    – Terminal “1” is for high-speed wire connection
    – Terminal “2” is for medium-speed wire connection
    – Terminal “3” is for low-speed wire connection

    To get help with wires codes, you can review our compatibility guide on this link: https://www.ceilingfanswitch.com/ceiling-fan-switch-guide/ (check ZE-208s switch section).

    Thank you

  2. I have an older 3speed ceiling fan with a Zing Ear ZE 268S switch. The switch has 4 wires, L purple, 1 gray, 2 brown & 3 black.
    Can I wire the fan with a Zing Ear ZE 208S Roman Numeral 2?
    Were can I purchase two ZE 268S switches?

    1. I just went through this (11/2019) and have a clear, but unusual answer. For the switch that you have removed from the fan with the purple wire in the L position, you cannot purchase a replacement switch at the big box stores. The switches you get there cycle through L connected to 1, then L connected to 2, then L connected to 3. The “old” switch connects multiple wires in different combinations to attain off/low/med/hi. For example, L+1+3 attains one speed, while L+2+3 attains another.

      I haven’t found a replacement switch that makes those compound connections.

      There is a way to use the key part from the old switch and the new chain-ratchet part from a new switch, but you really need to be comfortable and very organized to make the modification.

    1. This switch is easy to wire, just insert the wire into the holes on the side of the switch (not the surface). Thank you

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