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Zing Ear ZE-208s E89885 Wiring Instructions


  • Before rewiring any ceiling fan, turn off electrical current at source by switching off circuit breakers.
  • WARNING: Failure to disconnect power supply to ceiling fan may result in serious injury or death.


  1. Check wires and make sure to observe and write down which color wire from the fan is connected to which wire on fan switch (1, 2, 3, L).
  2. Cut the four wires from the existing fan switch using wire stripper and set it away.
  3. Strip wires around 1/2 inch.
  4. Connect the Black wire (L) from the new fan switch to wire noted in step 1.
  5. Connect the red wire (1) from the new fan switch to wire noted in step 1.
  6. Connect the Blue wire (2) from the new fan switch to wire noted in step 1.
  7. Connect the White wire (3) from the new fan switch to wire noted in step 1.
  8.  Secure connection between the wires using wire connectors by twisting them clockwise (Connection of wires must be tested and verified, otherwise it may result in fire hazard, electrical shock or serious injuries).

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

  • Harbor Breeze ceiling fan: L=Black, 3=Purple, 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
  • Hunter ceiling fan: L=Black, 3=Green, 2=Brown, 1=Grey
  • Some basket fans: L=Black (power), 3=Black (not power), 2=Blue, 1=Red
  • Some exhaust fans: L=Black (power), 3=White, 2=Brown, 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

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41 thoughts on “Zing Ear ZE-208s E89885 Wiring Instructions”

  1. Please help! My chain broke on my ceiling fan switch! It broke within the switch so it will have to be replaced. Problem is that my 4 wire colors do not match what is advertised. On one side of the switch they are orange and black. On the other side they are yellow and blue. Any recommendations as to what to do and a replacement switch and schematic for matching wires up? Switch is Zing-Ear ZE-208S.
    Thank you

      • My switch is ZE-208S. Color of wires are orange/black/yellow and blue. Don’t know which terminal the black wire was connected to . Fan was in office work area so I was limited for time and had to reassemble.

  2. Yes that is the number on the switch inside my fan. ZE-208s. My colors are orange/black/yellow and blue. I do not know which terminal number the black wire was connected to since I put the fan back together. Only had a small amount of time to work on it since it’s above a secretarys work desk

  3. Have “DEFOND” E72989 switch which is broken, requiring replacement. 4 wires. Colours on the broken switch – L=red, 1=black, 2=blue, 3=black

    Switch type to replace broken one, indicating wire colouring.

  4. What do you do with the white wire from the cord to the fan. This is a floor fan on a pedestal. There is a red wire a black wire and a white wire. Where do they go?

  5. Replacing a fan switch ZE 268s6 ( colors and inst #, L=Black, 1= Grey, 2= Brown, 3=green, ) can not match these numbers to new colors, advice ?

    • Hello,

      If the old switch is the same exact model as the new switch then connect wires the same way as in the old switch based on the terminal number.

      Thank you

  6. Have a Zing Ear ZE-208 E-89885
    Has 6 wires
    Double decked
    4 positions
    2 positions have 2 wires
    Bought a ZE-208D ll but dose not work.

  7. I am installing a ZE_208s II E 89885 switch in my ceilng fan. I can’t seem to be able to push the wires into the new switch. They are stripped to the proper size. Any suggestions

    • Hi,

      Please note the following:

      • The wires should be inserted into the holes on the side of the switch not the holes on the surface.
      • We mentioned in the wiring instructions to remove the wires from the old switch not to cut them because multi-strand wires are solid and soldered together so they can be attached to the switch.
  8. Harbor Breeze 2 capacitor fan, speed switch chain pulled out and is stuck at medium speed. Switch is a ZE 208s , E89885. Replaced the switch trying 3 different ZE 208s all fail to start the fan. One setting on all 3 cause the fan to hum but not turn. If I reinstall the original the fan works at medium speed. All numbers on the replacement switches are the same except for a roman numeral II to the right of part number. Is the replacement no longer supporting a 2 capacitor fan?

  9. Colors of old switch wires are black brown gray and purple Don’t match up the colors of the wires of the new switch even thoughit’s the same number model switch can you wire it by sight proper ly wire

  10. Thanks for the reply. I tried following the site wire recommendations before my email and nothing works.

    Original Hampton Bay fan switch is all black and wired L purple (from reverse switch), 1 gray, 2 brown, 3 black (from fan) 1 and 2 come from capacitors. Fan runs but stuck at medium speed because chain is broken.

    Tried two red and one white switch and both fail the same way. Humming only at one switch position, dead at other positions . There is a compatibility issue between the old black 208s and the new ones. What is work around?

  11. the color of wires on my fan are yellow,purple,black and orange. so how do I hook up switch ze-208s to make my fan work.
    please help lol.

  12. My old 208S still works, but the “neck” is broken, so I purchased a new 208S. The only differences that I can see: the roman numeral ii on the new one, the new one has rectangular indentations on the surface where the old one has small circular holes, and the old one has 24 in the center where the new one has 16. The new one won’t operate the fan. I have wired it exactly the same as the old one. I have also tried every combination of wiring. Is the new one not compatible? The wiring that works on the old is: Black-L, Purple (reverse)-3, Brown (speed)-2, Gray (speed)-1.


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