Ceiling fan wiring

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Old 02-08-03, 03:50 PM
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Ceiling fan wiring

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My question is I ran new wiring to install a ceiling fan with no previous fixtures. The wire I added goes to an existing wall switch. The wire I added has black, white, red, and a non insulated wire. My fan has white, black, and blue. Can you tell me what wires connect to what at the fan, and what wires connect to the light switch and how.
 
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You have added enough wire to allow two switches, one for the fan motor and one for the fan light. But you'd need to have two wall switches for that.

If you only want one switch, you will not need the red wire. Simply attach fan's black and blue to ceiling's black. Connect white to white. The fan should also have a green wire that you can attach to the bare wire from the ceiling. At the switch, connect the black from your new cable to either one of the two non-green screws on the switch. Connect the white of your new cable to the other white(s) in the box. Connect the power supply black wire to the other non-green screw on the switch. Connect the grounding wires together with a green wire nut and to the green screw on the switch. Cap off the red wire at each end.

If you will have two switches, then attach black from the fan to black from the ceiling. Connect red from the ceiling to blue from the box. Connect white from the ceiling to white from the fan. Connect green from the fan to bare from the ceiling. You will need to replace the existing wall switch with a duplex switch. Connect power supply black to either screw on the side of the duplex switch that has the tab on it (look carefully at the duplex switch). Connect the red and black of your new cable to the two screws on the other side of the switch. Connect whites and bare as described above.

Make sure the box in the ceiling is a fan-rated metal box so that the fan won't fall on your head.

I realize that you may have other questions. Ask away!
 
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