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Old 11-06-06, 01:17 PM
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Fan out - light in

My daughter "hates" her ceiling fan and wants a "track light or whatever" installed instead. Well, the fan operates on a pull chain because there's no wall switch to the existing power source for the fan on the ceiling. As far as wiring goes, how would I add a wall switch to this power source so she can flip a switch for the new lights? The existing ceiling fan box is the typical black, white and ground setup but, again, no switch to it. Thanks.
 
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Run a wire from the ceiling box to an appropriate place for the switch and install a switch. Wire as a switch loop.

I will anticipate your next question. The answer is, buy and read the book "Wiring Simplified." It will tell you what a switch loop is, and how to run the wire.

Then post back and we can fill in any details.

Other alternatives include modifying or changing the existing room switch. However, doing that requires that you provide more information about how the fan is wired in relation to the existing switch, and what the existing switch controls.
 
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Old 11-06-06, 08:31 PM
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racraft: Thanks. Here's what I found out; A new length of wire is introduced in the junction box. One end stays in the junction box and the other end goes to the switch. The incoming neutral white wire in the ceiling's junction box attaches to the white wire in the new light fixture with a wire nut. The incoming hot black wire in the junction box is attached to the new wire's white wire with a wire nut making it "hot". This should be marked with black tape to show it's hot. At the switch end, this hot white wire is attached to the switch on one of the terminal screws. It is also marked with black tape to indicate it is hot. The new wire's black wire is attached to the other terminal in the switch. Back at the junction box, the new black wire that just got attached to the switch is attached to the light fixture's black wire with a wire nut. The ground on the new wire is attached at the light fixture and the other end on the switche's ground terminal. Hopefully this is a switch loop you were talking about. Thanks for your time!
 
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Yes, this is a switch loop. It is called a loop because the hot wire (and only the hot wire) makes a loop to the switch and back.

Naturally you want this switch near the door, so plan your routing properly. Assuming NM type cable is allowed where you live use 14-2 if this is 15 amp circuit, or 12-2 if this is a 20 amp circuit.
 
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Old 11-07-06, 09:22 AM
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Thanks racraft! Yes, her room has a great spot for a switch next to her door. The room is closest to the hallway attic door so access will be easy as well.
 
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