Another Receptacle/Celing Fan question


Old 05-31-04, 08:20 PM
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Question Another Receptacle/Celing Fan question

I currently have a receptacle where one side is controlled by a light switch, where black and white wires are connected to the single switch. What I want to do is use the same switch for it's receptacle as well as to control the motor and lights on a ceiling fan. Is there any way this can work without accessing the wiring at the receptacle? If need be I could put a junction box in the ceiling, but I would prefer to do the wiring at the switch box.

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Old 05-31-04, 11:23 PM
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You have the following options, none of which is your first choice:

1) Run the new cable from the ceiling to the receptacle box.
2) Make the receptacle unswitched, and run the new cable from the ceiling to the switch box.
3) Replace the 2-wire (plus ground) cable between the receptacle and switch box with 3-wire (plus ground) cable.

Were you just planning that the same switch control both the fan's motor and the fan's light?

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