Wiring Ceiling Fan to light switch

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Old 03-02-11, 03:54 PM
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Question Wiring Ceiling Fan to light switch

I'm trying to wire a ceiling fan where a light fixture used to be. The fan will be controlled by a light switch. I don't understand what all the wires coming out of the junction box do and as such I don't know which wire to connect the fan's wires to. I have an image attached to help make sense of this. Thanks in advance!



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I suppose I should mention the fan's manual says to connect the following:

White wire from fan to white house wire
black wire from fan to house fan switch?
blue wire from fan to house light switch?
ground wire from fan to green house wire

This all seems backwards but what do I know.

Also, can you connect the thin copper wire (ground?) to the 16 gauge? fan wire?

PLEASE HELP this lost soul!
 
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Old 03-02-11, 04:30 PM
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We need to know in the switch box:

If you have a red, wire. .

If a white wire, possibly recolored, is hooked to the switch.

If the black wire is capped off.

If you want separate switches for fan and light.
 
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Old 03-02-11, 04:46 PM
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I think the Op has a switch loop involved.

The fan white goes to the 2 whites taped together. The fan black goes to either the ceiling red or ceiling black. The fan light blue goes to either the black or red that was not used for the fan. All grounds together.
 
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Thanks for the quick replies! What's the deal with the two black wires with a white wire bundled together?
 
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Old 03-02-11, 06:49 PM
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What's the deal with the two black wires with a white wire bundled together?
One black wire is power in, one black wire is power out to another fixture, and white* is power to the switch.

*The white wire is supposed to be recolored red, or black or any color except gray, or green or left white.
 
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Old 03-02-11, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by pcboss View Post
I think the Op has a switch loop involved.
Hence the questions to verify a switch loop.
 
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Just wanted to thank you for your assistance. It makes undertaking a job that I may know nothing about that much easier. The fan works, the switch only controls the light, buy I'm ok with that. Thanks again!!
 
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Old 03-07-11, 09:40 PM
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Good job. Thanks for letting us know. If you have a red, black, and white wire in the switch box you can probably put the fan and light on separate switches.
 
 

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