Connect light kit to ceiling fan

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Old 11-17-11, 11:38 AM
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Connect light kit to ceiling fan

Just moved into a house built in '75 with 2 ceiling fans in the living room. We looked and can't see what brand the fans are. We purchased light kits to brighten up the room, but can't get them connected properly.

The fans have a capped red and black wire, and the light kits have a black and white wire. We connected black to black, and white to red, and it doesn't work. We have a dimmer wall switch for the fan, and a separate dummy switch that we were assuming controlled the to-be-installed fan lights.

Any ideas?? Help!
 
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Old 11-17-11, 01:16 PM
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You need to drop the fan canopy and see what wires are there and how they are connected.

and a separate dummy switch that we were assuming controlled the to-be-installed fan lights.
What is the wiring at this switch?

The fans have a capped red and black wire
Do you mean on the bottom of the fan? Do you mean not connected together but separately capped? I would expect a red and white or blue and white or a female plug with a tag.
 
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Old 11-18-11, 05:58 AM
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The white should connect to the whites, not the red.

Typical fans have two leads; a black for the fan motor and a black with a white stripe or a blue for the fan light. These would be connected to your power sources.
 
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