Ceiling fan questions.


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Old 10-31-13, 11:12 AM
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Ceiling fan questions.

Hey guys. I need some help. I replaced a ceiling fan with a light in our bedroom. I want to be able to use the wall switch to turn the light on and off, but still have the fan running all the time. There are 2 other fans in my house that work this way, but the bedroom fan does not. I don't know anything about wiring, but the wall switch has 2 wires (black and white) and the ceiling outlet has 2 wires (balck and white). Everything works fine, but the fan and lights both go on and off with the switch. I cant leave the fan on without having the wall switch on and it gets frustrating having to use the chain on the fan to turn the lights off. I cant remember if the previous fan worked the way Im wanting this one to or not. I hope Im making myself clear as to what I want. If you need more information to help, just ask and maybe I can figure it out.

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Old 10-31-13, 12:40 PM
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If the switch only has one white and one black in the box and they are both connected to the switch..... then you can only have a switch leg.

Look into the box at the ceiling. Do you see two cables with a total of two black and two white wires ? If you have the four wires then you can wire the fan always on and switch the light.
 
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Old 11-01-13, 07:45 PM
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Or you can install a wall control that controls both the fan and the light through a remote receiver mounted in the fan canopy.
 
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Where does the power go to first?

It sounds like the power comes to the switch first and not the ceiling box. Mod Note: NO it does not. If the existing wiring has only 1 switch for control, and the power comes to the switch first, then you can only control power to the ceiling fan assembly by using the switch, and you have to control the fan and the light with the pull-chains when the wall switch is on.

If this is your set up and you dont like using the pull-chains then the only other option might be to install a universal remote control (See Link) allowing you to control the fan and the light seperatly with the switch on.

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I hope this helps!
 

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Old 11-01-13, 10:15 PM
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The OP has only two wires at the switch. That means the power does not come in there and I'm pretty sure the replacement remote control fan wall switch requires a neutral which is not present.
 
 

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