Need advice on adding spot lights


  #1  
Old 12-28-20, 11:30 AM
C
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2020
Posts: 5
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Need advice on adding spot lights

Hello DIY community,

I want to add led recess lighting to a bedroom; there is currently a fan in the room with a built-in light. I would like the fan to remain in the room and use it to power the led lights.

Questions:

1) Is it possible to only connect the led lights to the light from the fan, so that I may use the fan remote to turn on/off the lights?
2) I would like to avoid going into the attic to run wire, is it okay to run Romex electrical wire over a beam, not secured? Do I have to drill and run the wire through the beam or staple it to the beam?
3) Should I be using a 12/2 electrical wire (I believe this is what I currently have)?

Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you!
 
  #2  
Old 12-28-20, 01:37 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 65,121
Received 3,989 Upvotes on 3,580 Posts
Welcome to the forums.

You cannot connect extra LED lights to the fan's light dimmer circuit. If you have two switches controlling the fan and light...... you could put your new lights on the light switch. Otherwise you will need to create a new switched circuit for the ceiling lights.

You need to use the same size wiring as the circuit currently uses.
 
  #3  
Old 12-28-20, 01:50 PM
C
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2020
Posts: 5
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
PJmax

I have attached the link for the receiver my fan uses. The blue wire is for the lights. Is it not possible to connect the LEDs to this blue wire and the white wire?

Thank you!
 
  #4  
Old 12-28-20, 03:09 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 65,121
Received 3,989 Upvotes on 3,580 Posts
I don't see any attached link.

A wireless fan/light receiver is rated for usually 150-200 watts maximum and no LED's.
Most fan remote receivers state incandescent only.
 
  #5  
Old 12-28-20, 03:55 PM
C
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2020
Posts: 5
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...1-dc3240e894a8

Here is the link. I understand, thank you for the information. Instead of this can I take power from an outlet, add a switch, and connect it to the LEDs?

Thank you!
 
  #6  
Old 12-28-20, 04:47 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 65,121
Received 3,989 Upvotes on 3,580 Posts
Sure you can take power from a receptacle thru a switch to the lights.

That fan control will control LED lights but only on/off..... no provision for dimming.
 
  #7  
Old 12-28-20, 05:35 PM
C
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2020
Posts: 5
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Thank you, so then I can connect LED lights either to the fan/light combo or through an outlet? I don't mind that dimming won't work.

As for wiring, can I run the electrical wire over a beam? Does the wire need to be secured or run through the beam?

PJmax
 
  #8  
Old 12-28-20, 11:01 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 65,121
Received 3,989 Upvotes on 3,580 Posts
The wiring needs to be run protected. If nothing can hit the wire or stand on it.... it should be ok
 
  #9  
Old 12-29-20, 05:40 AM
C
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2020
Posts: 5
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Thank you for the help PJmax !
 
  #10  
Old 12-29-20, 08:54 PM
M
Member
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 3,914
Received 27 Upvotes on 21 Posts
Assuming there are two switches to the fan, you could steal the switch leg inside the fan ceiling box to power the recessed lights, then wire the fan light/fan to the other switch. Then you'd use one wall switch to turn on/off the recessed lights and the other switch to control the fan. You'd have to use the pull chains to control the fan and fan light but that shouldn't be a big deal. Or you could control the fan with a remote.
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: