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Adding a Wall Switch for a Ceiling Fan

Can I run a wire from the ceiling fan down to the wall plug? How to Wire a Switch for a Ceiling Fan as Explained with Easy to Understand Wiring Diagrams.

Wall Switch Wiring for a Ceiling Fan

Electrical Question: Can I run a wire from the ceiling fan down to the wall plug?

Our landlord added a room and put in a ceiling fan, but they didn’t wire it to a wall switch. They said they lost a wire in the wall, so instead of a switch they put in a wall socket. Can I run a wire from the ceiling fan down to the wall plug and install a regular light switch?

This electrical question came from: Richard, a Homeowner from Wittmann, Arizona.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Richard.

How to Wire a Switch for a Ceiling Fan

Application: Wiring a Ceiling Fan Switch.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools and electrical wiring.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan power source or circuit at the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the switch wiring.
Materials: Make sure the switches are fully compatible with the ceiling fan you have and the size of the lamps that will be installed in the fixture.

Wiring a Switch for a Ceiling Fan

Richard, wiring for a wall switch to control the ceiling fan can be added as long as it is done according to code. A competent electrician could most likely locate the wiring that has been lost.

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