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Wiring a Ceiling Fan to a Switch Box


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How do I add a Second Switch for a Ceiling Fan and Light? How to Wire a Switch for a Combo Ceiling Fan and Light.

Wiring Switches for a Ceiling Fan

Electrical Question: How do I add a second switch for a new ceiling fan and light?

This electrical wiring question came from: Cleo, a Homeowner from Phoenix, Arizona.

Additional Comments: Great!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Cleo.

How to Wire a Switch for a Ceiling Fan and Light

Application: Wiring a Ceiling Fan and Wall 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.

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One Response to “Wiring a Ceiling Fan to a Switch Box”
  1. chuck albrecht says:

    It is important to understand that neutral wires should not be connected to switches because this would create a direct short.
    NOTE:
    Dave has reworded this comment which originally described a concern about the wiring of the neutral wire of the circuit to the neutral wire for the ceiling fan. The original article has been updated for further clarification.