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Ceiling Fan Connections for Red and Blue Wires

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Install Ceiling Fans and Make the Wiring Connections – If there is a Black and Red wire then this usually means there are two separate wall switches, one for each function.

Wire Connections for Ceiling Fans

Electrical Question: I am replacing a ceiling fan in a bedroom with a hang down type of installation for my sloped ceiling.

This electrical question came from: Jerry, a Homeowner from Safety Harbor, Florida.

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

Ceiling Fan Wiring Connections

Application: Wiring a Ceiling Fan
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

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4 Responses to “Ceiling Fan Connections for Red and Blue Wires”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi John,
    From what you have described, the wall switch at new location will be controlling both the ceiling fan and light, with the exception of the pull chain switches on the ceiling fan. Therefore the blue and black wires of the ceiling fan are connected to the black wire in the ceiling fan box. If you would like to have separate controls for the light and fan then you may consider installing a remote control unit, however the remote unit must not have the dimming feature because the neon light is most likely not compatible with dimmer switches. Please see the Ceiling Fan section of the website for further information.
    Thanks for sharing your project with us,

  2. John says:

    I moved to another house & took my ceiling fan that has a neon light at the bottom.
    At the old location, in addition to the black, white & green wires, there was also red & blue wires hooked together, there were also 2 wall switches.
    At the new location there is no red wire from the ceiling & the blue wire only comes from the fan itself, there is only one wall switch.
    I assume the red and blue wires are for the neon light, cause now it doesn’t come on.
    How can I get the neon to work again without having to call an electrician?

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Kyle,
    The black and white wire of the ceiling fan is typically used for the light of the ceiling fan, and if the ceiling fan does not have a light then it does not need to be connected, but rather just capped off. If there is a light on the ceiling fan then the black wire and the black and white wire are placed together and attached the same way as the original light fixture was connected to it’s black wire. The wiring that you have described is not typical so the connections should be the same as before with the light fixture. Be aware that the ceiling electrical box must be approved for the weight of the ceiling fan, or be an approved ceiling fan box. To be on the safe side the wiring and junction box should be looked at by a qualified electrician to make sure the installation is safe.

  4. kyle kapsiak says:

    I went to install a ceiling fan and when I took down the light fixture that was there I notice that the white wires were all attached to the light, but all of the black wires were all spliced together with electrical tape and not hooked up. A single red wire was attached to the black wire from the light fixture. The ceiling fan has 3 wires black, black and white , and white. I know white goes to white but what do I do with the other wires? This is controlled by a single switch.