Ask a Question Home Electrical Wiring Wiring Diagrams Wiring Outlets Electrical Codes


Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagrams and Optional Controls


How to Install Ceiling Fans and the Electrical Wiring

Ceiling Fan Wiring  for Light and Fan Control Options


Ceiling Fan: I have a ceiling fan already installed in a house controlled by a single gang switch.
The fan contains two pull strings (fan on-off and light on-off). However the switch only turns light on-off.
I want to be able to switch blades on-off with the control of that switch as well.
Can I do this?

Background: Jason, a Student from Sacramento,CA

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

Electrical Wiring for Ceiling Fans

How to Install Ceiling Fans and Wiring
Step-by-step pictures – Easy wiring diagrams and installation guide – Light and fan switch variations.

 

ceiling-fan-installation
How to Install Ceiling Fans

Take the mystery out of ceiling fan wiring. Ceiling Fans are a great way to lower your energy bill and brighten up one of your favorite rooms.

This link is helpful as a Student
Electrical Code Articles



Learn How to Wire it Right with my
Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring
Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Includes:
Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electrical Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
Electrical Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.

» Click here to learn more about Home Electrical Wiring «
  repair electrical wiring  


MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC: Ceiling Fans, Wiring Configurations




Click the banner to Ask an Electrical Question:
electrical question


FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

2 Responses to “Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagrams and Optional Controls”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Gary,
    The 45 volt reading is most likely due to a feedback which is typically caused by incorrect wiring connections. Please follow the resources in the article above to which will provide the switch wiring diagrams which will assist you.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. Gary says:

    I have a new home. The ceiling fan box has white, black, Red, & green wires.
    The switch is a single pole switch that has the red & black wires connected to each terminal of the switch, and the white wire is spliced off in the two gang box, and the green wire is grounded.
    I have tested the ceiling wires to find each wire to be hot simultaneously with the switch in either location. The black switch leg tests at 120 volts, the wire tests out 45 at volts. The switch tests out as being OK with the ohms reading.
    I feel this is reacting as if there is an open switch buried in the wall, or am I totally incorrect.
    The goal here was to install a Casablanca ceiling fan without a light operating on a mfg. matched speed control.
    Can you shed some light?