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Switch Wiring for a Ceiling Fan and Recessed Lights

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Install Wiring for a Light Switch that controls a Ceiling Fan and Recessed Lights: How do I wire a ceiling fan from a switch box that controls other fixtures?

Wiring Ceiling Fan and Recessed Lights

Electrical Question: How do I wire a ceiling fan from a switch box that controls other fixtures?

Thanks, Frank.

This electrical question came from: Frank, a Homeowner from Gonzales County, Texas.

Additional Comments: Great, informative website.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Ceiling Fan Question Frank.

How to Install Wiring for a Light Switch that controls a Ceiling Fan and Recessed Lights

Application: Wiring for a Ceiling Fan Switch and Recessed Lights.
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 for each device 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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6 Responses to “Switch Wiring for a Ceiling Fan and Recessed Lights”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Bobby,
    Please visit the 3way switch wiring diagrams found in the Wiring Diagrams section of this website. FYI 3way switches are often referred to as 2way, however they are basically the same thing.

  2. Bobby says:

    Wiring diagram for a 2 way switch controlling a ceiling fan, then to a 2 way dimmer switch controlling recessed lighting in the same junction box.

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Lou,
    Adding more light fixtures onto an existing circuit can be done only if the circuit has the capacity for the additional load. The load of the electrical circuit is the concern, however the same is true for the ceiling fan remote control, because it too has a load or watts limitation, and the remote must state that it is compatible with the GU-10 lamps as well. Adding an additional 200 watts onto the existing lighting load of the ceiling fan remote will most likely create an overload condition for that device, but the only way to know for sure is to look at the rating of the remote control.

  4. Lou says:

    Can I connect 4 recess GU-10, 50w. To a ceiling fan.

    As of now I have a fan/light kit with a wall switcth. With pull chains for fan and light.

    I would like to connect 4 of the recess 4″ GU-10 50w kits to a new fan that has a light kit. This new fan is operated by a remote only.
    will this be safe to connect without overloading the breaker or switch?
    I am hoping you will agree. I hope the remote will be able to operate the recess lights with the fan light.

    Thanks in advance for any and all help.

  5. Dave Rongey says:

    Well Jay, it really isn’t too complicated.
    If this were my job I would simply remove the recessed light fixture, then cap off and put the electrical wiring that lead to the recessed light fixture off to the side.
    The opening from the recessed light fixture would be patched with sheet rock and as needed.
    Install the new fluorescent light fixture.
    Bring the electrical wire into the light fixture through one of the provided knock outs and an insulated bushing.
    That’s pretty much the process.


  6. Jay says:

    I have a recess light that I would like to replace with a T8 Fluorescent strip light fixture
    How can I do that?