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Where Do I Connect Orange and Yellow for Ceiling Fan Wiring?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Your wiring is obviously installed in conduit because these are not standard wire colors that are found in Romex type NM electrical wire. However the white should be a…

Electrical Question from Joe about Ceiling Fan Wiring
Background: Joe, a Homeowner from Chicago, IL

Question: Dave,

Installing a ceiling fan and very confused. From the ceiling box is Orange, Yellow and White wires. What does each color mean? …More importantly, which is hot.
Thanks, Joe

Additional Comments: Great Site!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Joe. Your wiring is obviously installed in conduit because these are not standard wire colors that are found in Romex type NM electrical wire. However the white should be a neutral. If you have two separate wall switches then the Orange is most likely from one switch and the Yellow from the other switch. If you do not have two wall switches then you will need a voltage tester to determine exactly what the voltage and switching configuration really is.

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