Wiring Ceiling Fans for Wall Switches
How To Connect Ceiling Fan Electrical Wiring: When there are 4 wires coming out from ceiling but there are only 3 wires with the fan and light fixture.
How To Connect Ceiling Fan Wiring
Electrical Question: There are 4 wires coming out from ceiling but there are only 3 wires with the fan and light fixture. There are 2 different switches on the wall. One for the fan and the other for the light. I do not know which wire goes with what.
This electrical question came from: Lisa, a Homeowner from Vandalia, Ohio.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Lisa.
Wiring a Ceiling Fan with 3 Wires
Application: Installing a Ceiling Fan.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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.
Wall Switch Wiring for a Ceiling Fan
- Lisa, typically when a ceiling fan has a light there will be a separate blue wire for the light only. If the ceiling fan has a built in remote control then there will only be 3 wires, black, white and the ground.
- Having said this, some ceiling fans may have only the three wires that you have described, and in this case the second wall switch will not be used, so the second wire in the ceiling fan box from the second switch will just be capped off.
- With this type of ceiling fan the main on off control will be from the wall switch, and the fan speed and the light will be controlled by the pull chains switches on the ceiling fan.
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