Wiring Diagrams for Installing Ceiling Fans

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How to Wire Switches for a Ceiling Fan and Light: Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagrams, Wiring Two Toggle Type Stack Switches or a Double Switch for a Ceiling Fan.

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Electrical Question: I’m putting in a ceiling fan and light kit that is installed properly, but I’m having trouble with the switch.

  • It is a single gang box with Type NM cable and wire coming in.
  • There is a white wire, black wire,  ground wire which is the power from breaker box, and three wires leading to fan which are red for the ceiling fan light kit,  black wire to the fan motor,  then the white wire and ground wires.
  • The switch I have has 2 toggle type switches stacked on top of one another and fits in single gang box. It has a grounding screw and one screw on left two on right that are all brass.
  • I need to know how to hook this up so the light is controlled by one switch, preferably the top switch, and the fan to be controlled by the other.

If you have a wiring diagram that would be greatly appreciated.


This ceiling fan question came from: William, a Homeowner from Marion Indiana.
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Thanks for your Ceiling Fan Question William.

Electrical Answer:

How to Wire a 2 Stack Switch for a Ceiling Fan and Light

Application: Stack Switch for a Ceiling Fan and Light.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with hand tools.
Precaution: Identify the power source circuit at the electric panel, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Materials: Make sure the stack or tandem switch switch is fully compatible with the electrical circuit and the ceiling fan and the light fixture and the type of light bulbs being used.

Wiring  Two Toggle Type Stack Switches or a Double Switch for a Ceiling Fan

  • The 2 stack switch or tandem switch allows two switches to be installed into a single light switch box so that one switch may control the ceiling fan while the other switch operates the ceiling fan light.
  • On one side of the stack switch there are the screws for a common power feed on one side, which may be bridged together or if there are separate power sources then the bridge may be removed.
  • On the opposite side of the switch there are separate screw connections for the individual functions of the light and ceiling fan motor.

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