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Wiring for Ceiling Fans


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Connect a New Ceiling Fan’s 4 Wires Coming From the Fan: The Main Wiring Connections of a Standard Ceiling Fan.

Internal Wiring for Ceiling Fans

Electrical Question: How do I connect a new ceiling fan that has 4 wires coming from the fan winding with the two wires of the capacitor, and of course make the connection with the supply phase and neutral?

This electrical question came from: Sasanka in Dallas, Texas.

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

How to Wire a Ceiling Fan

Application: Wiring a Ceiling Fan.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
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.

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3 Responses to “Wiring for Ceiling Fans”
  1. Waseem says:

    How can I connect fan capacitor with 4 wires coming out, 2 red + 2 blue wires?

  2. rajan says:

    There are two coil windings o the motor.
    One is the inner winding and one is the outer winding.
    What is each winding called?
    One is the start winding and one is the run winding.

  3. rajan says:

    How to connect a new ceiling fan’s (4 wires coming from the fan winding) with capacitor two wire and of course with the supply (phase & neutral? How to know in a ceiling , and which wire is for the running winding & which wires is for the starting winding with the help of a Multimeter?