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Wiring Switches for Two Ceiling Fans

I would like to wire two ceiling fans, the source goes to the box first, I want to use two separate switches to operate the fans and lights separately…

How to Wire Two Ceiling Fan Switches
Question: I would like to wire two ceiling fans — the source goes to the box first — I want to use two separate switches to operate the fans and lights separately. Thanks for your help.

This electrical question came from: CHUCK, a Homeowner from SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question CHUCK.

Wiring Two Switches for Ceiling Fans

Chuck, to wire the second ceiling fan separately from the first ceiling fan the power source must be obtained from before the first ceiling fan switch, or obtain a separate power source for the second ceiling fan.

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2 Responses to “Wiring Switches for Two Ceiling Fans”
  1. Len says:

    I have a ceiling fan I want to install in a stairwell & I need a remote as it will be hard to reach. the fixture box inn the stairwell is connected to a 3 way switch that has a switch at the top of the stairs & at the bottom. I have purchased an aftermarket Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan remote Wall Control. The local building code says that the light in a stairway must be on a 3 way switch that controls the light at the top, and the bottom of the stairs. Could I get a second wall remote for the bottom of the stairs to control the same fan so it meets code? How do you set that up?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Len,
      You could get a second remote control for the ceiling fan and attach each remote control at the ends of the stairwell. The remote controls have dip switches which are typically located inside the 9 volt battery compartment. The dip switches should all have the same settings as the dip switches of the control module that is wired up at the ceiling fan. You can see more about dip switch settings at the ceiling fan remote control page.
      Dave

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