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Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagram Black White Red and Green Wires

How to Connect the Black White Red and Green Wires of a Ceiling Fan to the Wires in the Ceiling Electrical Box: Connecting the white, black, blue and green wires.

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Wiring a Ceiling Fan
Electrical Question: I am trying to install a ceiling fan. The ceiling fan itself has a white, black, blue and green wires.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Background: Carline, a Homeowner from Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Connect the Wires to a Ceiling Fan

Application: Ceiling Fan Wiring Connections.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best performed by a Certified Electrician or 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 switched outlet wiring and the proposed location for the ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the switched outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring for a ceiling fan should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Carline.

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14 Responses to “Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagram Black White Red and Green Wires”
  1. Richard says:

    I am changing ceilings fans. The original was a fan with lights and I have separate wall switches for fan and light. I am replacing it with a fan that also has a light. We are just makinga “style” change. In the ceiling are 2 sets wires- One has 3 wires; black, white and bare. The other has 4 wires; black, white, red and bare. There is a green ground wire on the ceiling fan mount plate. Now, coming out of the fan are 3 wires and the green ground. The wires are black, black/white and white. The instructions are woefully scant and do not account to the 6 wires from the ceiling. Please tell me how these should be connected inorder to preserve the dual switch option.

  2. Dave says:

    Hi,,I just bought 2 dayton industrial 56″ceiling fans and canot figure how to wire them?..I have BLK, RED,BRN.WHT,GRN…This is a reverseable fan but donot believe that it is multi speed..Can you help?

  3. Ryan says:

    I have a new home which has a switch that turns power on to a socket. I am installing a new ceiling fan. (it is not prewired). I want to tie into the existing switch that ties into the existing outlet so the switch controls the fan and outlet. Is this OK and whats the best practice

  4. Jim says:

    I am replacing a broken ceiling fan in my family room. I have 3 wall switches for the fan light and 1 for the fan itself. I also am installing a remote control as the ceiling is 18 ft high. I have a black, red and white wire from the ceiling. The remote control device only has a black and white going to the power. How do I wire this?

  5. admin says:

    Hi Jim,
    Please follow the links to the Ceiling Fan section which fully explains the process of How to Wire a Ceiling Fan Remote Control switch.

  6. sarah says:

    I have a ceiling fan that has wire spots marked A N E & LA but no wires coming from them. The wires coming from my ceiling are red black white and green. Which wire goes into which labelled space in the fan? This is a fan with a light that has no control except for the wall switch which has an on off switch for the light and a dial (3 speeds and of) for the fan. How do I wire this so it will work correctly?

  7. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Please provide the Manufacturers Brand Name and Specific Model Number of your ceiling fan, and if the location of the ceiling fan is in the USA, UK or other.


  8. Robbie Williams says:

    I am trying to hook up a ceiling fan. It has blue, black, white and green wire the wires in the house are red, black, white and green. Do I hook the blue to the red?

  9. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Robbie,
    In most installations like you have described, the red wire is connected to the blue wire if there is a separate wall switch which controls the light of the ceiling fan, and the red wire is connected to the wall switch. This is best discovered using a voltage tester and flip the switch on and off.
    I hope this helps,

  10. sam says:

    The guest is talking about how the remote control receiver only has a white and a black input while the ceiling has black red and white output. Your indicated tutorial doesn’t talk about how to wire this case. Where do the ceiling red and ceiling black wires go into the remote receiver if the receiver only has input white and input black.

  11. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Sam,
    The ceiling wires will need to be positively identified to know their functions and how the circuit wiring is controlled. In some installations where there is one 3-wire cable in the ceiling box with a red, black and white wire there may also be two wall switches present, typically one switch for the ceiling fan motor, and one switch for the ceiling fan light. In this example the black wire from the ceiling box is generally attached to the black wire of the remote module, and the white wire of the ceiling box attaches to the white wire of the module.
    I hope this helps,

  12. Jack Kurowski says:

    I am installing a ceiling fan that has white, black, red and ground wires. The wires coming out the ceiling are black, white and ground. The fan has a light attached. The wall switch is located near the bedroom door and controlled the light fixture I replaced with the fan. I cannot get both the light and fan to work at the same time. What is the proper wiring?

  13. Rick says:

    My ceiling box has white, black, bare copper, red and beige wires. My ceiling fan has white, black, blue and ground. I only have one wall switch. How do I connect the wires?

  14. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Rick,
    In a case such as this the wiring will need to be identified. A voltage tester would be very helpful to identify the circuit source power and neutral wire, and the the wires that are used for the switch. When identifying the wires used for the switch we typically find two wires, where the circuit power wire typically connects to one wire leading down to the wall switch, and another wire which supplies the power back up to the ceiling box when the switch is turned on, and this is typically the wire that attaches to the black and blue wire of the ceiling fan when only one wall switch is used. The remaining white neutral wire of the circuit connects to the white wire of the ceiling fan, and the ground wires all connect together. The wall switch will be the main switch, and the pull chains are used to operate the fan speed, and the light if there is one included.
    I hope this helps you.
    Be Safe,