Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagrams and Optional Controls
How to Install Ceiling Fans and the Electrical Wiring
Ceiling Fan Wiring for Light and Fan Control Options
Ceiling Fan: I have a ceiling fan already installed in a house controlled by a single gang switch.
The fan contains two pull strings (fan on-off and light on-off). However the switch only turns light on-off.
I want to be able to switch blades on-off with the control of that switch as well.
Can I do this?
Background: Jason, a Student from Sacramento,CA
Thanks for your electrical question Jason.
Electrical Wiring for Ceiling Fans
- Yes – you can do this. From what you have described then fan motor is wired to a non-switched or hot wire.
- The ceiling fan motor wire (typically black) would need to be removed from the existing connection, cap off the existing connection, then attach the fan motor wire to the same wire that the ceiling fan light is connected to, as long as the light is not being controlled by a dimmer switch.
How to Install Ceiling Fans and Wiring
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