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Ceiling Fan Works but Not the Light

Henry in Tennessee asks: I recently installed a ceiling fan with a light. Both the fan and the light are dimmable. When I follow the instructions the fan will come on but the light will not.


Ceiling Fan Switch Problem
Electrical Question: I installed a ceiling fan with a light. Both the fan and the light are dimmable, but the fan will come on but the light will not.

I recently installed a ceiling fan with a light ensemble. Both the fan and the light are dimmable. I purchased the Hunter light switch along with the Hunter fan. – there are two black wires coming out of the box. The two white wires are capped and pushed back into the box. The dimmer switch has four wires–black( hot)–blue (fan)–red (light)–green (ground). Whenever I follow the instructions the fan will come on but the light will not. HELP!

This electrical wiring question came from Henry, a Handyman in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Additional Comments: I am glad I found this web site. I hope this will help me solve my problem.

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

How to Fix a Ceiling Fan Switch Problem

Application: Ceiling Fan Problem with a Wall Switch.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Switch, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Switch should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. A permit and inspections may also be required.

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