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Connecting the Red Wire of a Ceiling Fan

How to Connect the Red Wire to a Ceiling Fan: Easy wiring diagrams and Ceiling Fan installation guide.


How to Connect the Red Wire to a Ceiling Fan
[ad#block]Electrical Question: Where do I connect the red wire of the ceiling fan?

This electrical question came from: Samuel, a Handyman from Sacramento, California.

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

Connecting the Red Wire to the Ceiling Fan

Application: Ceiling Fan Electrical Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best performed by a 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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3 Responses to “Connecting the Red Wire of a Ceiling Fan”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Kirk – Great Question.
    When there is a separate red and black wire in the ceiling fan box this usually means that one of the wires is controlled by a wall switch. Typically a ceiling fan is wired so the fan motor has power all the time by the black wire, and the light of the ceiling fan is controlled by the wall switch through the red wire. This may not represent exactly your wiring scenario, and that can only be full understood using a voltage tester. Once the switch controlled wire is identified then you can decide how you want the ceiling fan and light controlled. So your options will then be to connect the ceiling fan blue and black wires to the switch wire for total wall switch control or connect the ceiling fan motor separately to the unswitched power source.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. Kirk says:

    I am replacing a ceiling fan. The old fan had three wires (white, black and blue). The new fan only has two wires (black & white). Can I connect the black wire from the fan to the black and red from the ceiling junction box? The fan is controlled by a single wall switch which has two black wires and the ground wire connected. Thanks for your help. Kirk

  3. Ibrahim says:

    I have a Hanabishi Orbit Fan, but my problem is when I was trying to clean it, I have removed the Wires inside the fan where the White, Yellow, Red,Green and black wires are present, I do not know where to put it because i forgot where i had removed them. PLS help me.