Electrical Question from Curt about Ceiling Fan Switch Wiring
How to Wire a Ceiling Fan Switch and Outlet: To wire an outlet from the power which is supplied to a ceiling fan the incoming power source to the switch box must be identified and verified that there is a neutral available as well as the hot and the ground.
Ceiling Fan Switch Wiring
Electrical Question: I have a 15 amp switch for the ceiling fan with 4 wires going to it.
- A red wire which is for the switch, black wire for power, white wire for the neutral, and a copper wire for ground.
- How would I bridge a outlet off of that which would stay on all the time and still be able to utilize the switch for the ceiling fan?
- I bought an outlet and Romex with 3 wires, black wire, white wire, ground wire and everything else I will need. Also, how do I know on the switch which wire goes where?
- It’s old, not labeled, and the person that took it off (me) did it in a hurry so I didn’t keep track.
Received from Curt a Homeowner in Wisconsin.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Curt.
How to Wire a Ceiling Fan Switch and Outlet
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan and outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet electrical wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.
Wiring a Ceiling Fan and Switch from an Outlet
- To wire an outlet from the power which is supplied to a ceiling fan the incoming power source to the switch box must be identified and verified that there is a neutral available as well as the hot and the ground.
- Once this is verified then the power source could be extended from that point to the desired location for the outlet.
- Identifying the wiring to understand all of the wires requires a voltage tester.
- Examining some of the wiring diagrams found on the Ceiling Fan area of this website may be very helpful to understand how switches are wire.
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