Electrical Wiring for Ceiling Fan and Outlets
How to Install Electrical Wiring for Outlets and a Ceiling Fan: Ceiling fans may be controlled individually by the wall switch, pull chain switches or remote control modules.
Ceiling Fan and Outlets
Electrical Question: I would like to run wiring to 3 ceiling fans and lights controlled by a switch.
- I’m using a 12-2 NM cable for the power run to a single pole switch, then to a 12-3 NM cable.
- From that point I would like to run wiring to 3 ceiling fans and lights controlled by the single pole switch, and then add four outlets that will be hot all the time.
- I’m just making sure this design sounds correct.
This electrical question came from: Tarry, from Nenana, Alaska.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Tarry.
Wiring a Ceiling Fan and Outlets
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.
Installing Electrical Wiring for Outlets and a Ceiling Fan
Tarry, your project design sounds fine and I will explain this to help others understand.
- The first 12-2 NM cable would supply a new circuit of power to the switch box location.
- The 12-3 NM cable that will be installed from the single pole switch to the ceiling fans and lights will enable a non-switched hot wire that will provide power for the outlets, and the switch controlled wire that would be used to turn the ceiling fans and lights on and off.
- The ceiling fans may be controlled individually by the wall switch, pull chain switches or remote control modules.
- The neutral and ground wires are spliced through and connected as required.
- The wire color designations are typically Back for the hots and red for the switch leg.
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