Install and Wire a Ceiling Fan
By Dave Rongey
In this Series an Expert Electrician Explains How to Install Ceiling Fans and Make the Wiring Connections Complete with Wiring Diagrams, and Wiring Connections.
Why You Should Consider Installing a Ceiling Fan
The Benefits of a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling Fans can help Save Energy
Here’s how ceiling fans assist a home’s energy
efficiency, according to the American Lighting Association:
The air movement from a ceiling fan makes the occupants feel more
comfortable. Ceiling fans cool in the summer by wind chill.
In the summer, a ceiling fan makes the air seem as much as eight degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler.
The breeze of a ceiling fan can make a temperature of 78-80 degrees feel like 72, so the air conditioning thermostat can stay set at 78, resulting in
a lower electric bill.
Energy Savings with Ceiling Fans
Replacing an existing fixture with a ceiling fan, or adding a ceiling fan to a new location will require you to select an electrical box that is approved for ceiling fans. This and a few other issues are covered in this series, along with typical wiring diagrams. Many homes still do not have a single ceiling fan according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy Data. Households that did have ceiling fans reportedly averaged more than 2 per home! Research shows that there is a big difference in ceiling fan use in various regions and states. Almost 85% of homes in Florida had at least one ceiling fan, yet 53% of people in California were completely without these simple energy-saving devices.
Wiring a Ceiling Fan
There are a variety of ways to install and wire a ceiling fan. Here are a few examples that describe the process.
With this method the ceiling fan operates by the pull chains only. If you have this situation and you do not wish to have a wall switch installed, then the solution would be to purchase a ceiling fan with a remote control unit. Now your remote control will take the place of the switch. Most of the remote controls will allow you to select three speeds for fan control and three levels of light.
The Series of Articles:
Installing a Ceiling Fan
This wiring diagram explains how the power is starting at the switch box where a splice is made.
This wiring diagram explains how the power is starting at the ceiling fan box and wires to two switches.
How to Install a Ceiling Fan Box and the Support with Photos The example shows the flat ceiling fan box, a spanner bracket box the box marker for drilling the hole for the ceiling fan box, installing the wire and attic wiring, wiring to the ceiling fan box, measure for the ceiling fan box support, installing the ceiling fan support brace, the electrical wiring to the ceiling fan box, and installing the brace for the box for the ceiling fan.
Ceiling Fan Installation This series of photos show the electric wire to ceiling fan box, preparing to mount the ceiling fan box,wire into the ceiling fan box through a wire bushing, attaching the ground wire, mounting the cradle bracket, the ceiling fan wires are connected, close the canopy, attach the fan blades and wiring a double stack switch,installing double stack switch, and explain how to connect the ceiling fan wiring blue wire.
Ceiling fan remote controls can be extremely useful, especially when it comes to controlling the lighting separately from the fan speed.
Remote control ceiling fans can be extremely useful, especially when it comes to controlling the lighting separately from the fan speed, even when your electrical wiring did not provide separate wall switches.
Identifying the ceiling fan remote control frequency switch locations and settings with step-by-step photos and instructions.
Replacing a standard wall switch with a ceiling fan remote control switch module - step-by-step photos and instructions.
This ceiling fan remote control kit is installed into a hugger ceiling fan assembly.
This ceiling fan remote control kits is installed with a typical cradle bracket assembly where the remote module is inserted into the cradle which will be covered by the ceiling fan canopy.
Fully explained remote control ceiling fans articles with questions and answers.
Ceiling Fan Motor and Blade Rotation Settings In the summer, a ceiling fan makes the air seem as much as eight degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler.
Ceiling Fan Motor and Blade Rotation Settings In the winter, a ceiling fan makes the air seem as much as fifteen degrees (Fahrenheit) warmer.
Outdoor Ceiling Fan Installation- Series #1. Outdoor Ceiling Fans are a great addition to your outdoor patio.
Outdoor Ceiling Fan Installation - Series #2. Continuing with the installation and assembly, the ceiling fan becomes a fine addition to this patio.
This Airplane Ceiling Fan installation was one of the most unusual ceiling fans I have ever had the pleasure of installed.
The Airplane Ceiling Fan installation continues as with the fan motor being hung from the ceiling canopy.
The most commonly asked questions about installing Ceiling Fans, controls, light ceiling fan fixtures and other ceiling fan wiring questions and answers.
Complete Guide for Installing Ceiling Fans with full featured pages with photos and wiring diagrams to help you with your ceiling fan project.
Make sure there is a 7 Foot clearance between the
floor and the blades of the fan.
Questions about Installing and Wiring a Ceiling Fan
Updated: January 16, 2020 By: Dave Rongey
Ceiling Fan With Flashing Light Problem
How to Fix Flashing Lights on a Ceiling Fan: The Most Common Problems that Cause Ceiling Fan Lights to Flash On and Off and How to Fix Them.
Updated: February 15, 2019 By: Dave Rongey
Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagram Black White Red and Green Wires
How to Connect the Black White Red and Green Wires of a Ceiling Fan: Connecting the white, black, blue and green wires.
Updated: April 17, 2019 By: Dave Rongey
Basic Ceiling Fan Remote Control Problems
How should I troubleshoot a problem with a ceiling fan remote control? The Most Common Causes of Ceiling Fan Remote Control Problems.
Updated: November 19, 2019 By: Dave Rongey
Wiring a Ceiling Fan with Other Lights and Outlets
Matthew in Florida asks: How can I connect a ceiling fan to my home wiring? Switch Box Wiring for a Ceiling Fan and Outlets, Ceiling Fan Circuit Wiring, Wiring a Ceiling Fan with a Shared Circuit.
Updated: December 30, 2019 By: Dave Rongey
How To Solve Ceiling Fan Wiring Problems
How Can I Fix a Wiring Problem with my Ceiling Fan and Switches? How to Identify Ceiling Fan and Light Switch Wiring Problems, Troubleshoot and Repair Ceiling Fan and Switch Wiring.
Updated: July 31, 2018 By: Dave Rongey
How to Install Ceiling Fans and Remote Control Wiring
How do I wire a universal remote control for my ceiling fan? Installing a Ceiling Fan and Remote Control Module, Wiring diagrams and installation guide for Light and fan switch variations.
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The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!
The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!
The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets
Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency
Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included
Tests standard 3-wire outlets
Light indicates if wiring is incorrect
Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!
The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.