Installing Ceiling Fan Wiring
I want to install a ceiling fan in my bedroom, there is nothing there now. There is one switch on the wall that works on the top half of one of the baseboard outlets…
Ceiling Fan Wiring
Background: Kathleen, a Homeowner from Keymar, MD
Question: Hello and thank you so much for your wonderful site!!!
I am a novice at electrical issues, although I did install some things such as a GFCI and a bathroom fan so I have a basic idea about connections etc.
Here’s my current issue: I want to install a ceiling fan in my bedroom, there is nothing there now. There is one switch on the wall that works on the top half of one of the baseboard outlets. I want to access this circuit somehow but am not sure the best way to do it. I think I can install a second switch (have to install a bigger box) and run cable (14/2 or 14/3 or 12/2 or 12/3??) from this new switch up to the fan and then have the switch run the power and the pull chains for the individual components – light and fan speed.
What is the best way to do this, at the switch by splitting (only one cord coming into that box)or at the outlet? Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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How To Install Ceiling Fan Wiring
Application: Installing a Ceiling Fan.
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.
Install Ceiling Fan Wiring from a Wall Switch
Thanks for your electrical question Kathleen.
The power source for the ceiling fan can come from a wall outlet up to the switch box location where the power can be split, one for the fan motor and one for the light fixture. The new wire size should match the existing wire as found at the wall outlet.
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