Outdoor Ceiling Fan and GFCI Protection
How to Wire and Install an Outdoor Ceiling Fan: When installing an outdoor ceiling fan, does the fan have to be connected to an GFI circuit?
When Is GFCI Protection Required for Outdoor Ceiling Fans
Electrical Question: When installing an outdoor ceiling fan, does the fan have to be connected to an GFI circuit?
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How to Install an Outdoor Ceiling Fan
- If the fan is accessible and you are using the pull chain to operate it while being in contact with a grounded surface, or if the ceiling fan, a light fixture or a light fixture outlet is within 5 feet of the inside wall of a hot tub or spa then GFCI protection is required.
- If the fan is totally out of reach and it does not have direct contact with moisture then it should not be a problem.
- This can be treated the same as outside light fixtures, where even though they can be accessible, they are not required to be on a GFCI protected circuit, but within an area such as a hot tub or spa then the location issues will need to be addressed.
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