Replacing Ceiling Light Fixtures with Ceiling Fans
Darrell in San Antonio Texas asks: How can I replace two ceiling light fixtures with two ceiling fans that also have a light kit? How to Wire Ceiling Fans and Wall Switches.
Wall Switch Wiring for Ceiling Fans
Electrical Question: How can I replace two ceiling light fixtures with two ceiling fans that also have a light kit?
- The 2 ceiling lights are controlled by one on and off wall switch. I need to know what wires are connected from the wall to the fans. I think there is a jumper cable from the 1st light to the second light.
- The cable coming from the wall switch is a 3-wire cable, white, black and a copper ground.
- Each fan has white, black and blue wires coming from it and a green ground wire on the fan bracket brace.
- I did try wiring the fans but when I turned the wall switch to the ON position, there was a pop and the black wire broke in 2 pieces.
- I need a diagram that shows the wiring from the wall switch to each fan showing exactly what wire connects to each other wire for the Hot, Neutral and Ground wires.
Thanks for any kind of help you can get me.
This electrical question came from: Darrell, from San Antonio, Texas.
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How to Wire Ceiling Fans and Wall Switches
Application: Installing a Ceiling Fan.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired 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 ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
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