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Rewiring Installing a Ceiling Fan

Electrical Wiring Connections for a Ceiling Fan Light Fixture – Most ceiling fans have a separate blue wire which is for the ceiling fan light which in your case should be connected to the black wire at the ceiling.


Connections for the Ceiling Fan Light Fixture
  Electrical Question: My ceiling fan, the part that holds the lighting, fell off. I’m trying to put back together. The part that holds the lighting has two wires – one black wire and one white wire. From the ceiling is a wire that is black with a white stripe. I connected all three together. Now fan works but not lights. What did I do wrong? Keep in mind – I am not very good with “real” terminology – black wire, white wire are pretty much what I understand.

Help is appreciated!

This electrical question came from: Debbie, a Homeowner from NC
Additional Comments: I LOVE this website because it helps me get my lights working!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Debbie.

Electrical Wiring Connections for a Ceiling Fan Light Fixture

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
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.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

Most ceiling fans have a separate blue wire which is for the ceiling fan light which in your case should be connected to the black wire at the ceiling.  You should also double check the positions of any switches on the ceiling fan’s light fixture area, including pull chain switches. Make sure that there is a ceiling fan rated electrical box at the ceiling that is well supported and that you are using the correct hardware to mount the ceiling fan.

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