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How to Wire a Ceiling Fan to the Ceiling Box

How are the wires connected from the ceiling fan to the ceiling box? Ceiling Fan Wiring diagrams, What to do When Your Ceiling Fan Project Has a Problem.

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Electrical Question: How are the wires connected from the ceiling fan to the ceiling box?

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This electrical wiring question came from: Jeff, a Homeowner from Charleston, West Virginia.

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Wiring a Ceiling Fan to a Ceiling Box

Application: Ceiling Fan Electrical Wiring.
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.

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2 Responses to “How to Wire a Ceiling Fan to the Ceiling Box”
  1. Robert Fishkin says:

    I am installing a Hampton Bays ceiling fan as a replacement for an older model. Can I wire without attaching the green ground wire? My house wiring is more than 75 years so there is no ground from the ceiling box to connect to. The fan I removed did not have the green ground connected. It was attached to the fan on one end and the other was loose wire. The ground comes attached to the mounting bracket on the new model. What, if anything, do I attach the other end to?

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Robert,
    When a ground wire is not included with the original circuit wiring of the home then the ceiling fan will not have the safety protection that the ground system will provide. Therefore this may be a great time to consider upgrading the electrical wiring, or have a ground wire installed from the ceiling fan location to the ground system of the electrical panel.
    Thanks for sharing your ceiling fan question with us,