Switching a Bathroom Fan and Light Separately
How to Wire Your Bathroom so the Lights and Fan are on Separate Switches – The key factor is to understand where the power source enters the circuit – The power source will either enter at the switch box or up at the light fixture or the exhaust fan.
Electrical Wiring for a Bathroom Light and Exhaust Fan
Electrical Question: I have a two switches and I’m trying to setup up the bathroom so the lights and fan don’t have to be on at the same time.
- There is an orange and white wire coming from one side which I believe is for the light and then a black and white Romex from where the old fan used to be.
- Basically I want to turn it into a a separate feed.
- Do you have any advice for me?
Thank for your time.
This electrical wiring question came from: Kyle, a Handyman from Minnesota.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Kyle.
How to Wire Your Bathroom so the Lights and Fan are on Separate Switches
- The electrical wiring for separate switching of the bathroom exhaust fan and the light fixture will require identifying the existing circuit and existing switch wiring.
- The key factor is to understand where the power source enters the circuit.
- The power source will either enter at the switch box or up at the light fixture or the exhaust fan.
- A separate cable will need to be installed from the wall switch box to the junction location where the wiring is located for the exhaust fan and the light.
- The wiring will need to be reconfiguration to allow routing the power through the new switch and then to the device to be switched separately.
- Identifying the existing wiring is essential in order for the details to be clarified.
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