The 4th Ceiling Fan Wire
How To Be Sure about Your Ceiling Fan Wire Connections – Step-by-step pictures with Easy wiring diagrams and installation guide for Light and Ceiling Fan switch variations.
Installing and Wiring Ceiling Fans
I am trying to install a ceiling fan and there is a 4th wire in the housing for some reason that always has 12v.
- I can’t find a switch that turns it on or off.
- I found it by shocking myself. Lucky me.
- Is there anyway I can just cut off the end of the wire?
- Does it have to have a switch somewhere?
This electrical wiring question came from: William, a Handyman from AZ
Thanks for your electrical wiring question William.
How To Be Sure about Your Ceiling Fan Wire Connections
William, Is this wire coming from the ceiling fan housing? I would not cut it off, but I would rather cap it with a wire nut. One possibility is that what ever your using to test the wire is actually reading 120 volts because 12 volts is not enough to shock a person from any house wiring. To be sure about your ceiling fan wires just follow the links below to the wiring diagrams.
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How to Install Ceiling Fans and Wiring
Step-by-step pictures – Easy wiring diagrams and installation guide – Light and fan switch variations.
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