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.
The Following will assist you with your electrical question:
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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