The Red Wire and the Blue Wire
How to Connect the Red Wire and the Blue Wire for a Ceiling Fan – Installing an Outdoor Ceiling Fan Wiring an the Electrical Wiring Connections can be a little tricky especially when it comes to the red wire and the blue wire.
Ceiling Fans with Red and Blue Wires
Electrical Question: My outdoor ceiling fan has 3 wires, but box in ceiling also has red wire. What do I do with the red wire? I have whites connected, blacks connected and greens. I do not need the fan’s blue wire for light kit.
This electrical wiring question came from: Beverly, from Melbourne, Florida
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Beverly
How to Connect the Red Wire and the Blue Wire for a Ceiling Fan
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 and access to the ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Installing an Outdoor Ceiling Fan Wiring an the Electrical Wiring Connections can be a little tricky especially when it comes to the red wire and the blue wire.
Outdoor Ceiling Fan Wiring
- If the ceiling fan does not have a light then the red wire and the blue wire may be capped off using a wire nut.
- Most ceiling fans come pre-wired with a blue wire therefore a light kit may be added as an option.
- Some home are pre-wired with a separate red wire from the wall switch box to the ceiling fan box to allow from a separate switch that will control the light fixture.
- The separate switch may also be a dimmer control that is compatible with the installed lamps.
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