COMMUNITY FORUM

elynchking

07:21AM | 05/09/01
Member Since: 05/08/01
1 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
We are installing a ceiling fan where an existing light fixture was. The wiring from the house has a copper grounding wire, a black wire, a white wire and a red wire. The ceiling fan has a green grounding wire, a white wire and a black wire.
Help - what goes with what and where does the extra wire from the house go to?
Thanks.

rpxlpx

11:08AM | 05/09/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
The 2 ground wires go to the frame of the fan (and each other). The 2 white wires go together. As to the red and the black you won't go wrong if you wire the fan the same way the light was wired. Probably both went to the black wire of the light but...
If you don't know how the light was wired, then you'll have to do some testing. Presumeably, the light was controlled by 1 or 2 wall switches. If you have a test meter or light, check from white to black, then from white to red, trying every combination of switches on/off. If there is NO time when BOTH the black and the red are both "on", but each of them is "on" at some time, then you are ok to connect both to the black wire of the fan.
That is to say, if the black/white combination is ON sometimes, and the red/white combination is ON at other times, but never both ON at the same time, then you're OK to connect both red and black to the black wire of the fan.

curban

07:10PM | 05/09/01
Member Since: 04/11/01
9 lifetime posts
I believe what you have is white wire controls the fan from one switch and the red wire would control the light on the fan from another wall switch.

rpxlpx

04:07AM | 05/10/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Curban, the likelihood that one wire is present to control the fan and one to control the light is very low, because this was not originally a ceiling fan installation - it was an overhead light. If there are, in fact 2 switches, (we weren't told for sure) then they are probably 3-way switches, both controlling one light.
With that in mind, however, the whole thing could indeed be wired to have one switch control the fan and one control the light - if that's what is wanted. (But I would guess the black and the red to be switched, not the white and the red.)

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited May 10, 2001).]

Joe Tedesco

09:48AM | 09/29/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
141 lifetime posts
..

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited April 10, 2003).]

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2