06:09AM | 10/11/04
Member Since: 10/10/04
2 lifetime posts
As my subject indicates, I am trying to run a bathroom fan and light on seperate switches. Here is the visual:

I have three wires running to the attic from the switch; they are a black, white and red. The switch is a 2-rocker switch (Leviton).

In the attic, my bathroom appears to be running on parallel wiring as there is a white and a black running to the fan/light wiring and a white and a black running from it (I believe to the next room).

The fan and light each have two wires. There is a white and black, and a white and blue.

I currently have the fan and light working at the same time by wiring their blue and black to the red coming from the switch (the red is connected to one of the loads) The black is the common (running hot I believe) and the white is connected to the two whites from the fan/light, but is unconnected to the switch.

I am unsure how to seperate the loads. The house is older and the wiring has no ground wire.



12:17PM | 10/11/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
If I understand you correctly your switch has:

Black = Power to switch

Red = Switchleg to light/fan

White = Neutral

If this is correct then you don't have enough wires to seperate the loads.

You could run another cable of 12/2 to the switch for the switch power and take the existing black and red and turn them into switch legs.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!


02:38PM | 10/11/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
You need to wire it as a switch leg.

At the fan connect the white wire fromthe switches to the 2 black wires.

Color the white wire black witha a marker or piece of tape.

Connect the red wire to the fan black.

Connect the black wire to the light black.

Conect the other 2 whites together with the fan and light whites.

At the switches

Color the white wire black with tape or marker. Connect it to the common screws of the switch.

Connect the red and black wires to the other 2 switch terminals.


03:19PM | 10/16/04
Member Since: 10/10/04
2 lifetime posts
JoeD TPerez,

Thanks for the help on how to wire the switch leg. I did it today and all works well. If you lived in my area (Barrie, ON) we would have to have a 'pop'.




Post a reply as Anonymous

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


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

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, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon