11:50AM | 05/26/06
Member Since: 05/25/06
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I am replacing a ceiling light fixture with a ceiling fan with light. No remote control ... the fan body has separate pull chains for the fan and the light.

The fan has four wires: black, white, black-white, and green (ground). However, the junction box in the ceiling has only three wires: black, white, and ground. Note the ceiling power is controlled by a single two-pole wall switch.

I know that I just "match colors" for black and white and ground, but what about the black-white wire from the fan?

Thank you!

doug seibert

12:13PM | 05/26/06
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
The Black/White wire feeds the Light.......connect it with your other Two Black wires .....

FYI......"controlled by a single two-pole wall switch".....that's correctly called a single pole switch......

"...measure once.....cut twice....throw that one away and cut a new one...."


12:38PM | 05/26/06
Member Since: 05/25/06
2 lifetime posts
I'll give it a try.


11:26AM | 06/11/06
Member Since: 06/10/06
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I have the same situation, but would like to know if with this same setup can I wire the fan to be "hot" all the time (being only able to turn it off by the pull chain) and the light switch only controling the light fixture?




11:45AM | 06/11/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
If the one pair of wires in the ceiling box (excluding ground if any), no. That means that the power comes to the switch first and only switched power is in the box.

If there are 2 cables or conduits (4 wires) or a conduit/cable with 3 wires then you can do this.

Tells me what wires are in the ceiling box and what is connected to what.



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