05:09PM | 09/18/08
Member Since: 09/17/08
1 lifetime posts
I have a power wire from a junction box in the attic to the ceiling box for the fan. It has black, white and ground in it. How many wires do i need to run to the switch box, and then how do the wires hook up to get the fan on a separate switch than the light.


04:07AM | 09/20/08
Member Since: 07/22/04
526 lifetime posts
i would go with a three conductor to save wear and tear on the fan pull chain switch,since you're starting from scratch.


06:00PM | 09/25/08
Member Since: 09/24/08
10 lifetime posts
more info please.

how many switches for light and fan?


06:16PM | 09/29/08
Member Since: 01/09/07
197 lifetime posts
Like LarryG said, use a 3 conductor (+ ground) for this. Even if you are using a pull chain instead of a wall switch for now, installing 3 wires will make it easy to change that sometime in the future.

If you are installing 2 separate wall switches, connect it like this:

In the ceiling box, connect the incoming white wire to the white wires for the fan & the light. Connect all the grounds together. From the 3-conductor cable, take the white wire, put some black tape on it to mark it as a power wire, and connect it to the black wire of the incoming power cable. Connect the black wire of the 3-conductor cable to the black wire of the light. Connect the red wire of the 3-conductor cable to the wire to the fan (black, or possibly blue).

Then in the wall box, take the white wire and mark it with black tape at this end, too. Then connect it to one side of BOTH the switches (may need a short pigtail of wire to do this. Then connect the black wire to the other side of the light switch, and the red wire to the other side of the switch for the fan.


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

Colorful, useful, and fun, these tire planters form the foundation for a delightful container garden. Just spray-paint old... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... 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... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... 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