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nstonehouse

03:56PM | 02/03/03
Member Since: 05/20/01
11 lifetime posts
hi. i'm wanting to replace the ceiling fan in my dining room with a chandelier. here's the problem: the ceiling fan itself is hardwired with no wall switch for control. the lighting fixture on the ceiling fan DOES have a wall switch. here's my question: can i just put the ceiling fan wires into a wire nut and then connect my new chandelier to the old lighting wires (so it can be controlled by the switch)? if not, what do i do with the ceiling fan hot wires?

thanks
nicole

gletiecq

07:13PM | 02/03/03
Member Since: 01/01/03
35 lifetime posts
If you have switched power that runs to where you want to have a light fixture, and the switch is capable of handling the current that the light will use (which it almost certainly is), yes, you can.

The question is whether you have the skill and experience to identify the correct wires, and how they'll attatch. You'll also need to disconnect the no longer utilized wires at the box where they draw power. It's a safer alternative than leaving them intact and using wire nuts to sort of "cap off" those wires.

If you're not sure how to do this, look for someone who does. It's a small job, and the small expense of having someone experienced do the work will save you worrying about this later.

Greg

joed

02:25AM | 02/04/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
It is most likely the the power for the fan is also the power for the light though the switch. You probably will not have to cap anything off just remove the fan wire from connection that has 3 wires in it now.


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