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10:59AM | 06/30/04
Member Since: 06/29/04
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I’m trying to install a ceiling fan/light combo into an existing light fixture in my apartment. I know the apartment was built in the late 60’s or early 70’s, because none of the outlets can accommodate a 3-prong plug without using an adapter. The current fixture has a dimmer type of switch, located on the wall to turn it on/off with. When I removed the fixture there was a 1-white and 1-red coated wire coming from the ceiling and attached to the fixture. There are also two black-coated wires attached together with electrical tape, but not being used. The new fan/light fixture I’ve purchased as 1-Blk / 1-Blue / 1-Wht and 1-green (grounding I think) attached to it. I’ve looked in several do-it-yourself books and none of them show the wire configuration that I have in my ceiling. I want to be able to still use the dimmer switch on the wall, as well as using the pull chains for both the fan and light on my new fixture. At this point I have know clue how to connect my new fixture to the wires in the ceiling. Can anyone one HELP! I would be forever grateful.

Jody (most frustrated)

doug seibert

11:28AM | 06/30/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
That ceiling box is not rated to hold a fan and should be changed to a fan rated box......

No other wires correct ?

The BLACK is an always HOT connection coming from the panel with the WHITE neutral wire.........

The Black feeds another Black wire that extends to the wall switch........The RED returns the switched power from the wall switch to the Ceiling fan location........

WIRE the Fan Black......(always ON-pull-chains) to the Two BLACK existing wires in the ceiling......

WIRE the Light BLUE to the Red ceiling wire........(controlled by the wall switch)

Connect the Whites for the neutral connection

Connect the ground wire to the mounting bracket........

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