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rvtampa

04:26PM | 08/26/06
Member Since: 08/25/06
2 lifetime posts
I'm no electrician, but feel I surely had the minimum skill set to successfully put a light kit on existing ceiling fans. However, things are not working. Fans are very basic (Nicor brand). They have the cap with a hole in the center (for a light kit) with plastic plug in the hole. I shut off breaker and removed the cap and found the white and blue wires that had a label saying "for light", so felt pretty good about it. Screwed the light kit in the hole, connected the white to white and black (of kit) to blue of fan, switched on breaker and...no light. Bulb is good. Seems like the current has to be going to white as that wire goes to the fan direction switch and that works. I suppose the kit on/off switch could be bad, but I had more than one kit and tried a different one and that didn't work either. I even tried the two kits on a second celing fan and same result. Seems like all wires from house to fans are connected so I have no idea why light won't go on. I do not have a voltmeter/multimeter to check circuit, but am wondering what could be wrong in such a simple circuit. Pretty frustrating. Any recommendations? Thanks.

Billhart

05:48AM | 08/27/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
"Seems like all wires from house to fans are connected so I have no idea why light won't go on."

Have you specifically checked to see if the blue wire is connected in the ceiling box?

Very likely that it was not connected when the fan was installed.

OR it might have been connected to a different wire. If the house was prewired for fans then there might be a 3 wire cable and the blue light wire is connected to a different wire (mostly likely red if you have sheathed electrical cable wiring).

Then look at the switch box and see what that wire is connected to, if anything.

If if do have a separate wire in the switch box then you can either either connect the blue wire to the same one that the fan black connects to in the ceiling.

Or you can use the extra wire and replace the switch with a fan controller switch. That one device will give you on/off/dimming for the light. And separate control of the fan on/off/speed without using the pull chains on the fan.


rvtampa

09:37AM | 08/27/06
Member Since: 08/25/06
2 lifetime posts
Thanks, Billhart. I found the problem. The blue fan wire was connected to the red house wire in the ceiling box, so I went to the wall switch and saw the red was not connected to the switch. After connecting the red to the switch, the lights worked in the fan.

Billhart

09:56AM | 08/27/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Since you have separate wires for light and fan you might want to replace the wall switch with one of these.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=130622-1811-WM-7WWL&lpage=none

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=164352-000000539-S2-LFSQH-AL

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=78727-539-TG2LFSQHWH

If they don't show then put go to the store locator and put in 64055 as the zip and select Inpendence, MO.

HD and similar stores will have similar products.

I find it much better than have to go to the find and pull the chains 3 or 4 times to get the combination of light and speed that I want.




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