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Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagram Black White Red and Green Wires


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Connect the Black White Red and Green Wires of a Ceiling Fan: I am trying to install a ceiling fan, the fan itself has a white, black, blue and green wires.


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Electrical Question: I am trying to install a ceiling fan. The fan itself has a white, black, blue and green wires.

  • The supply circuit has a black, red, white, and copper wires.
  • I color coded them, but I am left with the blue wire from the fan and the copper and red wire from the supply circuit.
  • According to the instruction stated to connect the ground conductor of the 120V supply (this may be a bare or a wire with green colored insulation to the green ground lead(s) of the fan.
  • I only have the red and the copper wires left on the supply circuit.
  • Am I correct to connect the blue wire to the copper wire.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Background: Carline, a Homeowner from Foxboro, MA.

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Carline.

Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagram

How to Connect the Black White Red and Green Wires of a Ceiling Fan

  1. The Red wire from the junction box connects to the Blue wire on the Ceiling Fan.
  2. The Bare Copper wire from the junction box connects to the Green wires on the Ceiling Fan.
  3. Because your junction box wiring has a separate Black and Red wire, this normally indicates that there are two separate wall switches, one for the Fan Motor (Black) and one switch for the Ceiling Fan Light Fixture (Red).

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7 Responses to “Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagram Black White Red and Green Wires”
  1. sarah says:

    I have a ceiling fan that has wire spots marked A N E & LA but no wires coming from them. The wires coming from my ceiling are red black white and green. Which wire goes into which labelled space in the fan? This is a fan with a light that has no control except for the wall switch which has an on off switch for the light and a dial (3 speeds and of) for the fan. How do I wire this so it will work correctly?

  2. Jim says:

    I am replacing a broken ceiling fan in my family room. I have 3 wall switches for the fan light and 1 for the fan itself. I also am installing a remote control as the ceiling is 18 ft high. I have a black, red and white wire from the ceiling. The remote control device only has a black and white going to the power. How do I wire this?

  3. Ryan says:

    I have a new home which has a switch that turns power on to a socket. I am installing a new ceiling fan. (it is not prewired). I want to tie into the existing switch that ties into the existing outlet so the switch controls the fan and outlet. Is this OK and whats the best practice

  4. Dave says:

    Hi,,I just bought 2 dayton industrial 56″ceiling fans and canot figure how to wire them?..I have BLK, RED,BRN.WHT,GRN…This is a reverseable fan but donot believe that it is multi speed..Can you help?

  5. Richard says:

    I am changing ceilings fans. The original was a fan with lights and I have separate wall switches for fan and light. I am replacing it with a fan that also has a light. We are just makinga “style” change. In the ceiling are 2 sets wires- One has 3 wires; black, white and bare. The other has 4 wires; black, white, red and bare. There is a green ground wire on the ceiling fan mount plate. Now, coming out of the fan are 3 wires and the green ground. The wires are black, black/white and white. The instructions are woefully scant and do not account to the 6 wires from the ceiling. Please tell me how these should be connected inorder to preserve the dual switch option.


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