Electrical Switches Question:
I have an outlet that is controlled by a wall switch.
I want to add a ceiling fan in between the switch and the outlet, keeping the outlet controlled by the switch and the ceiling fan always on to be controlled by its pull chains.
What connections do I use in the new junction box I am going to install to achieve this?
Before proceeding with this project the exact wiring must be identified noting the wire colors and the specific purpose of the wire. When electrical wiring is used for switching the white wire is often used as a switched leg of power, and may not be used as a neutral wire.
In order to supply power to the ceiling fan a power source containing the complete set of hot, neutral and ground wires must be identified from the proposed wiring circuit that you have in mind, and the location of the full source of power will need to be identified as well as this will determine if the existing wiring may be used as it is. Where ever the full power source is found then a new cable should be installed from that point up to the desired location for the ceiling fan and this will require that the ceiling fan will be operated by the pull chains only, as you wish to have.
Ceiling fan control options:
Patrick, keep in mind that you may purchase a remote control module kit which will enable independent control for both the fan motor speed and separate levels of control for the light kit if the lamps are allowed to be dimmed.
Installing Ceiling Fans
Ceiling Fan Remote Controls
Dave Rongey, Licensed Electrical Contractor, Assisting with Home Electrical Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs