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Wiring a Ceiling Fan to a Single Wall Switch

   
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Electrical Connections for a Ceiling Fan and Switch


Electrical Connections for a Ceiling Fan and Switch

Ceiling Fan Question: I’m installing a ceiling fan with light. I have a single pole light switch along with a fan rheostat switch. At the connection box on the ceiling there are 4 wires; the ground, the black, white and red. On the fan light there are blue, black, and white plus green for ground.

I will wire ground to green, blue and black from the fan to the black incoming, and the fan white to incoming white. The problem: what do I do with the red wire?

This electrical question came from: Jerry, from Chico, California

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Jerry

Ceiling Fan and One Wall Switch

  • If there is only one wall switch and you will not be installing a second switch for the red wire then the red wire should be capped off with a wire nut for safe keeping.
  • A fan speed switch is typically connected to the black wire at the wall switch box and the black wire of the ceiling fan.
  • The red wire is typically connected to the wall switch that controls the light, which in turn is connected to the blue wire of the ceiling fan.

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