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Wiring a Ceiling Fan with Other Lights and Outlets


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Ceiling Fans are Typically Wired on a Shared Circuit with Other Lights and Outlets as Described Here where I describe the basic wiring connections.


Wiring Branch Circuits for Ceiling Fans

Electrical Question: How do I connect the ceiling fan wiring in my home?

  • How do I wire the switch box for:
    • One tube light fixture.
    • One ceiling fan.
    • One computer.

This electrical question came from: Muthu, from Chidambaram, Indiana.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Muthu.

Wiring a Ceiling Fan with a Shared Circuit

Application: Ceiling Fan Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the switched outlet wiring and the proposed location for the ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the switched outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring for a ceiling fan should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Switch Box Wiring for a Ceiling Fan and Outlets

  • Ceiling Fans are Typically Wired on a Shared Circuit with Other Lights and Outlets.
  • Due to the small amount of amperage a ceiling fan does not require a dedicated circuit.
  • A shared circuit is one that branches out and has more than one device which shares the same electrical circuit.
  • The basic connection is to splice the incoming circuit power source to the outgoing outlets and other devices that are shared on the same circuit.
  • The incoming power source is connected to the switch which controls the ceiling fan.
  • For a single circuit power source, typically the neutral wires and ground wires are also connected together using a wire connector sized for the number of wires that will be spliced together.

The Key to Electrical Circuit Fundamentals and Integrity

  • The key to successfully wiring all of the devices is to understand the circuit limitations and the basic fundamentals of circuit wring connections.
  • Understanding the circuit wiring will ensure that the circuit integrity has not been compromised by using the right components and making the right connections.
  • The following resources will assist you with wiring a ceiling fan.

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How to Install Ceiling Fans

Take the mystery out of ceiling fan wiring. Ceiling Fans are a great way to lower your energy bill and brighten up one of your favorite rooms.

How to Install Ceiling Fan Electrical Wiring

  1. Step-by-step pictures for ceiling fan installations.
  2. Easy wiring diagrams for ceiling fans.
  3. Ceiling Fan Light and fan switch variations.

How to Wire a Ceiling Fan

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  • One very important component is the box where the wire will be installed.
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6 Responses to “Wiring a Ceiling Fan with Other Lights and Outlets”
  1. David G. says:

    I would like to wire an existing 12-2 switch to power two ceiling fans with a light. The switch would only provide power to the ceiling fans. The chains on the fan would be the primary control method. The overall run desired would be switch, power, ceiling fan, ceiling fan. How do I wire?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi David,
      Wiring a Ceiling Fan and Switch
      Installing the wiring for a ceiling fan and switch as you have described is basically the same as the wiring for a light fixture. A power source will need to be located and brought to the switch location, and then install the wiring from the switch up to the ceiling fans. The size of the cable will depend on the circuit size of the power source.
      Ceiling Fan Wiring Diagrams
      Please refer to the section of this website which provides you with wiring diagrams and photos of how ceiling fan wiring and the mounting box are installed.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

  2. Mark Gargiulo says:

    I need to branch an additional outlet from a ceiling fan junction box over ceiling and down a wall to make an outlet for a TV. In the ceiling fan box I have a hot wire and two additional wires for the fan and the lights that are controlled from two separate toggle switches but from the same box. Going to the new outlet there is a white and black wire. I assume I hook the black wire to the hot but where do I connect the white wire? Do I just connect this to the ground? Thanks for your input.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Mark,
      If you would like the new outlet to be hot all the time and not controlled by a switch then the wires inside the ceiling fan box will need to identified to see if one is the source of power before the wiring leading to the switches. If the wiring is not positively identified then you risk having the new outlet controlled by one of the wall switches. Please take a look at the ceiling fan wiring diagrams which are provided with the resources in this article, I think you will find them to be very helpful.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

      P.S. I hope things are well with your practice, interesting to note that you have an overseas office or assistant. As you may know, connections to the business from this website are not a good idea anymore, for you or for me – so sorry – hope you understand.

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi P.L.,
    The existing outlet and lighting circuit wiring may be intercepted at one of the wall switch or outlet junction boxes. Install the wiring up to the desired location for the new ceiling fan. Be sure to install an approved ceiling fan box that is rated for the weight of the ceiling fan.
    Dave

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