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Wiring a Ceiling Fan with Other Lights and Outlets

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Ceiling Fans are Typically Wired on a Shared Circuit with Other Lights and Outlets as Described Here

Wiring Branch Circuits for Ceiling Fans

Electrical Question: How do I connect a ceiling fan in the home and how do I  arranged the switch box  for a one tube light fixture, one ceiling fan and one computer.

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

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

Ceiling Fans and Shared Circuits

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.

  • 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 Key to Electrical Circuit Fundamentals and Integrity

  • The key to successfully wiring all of the devices is to understand the circuit limitations and fundamentals of circuit wring connections which will ensure that the circuit integrity has not been compromised by using the right components and making the right connections.
  • Electrical circuit wiring is best performed by a licensed electrical contractor in your area.


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2 Responses to “Wiring a Ceiling Fan with Other Lights and Outlets”
  1. 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.


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  1. How do you wire a ceiling fan with other lights and outlets?
    This article provides a comprehensive look at how to perform this, and and many other kinds of wiring at home, and I appreciate your instructions.

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