Installing Ceiling Fan, Weird Double Switch Install


I am wondering if I can power a ceiling fan/light by connecting it's wiring to a pigtail and plugging it into a standard 110 outlet. It will be controlled with the remote module. It will not have a wall switch at all.

Any issues with this?

Edit: The fan in question would be installed in a sunroom that I had added on to the house. Two walls are solid brick, as they were the exterior walls of the house before the room was added. And the other two walls are completely glass, as it has three large sliding glass doors to open out onto the deck.

So, due to the fact that the room is half brick and half glass, any new wiring would have to be run through conduit on top of the brick, unless I want to spend an enormous amount of time and effort trying to route it behind the brick. Given that these were exterior walls, this would not be an easy task.

Since there is already an outlet right next to the ceiling to power my outdoor sound system, I decided it would just...

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You have 3-way switches. They have 3 separate binding screws and/or push in holes. One is a unique color or otherwise identified as common. The wires will either be travelers going to other switches, a wire supplying power from the distribution, box, or a wire to the light.

The common screw will always connect to either power or light wires. Travelers always connect to the other screws. It never matters which traveler connects to which un-common screw.

It's probably safe to assume the wires from downstairs is for the downstairs light switch and the ones from upstairs for the upstairs switch. You can almost hook things up in any configuration and nothing bad will happen. Things may not work, but there will not be any shorts, fires, smoke, etc.

There are a couple exceptions you must alway avoid. Never connect neutral (blue) to any switch. Pretty easy. Never connect wires from separate circuits to the same lighting switch. Obvious in theory, but it's not always...

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Connecting the Ceiling Fan Wiring Blue Wire

What to do with the Blue Wire of the Ceiling Fan I have a ceiling fan with 4wires a green blue white black. I only need the black white and green so can I just put a wire nut on the blue wire? Or is it a functional wire?

Dave's Reply: The blue wire is for the light fixture of a standard ceiling fan. If your ceiling fan does not have a light kit installed or you do not plan to add a light kit, then yes, you could just cap off the end of the blue wire with a small blue or orange wire nut.

Wiring a Ceiling Fan Remote Control

Hooking Up a Ceiling Fan Remote Control I am hooking up a ceiling fan with a remote control and I have a white, black and red wire coming from the ceiling. I only need to use the black and the white. What should i do with the red wire? Thanks, Steve.

Dave's Reply: Steve, in this case just cap off the red wire with a wire nut and connect to the black and white wire for your power...

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Three Parts:Removing Old SwitchesInstalling a Double SwitchTroubleshootingCommunity Q&A

A double-switch allows you to operate two lights or appliances from the same location. Double switches, sometimes called "double pole," allow you to separately control the power being sent to multiple places from the same switch. For example, you might want to turn on a bathroom light separately from the ceiling fan. Though it is not difficult to wire a double switch, careful attention to safety is crucial to prevent injury.

Note: This article only describes installing the switch itself, not rewiring two conjoined feeds that need to be separated. If you are trying to separate two lights that use the same wiring, as opposed to two already separate sources, you will likely need a trained...

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installing a ceiling fan

Is it difficult to install a ceiling fan? I have an older ceiling fixture in a bedroom that has a wall switch that controls the light. I wanted to remove the fixture and install a ceiling fan. Is this something that someone that isn't an electrician can install? I'm most concerned about electrocuting myself or burning my house down. Does it come with instructions that a lay person can read and understand?

It's fairly easy to install, the main thing is to turn off the power befor you start. Also check that the box is securly nailed or screwed to a joist, or you'll need to install a new support.

This covers the basics of installations, though if you have a metal box that is securely mounted you won't need to do all that they cover:
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The difficulty really depends on whether the ceiling box is rated for the weight of the fan. Do you have access to the box through an attic?...

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How to Safely Install a Ceiling Fan. Obtain a FAN RATED BOX from home supply or electrical supply store. It will likely be best to buy the old work (not new construction) style if you do not have access to the ceiling from above. There are two types of old work boxes; one fan rated box is designed to straddle an existing joist; this style can be easier to install, but requires that you find the joist rather than avoid it. The other type has an adjustable bar that expands to span between two joists, it can be a little more involved to install but allows more mounting location choices. Either type works equally well.

Wire a Ceiling Fan. at the location you are planning on installing a ceiling fan. on/off the light and one 2-way switch that turns on/off the fan.

After determining where you want to install the fan, assess your ability to get power to it. See the tips section below for some ideas for a power source. Adjust this location as needed. Next, cut a hole by...

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A single switch often provides only electricity to your ceiling fan, requiring you to utilize chains to turn the lights off and on, and choose a fan speed. You can install a ceiling fan light dual dimmer switch to operate the fan speed and light intensity from the original wall switch location. The new switch does require an additional electrical wire to separate the light from the fan in order to operate correctly.

Turn on your ceiling fan at the light switch. Ensure the blades are turning and the lights are burning.

Find the 15- or 20-amp breaker inside your breaker box that powers the ceiling fan. Turn the breaker off to disconnect the electricity. The ceiling fan lights will be off and the fan blades will stop turning when you turn off the correct breaker.

Hold a noncontact voltage tester against the ceiling fan wall-switch cover plate. The indicator bulb on the tester will not light when electrical power is not present at the switch.

Remove the...

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To reduce risk of fire, electrical shock, or personal injury, make sure that the wire connectors provided with your fan match the specified gauge house wires.

If the house wires are different colors than referred to, stop immediately and call a professional electrician to determine the wiring.

Be sure that the wiring box is properly grounded or that a ground wire (green or be) is present.

Fan and light controlled by a chain:

1.a. Connect the black and blue wire from the fan to the black wire from ceiling with the wire connector provided. Connect the white wire from the fan to the white wire from the ceiling with the wire connector provided. Connect all ground (green) wires together from the fan to the bare/green wire from the ceiling with the wire connector provided.

Fan controlled by chain, light by wall switch.

1b. If you intend to control the fan light with a separate wall switch, wire as indicated in the instructions for 1.a. except...

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Wiring a Bath Fan Combo

Electrical Question: How do I wire the switches for my bath fan and light?

I have a junction box in an old house that was used to power a bathroom light.

I have a junction box in an old house that was used to power a bathroom light. I would like to swap the light for a light/fan combo. The junction box of the original light has two Romex cables coming into each side. The wiring is very weird. Three of the Romex black wires are connected in a wire nut, the forth goes to the light. The four whites are wired together and go to the light. The grounds are also wired together. I copied this to the rest of the circuit and it works fine, but the fan and light doesn’t work.

This electrical question came from: John, a Homeowner from Denver, CO.

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

How to Wire a Bath Fan Combo with a Light

Application: Wiring a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Skill Level: Beginner to...

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Hi everyone,

This is a quick instruction guide on creating a fiber-optic starfield ceiling. The stars have a very natural twinkle & glow. My fiber optic illuminator also features a handy remote for turning the stars on&off, as well as controlling the twinkle speed.

This is my very first instructable, so I hope everything comes out well. I'll try to answer any questions that readers may have. The finished product is very pretty and everyone who has seen it in person has thoroughly enjoyed it.

My wife and I are expecting our very first baby in about 4 weeks. I can't remember in which baby/new-parent/scared-daddy magazine I read this, but - newborn babies can't see very well. Apparently, anything past about 2 feet is incredibly blurry. Contrasting colors and blinking lights are supposed to stimulate their senses and assist in early development. Don't quote me on all of that because I might have just dreamed this all up one night. Anyway, that's what I've told...

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If you're not trying to be 'defiant' of our reasoning, you're certainly trying to convert us to your way of thinking, and I don't think it's going to happen.

Clearly you are not open to this idea, but others may at least consider it. So far the inspectors have not said anything. I consulted with two of them, the city engineer, my contractor, and fan suppliers before doing it.

Firstly, I'm not going to contradict a building code, especially when there's no discernible logic (ok you disagree but fail to impart what actual advantage your system offers) or advantage to it.

I'm not going to run to the library immediately to check the code, but I do get there reasonably often and will check. Again, the inspectors who are familiar with the code are okay with my installation. It could be that a fan is not required simply because I have ventilation into the room via the AC ducting and/or a window, so whether I have a fan in the room is my call.

You mentioned your...

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