Ceiling Fan Installation Wiring

ceiling fan wiring

By following my ceiling fan installation wiring diagrams, you should not have any troubles accomplishing the task yourself.  Installing a ceiling fan is not as difficult as some may think. 

Ceiling fans are very popular at our house.  In fact, every bedroom has one.  Although we have central air conditioning, the ceiling fan helps to circulate the cool air.  It also lets my wife leave the air conditioner off longer to save on electricity as it cools the rooms off just by turning on the fan.

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Ceiling Fan Installation Wiring Diagrams

Option #1:

ceiling fan installation wiring


In the first example, the power is coming into the fan and flows straight to a single pole switch. The ground wire will always be attached at every electrical box.  The fan and light are controlled by one switch.  Use the chain pulls for fan speed or to reverse direction.


Option #2:


This one is opposite to option 1... Power will start at switch and flow to fan. The ground wire will always be attached at every electrical box. The fan and light are controlled by one switch.  Use the chain pulls for fan speed or to reverse direction.


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Option #3:

This scenario and the next are probably the most common options for a ceiling fan installation wiring. This one has the power starting at the fan and flowing to a switch and a dimmer switch.  The ground wire will always be attached at every electrical box.  The fan will be controlled by the dimmer switch for variable speeds and the light controlled by a switch. You could easily substitute the switch for another dimmer for the light.


Option #4:

ceiling fan wiring


Similar to option #3 but with the power coming into the switch area and then flowing up to the fan.  The ground wire will always be attached at every electrical box.  The fan will be controlled by the dimmer switch for variable speeds and the light controlled by a switch.


Option #5:

ceiling fan with remote installation


If your fan has a remote control option, this scenario will be the diagram you are looking for.  This option has the power coming into the switch and flowing to the fan.  The ground wire will always be attached at every electrical box.  You fan speed, direction and light will be controlled by remote.  Power to the fan will be controlled by the switch.


Hey, doing it yourself is great but if you are unsure of the advice given or the methods in which to job is done, don't do it. This site is merely a collection of how some people do home improvements. There is no way we can anticipate every situation and we do our best to inform of any risks for each job. Be sure to check local building codes for proper installation and permits. 

If in doubt, hire it out.


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