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Ceiling Fan Switch Wiring

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Ceiling Fan and Light Kit Control Options

There are several ways to control ceiling fans and light kits.

One Wire vs Two Wire Switch Wall Control

A one wire configuration uses one switch and one hot wire to control power to a fan (and lights).

A two wire configuration uses two switches and two hot wires each to control power to a fan and lights.

Ceiling Fan Switch Wiring

Ceiling Fan One Wire Switch DiagramCeiling Fan Two Wire Switch Diagram
Ceiling Fan and Lights Outlet BoxPointer left up

Ceiling Fan Switch Wiring Diagram

Ceiling Fan Switch Wiring Diagram

Line voltage enters the switch outlet box and the hot wire connects to each switch. Switched hots and line neutral connect to a 3-wire cable that travels to the light/fan outlet box in the ceiling.

The fan control switch usually connects to the black wire and the light kit switch to the red wire of the 3-way cable.

In this diagram, the black wire of the ceiling fan is for the fan, and the blue wire is for the light kit.

Ground connection diagram is shown separately.

3-wire cable travels from the switch box and connects to the fan, lights, neutral, and ground wires.

Ground

Fan

Light

Kit

Neutral

Remote control receiver location

Ceiling Fan and Lights Outlet Box