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Old 07-05-2010, 11:34 AM   #1
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Hi, new here and have searched 'til my eyes are blurry.

I have 3 ceiling fans in my shop. The panel is on the wall at the opposite end from the switch I put in to turn on power to the fans. (fans spread out in between)

If I run power to the switch and then hook the fans up parallel, will I be able to control each fan individually by it's pull chain?

I thought of running them in series, but then the pull chain switches will mess with each other, I think.

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Hi, new here and have searched 'til my eyes are blurry.

I have 3 ceiling fans in my shop. The panel is on the wall at the opposite end from the switch I put in to turn on power to the fans. (fans spread out in between)

If I run power to the switch and then hook the fans up parallel, will I be able to control each fan individually by it's pull chain?

I thought of running them in series, but then the pull chain switches will mess with each other, I think.

Thanks, I think.
Are these AC 120v fans? If so, series / parallel wiring doesn't apply.

If you want them to operate with pull chains, then you just wire them up so they are hot all the time and the pull chain is what turns it on and off. If you want a switch to turn it on and off, then between the source of the power and the first fan, you put a switch, and switch the hot.

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If you want them on a switch as a safey then your on the right track just power to switch and loop the fans and your fine.
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You that offered help, Thanks. I plan to redo my wiring and go to the wall switch with hot and then parallel wire the three fans on from there.

I tried them in series before I got on here to ask and that definitely leaves them all effected by the switch (pull chain) settings of each other unit in the circuit. I have the wall switch at the end of the run. Not what I want.

If I understand what you have offered and what i have tried, this will work.

Thanks for the quick replies.

Quick description: Power box;-----fan----fan----fan----wall switch.

Power wire needs to run from power box to the wall switch and then run parallel to the fans. (I think)
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Quick description: Power box;-----fan----fan----fan----wall switch.
If you wire this way you will need to use a 3 wire cable, not a 2 wire cable.
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Thanks to you helpful folks. I did the three wire deal to the end fan and took the hot to the wall switch, back to hot for all fans and voila` it works.

I now have the fans running like they should. Each unit can be changed via it's pull chain and all can be shut off at once.

No breakers popped in the box when powered up, either.

I like it!

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