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Old 02-16-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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I have a ceiling fan that is controlled by a light switch. I tried to add a socket in between the switch and the fan to have both controlled by the switch, but now only the socket works when I flip the switch and and the fan no longer comes on.

It has 4 wires, 2white, 1red 1 black. I connected all 4 to the socket, but it seems to have terminated the power and no longer allows it to flow to the fan. Is there a way to keep both the socket and fan on the same 4 wires and manage them both from the light switch?

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One of the black or red wires is controlled by the switch. The other is always hot. Only connect one of them to the receptacle.

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Thanks for the quick response. Sorry, I am a noob. I have a back/white (hot) coming from the lead and red/white going into the line. I left the black/red in the socket and pigtailed the white; the fan came on with the switch, but the socket doesnt have any juice.

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Whatever wires were connected to the fan should be the same wires connected to the new socket. Your color combinations don't make sense. Where is this new socket in relation to the switch, and in relation to the fan?
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the socket it in between the fan and the switch. I have red/white coming from the fan, and black/tan coming from the switch. Thought the tan was white in my earlier post, but looked closer and it is an off white.

When I connect all 4 wires to the socket, the socket works, just cant get the fan to come on.

Hope this helps explain where Im at.

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I tried to add a socket in between the switch and the fan to have both controlled by the switch, but now only the socket works when I flip the switch and and the fan no longer comes on.

Sockets are not made to be used with electricity
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Whay are there so many color combinations between the fan and the switch? I still don't get it, did you cut and interrupt the cable that goes from the fan to the switch? They should be black and white, or black white and red.
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It has 4 wires, 2white, 1red 1 black. I connected all 4 to the socket, but it seems to have terminated the power and no longer allows it to flow to the fan. Is there a way to keep both the socket and fan on the same 4 wires and manage them both from the light switch?
To many uses of the word "it" to understand what the it is that you are referring to. Draw a diagram.


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I have a ceiling fan that is controlled by a light switch. I tried to add a socket in between the switch and the fan to have both controlled by the switch, but now only the socket works when I flip the switch and and the fan no longer comes on.

Had this diagram saved....In it the switch operates both the ceiling fan and the receptacles.

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