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bennyhann 01-02-2012 02:48 PM

Adding Ceiling fan without wall switch
I have a two story house. In my office downstairs, there is no overhead light or wall switch. However, I want to add a ceiling fan/light to this room. This is what I'm thinking of doing, but I don't know if it is okay to do..........

In the room above the office, there is an outlet in a fairly convenient place in one of the walls. Can I run wire from this outlet to my ceiling fan in the office, then run another wire from the ceiling fan to the next outlet in the chain back upstairs. So basically inserting a ceiling fan/light in the middle of a chain of regular outlets. The ceiling fan/light would have constant on power, but I would use a remote control to power it on and off, eliminating the need for a wired wall switch.

Has anyone done this before? Would this work? Thanks.

gregzoll 01-02-2012 02:52 PM

No, I wouldn't. With all of that trouble, you are better to just come off of an existing lighting circuit, and put in a Switch leg. You have to cut in a fan box to hold the fan up, so while the ceiling is open, it will make it easy to pull the wiring.

bennyhann 01-02-2012 03:03 PM

I know it sounds kind of like a pain, but the way the room is laid out, there isn't a lighting circuit near where the ceiling fan is going. The closest electricity without having to drill through cross beams and such is from this outlet upstairs. It's almost directly above the fan location. So knowing this, is it safe to add a constant on fan/light in the middle of a outlet chain?

gregzoll 01-02-2012 03:09 PM

Again, I would not do that. Best way is to cut panels out of the ceiling, pull wire from an existing lighting circuit. Done that way all of the time.

TarheelTerp 01-02-2012 03:19 PM


Originally Posted by bennyhann (Post 810257)
So knowing this, is it safe to add a constant on fan/light in the middle of a outlet chain?

Worse things have been done with no serious damage to life or limb.

Before you cut open walls or ceilings (some is inevitable btw)...
invite your handiest neighbor over to verify your dire description.

Whichever way the joists run in that room...
look for another ceiling fixture in the next room over.


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