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Old 10-02-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Adding a light kit to a ceiling fan


I decided to add a light kit to an existing ceiling fan. There has never been a light kit on this fan. I ordered a kit that matched the fan (Craftmade). It was simple to install, but I can't get it to work. I've tested the bulbs in other lights, so I know the bulbs work. Neither the pull chain nor the wall switch makes the light come on. I've gotten a different light kit, so unless I have two bad kits, the problem lies somewhere else.

I suspect the problem may be in the wall switches. The fan is controlled by a Casablanca dial switch that sets the speed of the fan (although the pull chain still is present). To the right of that switch box is a standard on-off switch that has never done anything. When we removed the face plate, we found three wires entering the box, red, white, and black. The white and black wires are both attached to wires coming out of the Casablanca box (the fan control switch). The red wire is inserted into a hole in the back of the separate on-off switch. There is a ground wire in the back of the box. There are no other wires in the box at all. Can someone tell me what I'm missing here? Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-02-2011, 07:56 PM   #2
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There may be an unmade connection inside the fan canopy.

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The switch and the kits are probably bot compatible. Some light kits are not dimable. Install a regular switch and see if the light works. If that doesnt work we will move onto step two.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:08 PM   #4
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The switch works fine for the fan speed control. I assume the simple on-off switch is supposed to be for the light. The fan was installed when the house was built, and I assumed the other switch was in case someone wanted to install a light kit at some point. I'm just baffled at only having the single red wire attached to the switch. Is that correct?

Where would I look for this connection in the canopy?
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The switch works fine for the fan speed control. I assume the simple on-off switch is supposed to be for the light. The fan was installed when the house was built, and I assumed the other switch was in case someone wanted to install a light kit at some point. I'm just baffled at only having the single red wire attached to the switch. Is that correct?

Where would I look for this connection in the canopy?
You need to jump a black/hot from a junction in the box. If you dont have a black wire nutted connection in the box you need to make one then jump to old and new switch. New switch will have a red and a black wire nutted connected to it. The canopy can be dropped by undoing the screws at the very top of the fan next to the ceiling.
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If there is truly only a single wire to the one switch you either are missing the power into the switch or there is no output from the switch to get to the fan box.
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It sounds like you're both saying the same thing - the switch needs a black wire. There is no other black wire present, so I'll need to split the one that is in the box and send it to both switches. Why in the world was the other switch put there with only a red wire? Sometimes trying to figure out why something was done the way it was done is the most confusing part of all.

Thanks for the help.
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For the record, this is what I'm looking at.
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For the record, this is what I'm looking at.
Take a new black wire from yellow wire nut to new switch. Then paint that wall.
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Yeah, I like the wall color just fine, thanks.
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Yeah, I like the wall color just fine, thanks.
Me too, jus playin holmes.
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Take a new black wire from yellow wire nut to new switch.
I see two yellow wire nuts.

If that is a properly wired switch loop the white would be the hot to the switch. You would add a black pigtail to the white/black splice to power the other switch.

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