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jelly 11-17-2007 09:58 PM

Ceiling Fan 14/3 or 14/2?
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Ive searched all around but I never found a definitive answer to my question.

I am installing a new ceiling fan. I will not be using the light fixture included, does this mean that I do not need the 14/3 wiring?

14/3 is only if I choose to hook up the light fixture on the fan?

One other question, is 14/2 feed good enough? When would I want to feed with 14/3?


RichyL 11-17-2007 10:05 PM

14-2 should be fine for what you are using it for just a fan.
As a general rule i usually always run 14-3 for fans just incase you wanna put a light kit on it laterand have a seperate switch for the fan and light. However you can still get a light kit on a fan using 14-2, but you will be using pull chains. Another option that is available for 14-2 wiring is a remote control device. you install a reciever inside the fan box which also will allow you to operate fan/light seperately from the remote:wink:

220/221 11-18-2007 12:43 AM

ALWAYS use 3 wire for a fan. Even though YOU dont want a light the next guy might. You (or the next guy) also may want to add some recessed cans at a later date and you will already have the switch leg in the ceiling.

It's not much more expensive.

jelly 11-18-2007 05:33 AM

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Thanks. Surrounding the fan is recessed lighting which will be controlled by two 3 way switches. (this is why I wont be using the light fixture) Good idea to run the 14/3 anyway.

This fan was hooked up when I bought the house, why would someone run 14/3 directly out of the panel box to the fan wall switch? Could it simply be that they ran out of 14/2 and just had extra 14/3?

Andy in ATL 11-18-2007 06:30 AM

Could be a multiwire branch circuit. Are all the wires hooked up in the switch box?

Or he could have been out of wire like you said. Been there done that.

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