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Old 05-13-2008, 07:27 PM   #1
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Ceiling Fan with Double Switch


I just installed a ceiling fan and here is my dilemma....

From the ceiling box I had a Red, Black, and White wire.
At the top of the fan I had a Blue, Black, White.
I hooked Red/Blue, Black/Black, White/White.

There are two switches for the fan and light. One of them turns the light on and off. The other appears to do nothing. However, the fan does have power to it and works, just not by the wall switch.

Any ideas as to how I can get it set up so that the one wall switch operates only the lights (as it does now) and the other switch operates only the fan?

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In the instructions for the fan is there mention of setting the fan at it's high speed (with your pull-chain)? Then try using your wall mounted switch for different speeds and shut-off.


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Are those all the wires in the ceiling fan box?
Tell us the wiring at the switch box.
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There are two switches for the fan and light. One of them turns the light on and off. The other appears to do nothing. However, the fan does have power to it and works, just not by the wall switch.
Like rredogg said, you need to leave the fan turned on with the fan pullchain and then turn it off and on with the switch. If that doesn't work, check the switch box wiring and make sure the black is connected to that switch. The wiring in the fan is blue for the lights, black for the fan, and white to both.
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From the ceiling box I had a Red, Black, and White wire.
At the top of the fan I had a Blue, Black, White.
I hooked Red/Blue, Black/Black, White/White.

There are two switches for the fan and light. One of them turns the light on and off. The other appears to do nothing. However, the fan does have power to it and works, just not by the wall switch.
My guess would be that the black in the fan box is not a switchleg from the second switch. If you turn off the second switch and the fan still works with the pull chain then the switch is for something completely different (a switched outlet perhaps). The black in the fan box is probably a hot.

On the other hand, if you turn off that second switch and the fan does not work with the pullchain then read the previous posts.
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