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Old 12-30-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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Ceiling fan with two pull chains (lamps and fan) , a wiring problem


I pulled the light chain out of its switch and needed to replace the switch. Having taken down the housing and replaced the switch for the lamps I forgot which wire goes with which wire.

The fan switch is in tact and works.

The lights are the problem. I have four lights with a three way switch. One tug turns on one pair of lights, the next tug turns on the other two, the third tug turns on all four lights and the final tug turns them off.

From the lights sitting on my worktable:
I have three wires coming from the switch: red, black and blue.
I have a pair of wires coming out of each lamp: black and white

From the ceiling fan:
I have two loose wires one white and one blue.
All other wires for the fan and perhaps the lights were left untouched and are still connected.

(Next time I will photograph the scene - I promise)

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-30-2008, 03:27 PM   #2
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Ceiling fan with two pull chains (lamps and fan) , a wiring problem


You need to test the switch and find the common wire.
Then
Connect the common wire to the fan blue.
Connect all the socket whites to the fan white.
Connect two of the socket blacks to one of the other wires on the switch.
Connect the other two socket black to the remaining wire on the switch.

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Ceiling fan with two pull chains (lamps and fan) , a wiring problem


Thanks for your reply,

I think I have most of that but I am confused by the first two lines:

Which is the common wire and how do I test for it?
(Btw, it is all controlled by the pull chains. A wall's switch is always on.)

The fan blue wire: is that the blue wire coming from the switch in the lamp's housing or coming from the ceiling /fan?

As you can tell, I am a newbie. I got this fan up and running over 15 years ago, and I haven't need to do more than change bulb's since.


You need to test the switch and find the common wire.
Then
Connect the common wire to the fan blue.
Connect all the socket whites to the fan white.
Connect two of the socket blacks to one of the other wires on the switch.
Connect the other two socket black to the remaining wire on the switch.[/quote]
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Ceiling fan with two pull chains (lamps and fan) , a wiring problem


The fan blue wire is the wire coming from the fan. It is the power feed the lights.

To find the common wire you need to look at the switch for markings or test it with a continuity tester.
it should test like this.
off - no connections between wires
1 light - connection from common to one wire
other light - connection from common to other wire.
all light - connection to all wires.
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