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Old 08-28-2012, 03:14 PM   #1
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Ceiling fan wall control wiring

Hello...I recently installed a ceiling fan with a light kit. Everything went fine. Turn on the switch on the wall and the light and fan start up and you control the speed (and turn on/off the light) with the chains.

Then I had this great idea to get rid the chains and install the "two-slider" wall control. When I popped off the light switch I saw something unexpected, a red wire.

Wall switch:
red wire at the top
black pigtail wire at the bottom to a group of black wires with a nut
a group of white wires with a nut
bare ground wire on the switch

"two-slider" wall control:
one solid black
one black with white stripe (light)
one blue (fan)
one green (ground)

Do I nut the black/white and blue to the pigtail black?
Do I nut the red to the solid black?
I think I am pretty good on the ground

The red wire is throwing me off as I have not done this much.

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

PS...I do switch off the breaker before I do anything


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Old 08-28-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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Always turn the breaker off before doing any electrical work.

At the switch the red is controlled by the switch. The blacks spliced to together are constantly hot.

How many and what color are the wires at the ceiling fan? Leave out the green or bare from the descriptions.


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one white and one black from the box on the ceiling.

fan came with one black, one white and one blue.

I put the black and blue with the black from the ceiling and the white with the white.
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your load side (B,R,W,G) switchbox cable goes somewhere else before the fan,could be a receptacle, junction box, etc. you dont have enough wires to control the light and fan independently as is.
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You don't have enough circuit conductors present in your fan box to use a dual-slide control.

IF you want independent wall control, you might consider getting a remote control transmitter/receiver unit that only needs 2 wires, such as you have.

The transmitter mounts in place of the wall switch.

The receiver mounts inside of the fan canopy cover, and takes the signal from the wall control, and splits it into separate feeds for the fan and light.

Once you have the entire thing configured and wired properly, then you might want to cut those pull-chains short, reducing the possibility that someone might accidentally pull one of `em, rendering your remote wall controls useless ....

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Thanks all....the more I started thinking about it the remote was the way to "fix" my problem. We have one in the master bedroom and works well.


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