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Old 09-18-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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I have a ceiling fan i'm trying to wire to get the light and fan to work separatly on diff switches. I've got a hot wire from the junction box in the attic to the ceiling box for the fan. All i have to work with is 12-2 wire. How many wires do i need to run to the switch box, then how should everything be wired to work separatly. I have black, white and ground wires.

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So if i understand correctly you have a box in the ceiling for the fan. To this box you have a hot and neutral ran from a junction box in the attic.

If you want to wire this up for the fan and light work separatly you will need to run a 3 wire between the fan box and your switch. On this 3 wire you would put the hot onto the white and then this would feed both of your switches. Coming back from your switches you would put the black and red and this would give you two hots that are switched in the fan box.

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Also, make sure you mark the white wire to the switch box on both ends with black tape signifying it as a "hot" conductor and not a neutral. Otherwise what Darren said would do the trick.
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You need 14/3 g to the switch box as all ready mentioned... here is a diagram....
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So if i understand correctly you have a box in the ceiling for the fan. To this box you have a hot and neutral ran from a junction box in the attic.

If you want to wire this up for the fan and light work separatly you will need to run a 3 wire between the fan box and your switch. On this 3 wire you would put the hot onto the white and then this would feed both of your switches. Coming back from your switches you would put the black and red and this would give you two hots that are switched in the fan box.

OP says all he has to work with is 12-2, So run 2 pieces of 12- 2 from the fan box to the switch box. Connect at the fan box the 2 whites to the hot supply (mark to show as hot as other posters have stated). Connect a black to the fan motor (usually black), connect the other black to the light kit (usually blue). At the switch box connect a switch across each white /black pair.
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OP says all he has to work with is 12-2, So run 2 pieces of 12- 2 from the fan box to the switch box. Connect at the fan box the 2 whites to the hot supply (mark to show as hot as other posters have stated). Connect a black to the fan motor (usually black), connect the other black to the light kit (usually blue). At the switch box connect a switch across each white /black pair.
12/3 would be better to work with. Just follow stubbies diagram.
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I agree with using 12/3. It'll keep your box fill volume lower also.

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