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Old 03-06-2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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Fanimation ceiling fan question: no blue wire from ceiling


Hi. I'm trying to install a Fanimation ceiling fan and I have no blue wire from the ceiling to connect the light in the fan. I only have black, white, and the ground wire. From the fan I have a black, white, blue, and ground wire.
From the switch box, I have one black, a black/white striped, blue, and ground.

How can I make this work? Can I wire the black and blue wire from the fan and connect them to the black in the ceiling? If so, what do I do with the blue wire coming from the switch? Can I connect it to the black wire from the switch and connect them together with the black wire coming into the switch from the wall??

The switch is split: Left side is light control and right side is fan control with varying speeds. The light control is a dimmer slide.

I really don't want to return this fan because it was very expensive and it's perfect for our house, but not sure it's going to work after all.

Thanks for any help.

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More than likely both blue and black wires from fan connect with black wire in ceiling box.
Check your wiring diagram.
is this a three way switch configuration in the room?

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Please clarify what wires are in the switch box, and what wires are coming from the actual switch.

It sounds like you need additional conductors installed between the switch box and the ceiling box. Or, you might use a remote unit that decodes the signals by use of a canopy mounted receiver.
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Doubt he needs a second switch leg. It'll be a little more tricky if he has three way switches in there though.
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I don't know if the switch is 3-way. It's only being used for a light switch currently for one room.

Here's more clarification about what wires are coming from where.


Ceiling: Black, white, ground

Switch box (wall): 2 Black, 2 white (currently capped together and not wired to light switch), ground

Ceiling fan: Black, white, blue, ground

Switch for ceiling fan/light: Black, black/white striped, blue, ground.

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Does the fan have a receiver?

If you give me the make and model #'s for both the fan and device (switch control) I can take a look tonight and get back to you.
I can't really give any more info until I look at the specs.
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If you only have black and white in the fan box you can't control the fan and light separately until you change the cable between the fan and the switch to add an additional wire for the light control.
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You do not have sufficient conductors present between the switch and the fan.

You will either have to:

1) Install a new wire between the switch box and the fan box ... or ...
2) Use a "remote" fan control switch and install a receiver in the fan canopy to decode the signals:
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You do not have sufficient conductors present between the switch and the fan.

You will either have to:

1) Install a new wire between the switch box and the fan box ... or ...
2) Use a "remote" fan control switch and install a receiver in the fan canopy to decode the signals:
I bet this fan comes with a receiver.

Nice cover plate screws btw.

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