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jodiehunter09 05-26-2011 07:35 PM

Installed ceiling fan, now kitchen lights won't work...
 
We installed a ceiling fan last weekend, which works great! However, the ceiling lights in the kitchen, which is adjacent to where the fan is now, won't turn on. They're recessed can lights.

The fan doesn't have lights, which is what we wanted. However, we planned on having our normal kitchen lights!

Any help is appreciated. If it's something simple, we would prefer to do it ourselves instead of calling an electrician--and paying an electrician.

Help!

Jim Port 05-26-2011 08:59 PM

How many and what color were the wires and cables in the fan box? Did you leave any unconnected?

jodiehunter09 05-26-2011 09:16 PM

Trial & error
 
There are 2 white wires & 1 orange wire. We tried all combinations of wiring & none brought the kitchen lights back on. :(
All wires are connected.

Jim Port 05-26-2011 09:18 PM

Can you describe the connections you made?

jodiehunter09 05-26-2011 09:35 PM

Colors
 
Okay, here goes.
Black & Blue fan wires to orange ceiling wire
Ground wire (green) from fan to 1 of 2 white wires from ceiling
White fan wire to other white ceiling wire

Jim Port 05-26-2011 09:40 PM

The green should not be connected to the white. I suspect that both whites go together.

sirsparksalot 05-27-2011 01:17 AM

yep, you lost your kitchen light neutral (a white wire) by not connecting it to the other whites. The ground wire goes to a green ground screw on the fan box, or to other bare or green wiwres in the box.

jodiehunter09 05-27-2011 08:16 AM

Yay!
 
Awesome! I have have the hubby fix it when we get home this evening! I will let you know if it doesn't work, but I'm hoping it fixes the problem!!

Thank you so much, Jim and Sirsparksalot!


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