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Old 01-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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I have vaulted ceilings where I want ti install a ceil fan w/rheostat, how do I tap from a nearby switch and have both light and fan rheostat in an adjacent switchbox and how to wire the fan/light box?

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I have vaulted ceilings...
You'll need wiremold or an electrician. Maybe both

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I have vaulted ceilings where I want ti install a ceil fan w/rheostat, how do I tap from a nearby switch and have both light and fan rheostat in an adjacent switchbox and how to wire the fan/light box?
What's the deal with the rheostat?
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What's the deal with the rheostat?
He probably means a dimmer switch, so that he can control the speed of the fan.

To the OP... there are now special switches designed specifically to control the fan speed, be sure to get one of those instead of a regular light bulb dimmer switch... and after everything is installed be sure the fan's pull chain is set to "high" speed.

Are you replacing an existing light with this fan, or adding the fan completely from scratch?

If you're replacing an existing light, which is already controlled by a switch, you may want to consider just buying a fan with wireless remote control, or a kit that lets you control the fan over RF... I bought a Hunter Bay one for my fan, it works fine and I didn't need to run new wires. YOU MAY NEED TO REPLACE YOUR CEILING BOX, most of the boxes mounted in the ceiling, particularly plastic ones, are not rated to be used with a ceiling fan... don't screw around here, the last thing you want is that fan tearing itself out of the ceiling.

If you are deadset on having hardwired controls be aware that you need to run a piece of 14/3 or 12/3 from your switch box to the fan box... the black controls the light and the red controls the fan, white common neutral to both. This would be what the "wiremold" is for, it's a surface mount channel that you can run wires in... it looks like garbage in a typical residential home, particularly if you plan to run it up the wall from a switch and over the ceiling to the fan.

I'll be honest, you may want to get a quote from an electrician for this. They'll stand on the tall ladder, they'll know what type of box you need to properly secure the fan, and they'll know exactly how to wire it... you just point where you want the fan, where you want the switch, then get out your checkbook.
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You might not be able to tap power from the switch box. If you only have two wires in the switch box you can't do it. Both will be attached to the switch and neither one of them will be a neutral even though one of them will be white.

You should start by opening the switch box and see what you have. Post back and we will tell you what you need. Does the fan have alight on it? Do you want to switch the light?
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At no point and in no way (so far)...
has the OP indicated there is an existing fixture box in their ceiling.

Switching is the least of their issues.

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