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Retirement 02-27-2009 10:58 AM

Running Cable for new Cieling Fan
It appears that before I can being doing my basement, I must finish some outstanding projects. My wife wishes to have me install new ceiling fans were none exist. I wish to check my procedure:

I can tap into an existing outlet just below were I wish to put the ceiling fan switch. I ran a check and still have able room for wattage for the light/fan. From tap in in the outlet I am running a 14/2 cable to the switch, form the switch up to thru ceiling to the ceiling fan I am gonna run 14/3 (switch will be a fan/light switch.)

Am I correct I can run 14/2 to the switch then 14/3 to the fan?


rgsgww 02-27-2009 11:02 AM

Yes, thats ok, it will work. Also, is the circuit 20 amp? If it is, you cannot use 14/2 and 14/3 and must use 12/2 and 12/3.

I would use a metal fan box and secure it with a fan rated bracket or put in a 2x4.

Retirement 02-27-2009 11:47 AM

15 amp. I double check that to be sure. If I am correct I can have 1,440 watts for the 15 amp circuit (maximum). There are 2 small bedrooms, a closet and the hallway on the circuit I wish to tap. If I did every thing correctly I believe I under 1,200 on that circuit at any given time (including running a vacuum).

Thank you for the advice. Always makes me feel better when working with electricity.

Stubbie 02-27-2009 12:15 PM

15 amp branch circuits that serve multiple receptacles and lights can provide 1800 watts not 1440. 1440 is 80% is only calculated at that figure in residential if the load is a continuous load like a storage hot water heater or fixed in place heating.

For general purpose branch circuits serving lights and receptacles it is recommended that no load over 80% (1440 watts or 12 amps for a 15 amp branch circuit) of the branch circuit is plugged into any one outlet at a given time. But you can use the 1800 watts for your load calculations due to diversity of not all loads being on at the same time.

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