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Old 04-28-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Wiring a bathroom fan / light with 2 switches


Hello -

I'm attempting to install a new bathroom vent fan / light combo. I pulled out the old one from the ceiling and am ready to install the new one. I'm not sure how to wire up the new one.

The wire coming from the 2 Switches/Wall has the following 4 wires: Black, White, Red, Bare Copper Ground

The wires coming from the Light/Fan Unit are:
Light: Black, White, Red
Fan: Black, White
Fan/Light Housing: Green Ground Wire

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 04-28-2012, 06:13 PM   #2
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I tried wiring it so all the colors matched: All 3 black wires together, all 3 white wires together, both reds together and the ground wires together.

The result of that is that both the light and fan are controlled by a single switch. The other switch does nothing.


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Old 04-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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What is the model number of the fan in question?
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It is a Harbor Breeze Atticus Model 80206

Apparently Harbor Breeze is made by Hunter. This is the fan.

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Old 04-28-2012, 06:32 PM   #5
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Okay, this particular model has a night light option, put the black and red from the 'light' to the red from the switches, and the black from the fan to the black from the switches, all whites/neutrals together, all grounds together.



Reverse Black/Red from switch connections if you prefer switches to work opposite, ie light left fan right/ fan left light right


http://www.hunterfan.com/uploadedFil...oads/42944.PDF
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I'm going to return the fan. It's not made for suspended ceilings anyway and that's what I have. Thanks for responding though. I may have to ask again for the next fan I get if the manual doesn't have a diagram that matches my switch configuration.
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wait . . . maybe I'll keep it if I can get it to work Just have to come up with a hack to mount the thing in my ceiling.
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Hey nice job. That worked perfectly. Now I just have to figure out if I can actually mount the thing in my suspended ceiling.
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What i usually do is get a couple of extra tees, mount those across the top of the existing tees, and mount the housing to that
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OK at risk of sounding like an idiot . . . . what's a "Tee" in this context? Got a link that can illustrate this?

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For mine I used a dual switch and had the black as a common hot and red and white as independent neutrals for separate light and fan function. Both controlled from the switches on the right.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:10 AM   #12
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A Tee is the gridwork that holds the drop in tiles on a suspended ceiling.
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MY WIFE AND I JUST BOUGHT THIS PLACE AND IT HAS GIVING US SUCH A HEADACHE. OUR MASTER BATH HAS TWO SWITCHES 1 FOR LIGHT AND 1 FOR FAN. THE LIGHT WORKS WHEN IT WANTS TO SO I TOOK THE LIGHT SWITCH APART AND I WAS SURPRISED BOTH BY THE WAY THEY WIRED IT. iT LOOKS LIKE THE POWER CORD FROM THE CIRCUIT BOX WAS SPLICED AND THEY HAVE ALL THE WHITE WIRES TOGETHER AND I THINK THAT IS RIGHT FROM WHAT I HAVE READ BUT THERE WAS A BLACK WIRE RAN TO BOTH THE SWITCHES AND IF YOU DISCONECTED IT THE FAN WOULDNT WORK??? PLEASE HELP ME WE ARE LOST. THIS IS OUR FIRST PLACE AND WE HAVE NO IDEA. WE ARE IN THE PROGRESS OF DOING SOME REMODELING AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THAT BATHROOM A CLOSET SO WE COULD DO AWAY WITH THE FAN AND MAKE IT ONE SWITCH IF THAT IS EASIER.
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MY WIFE AND I JUST BOUGHT THIS PLACE AND IT HAS GIVING US SUCH A HEADACHE. OUR MASTER BATH HAS TWO SWITCHES 1 FOR LIGHT AND 1 FOR FAN. THE LIGHT WORKS WHEN IT WANTS TO SO I TOOK THE LIGHT SWITCH APART AND I WAS SURPRISED BOTH BY THE WAY THEY WIRED IT. iT LOOKS LIKE THE POWER CORD FROM THE CIRCUIT BOX WAS SPLICED AND THEY HAVE ALL THE WHITE WIRES TOGETHER AND I THINK THAT IS RIGHT FROM WHAT I HAVE READ BUT THERE WAS A BLACK WIRE RAN TO BOTH THE SWITCHES AND IF YOU DISCONECTED IT THE FAN WOULDNT WORK??? PLEASE HELP ME WE ARE LOST. THIS IS OUR FIRST PLACE AND WE HAVE NO IDEA. WE ARE IN THE PROGRESS OF DOING SOME REMODELING AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THAT BATHROOM A CLOSET SO WE COULD DO AWAY WITH THE FAN AND MAKE IT ONE SWITCH IF THAT IS EASIER.
I am trying to follow your post. I am assuming you are talking about a ensuite bathroom and not a main bathroom? And so I don't see what the question really is? Remove the vent and fan and the electrical for it? Leave just the electrical for the lights in the new closet!
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The black wire running to both switches is power from one switch to the other.
The wire coming into the box is the power then another black runs to the other switch to give that switch power.

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