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BGT 06-08-2011 05:35 PM

Wiring a ceiling fan
I have an installed ceiling fan, that had a bad remote in it. I removed the remote, the fan and lights now runs by turning on the wall switch, and pull chains. The problem is, I now have NO power to the guest bathroom light switches. What happened??? I found a unused red wire at the supply side in the ceiling, but it dose nothing for the bathroom switches when I touch the black or white wire to it. Iam lost..

AfterDinner 06-08-2011 05:48 PM

Where does the red wire go? Is it a part of the wire from the switch for the fan to the fan remote?


BGT 06-08-2011 06:21 PM

wireing a ceiling fan
I have no idea where the red wire goes.. Appears to be a dead wire, and it does nothing when I touched it to the black power in and the white common wires.

AfterDinner 06-08-2011 07:27 PM

Normally for a fan, they run the red, black, white, and plain copper wire from the switch to the fan junction box. The wire is called a 14-3, 12-3, etc, where the first number is the gauge (how thick the wire is) the second number is the number of wires not including the plain copper ground. For a simple light you have a 14-2, 12-2 wire as all you have are the black (hot), white and ground. For a 3-way switch (ie two switches that can control one light) 14-3 or 12-3 wire is also used.

For a fan the black would control the fan and the red would control the light or vice versa. This being the case, the red wire in your situation probably does nothing. This should be verified by how the switch is wired.

Flip the breaker, check the back of the switch. If you can, take a photo.

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