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Old 07-08-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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Wiring ceiling fan from end of run switch


I am installing a ceiling fan in my daughter's bedroom (fan only, no light). There is currently a switch that powers an outlet in the room, and the switch appears to be end of run (one 2 wire cable plus ground into switch box). I want to use this wire to power the fan independent of the switched outlet.

I've expanded the box to 2-gang and added the second switch. I can run a new wire from switch box to ceiling fan location. I can also pull back the current wire to stop at the ceiling fan before coming into the box if needed. Either way I can't get the ceiling fan switch to be independent of the switched outlet.

Any help would be appreciated.

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The existing wire can NOT be used to power another load. You will have to feed the fan independently of the existing devices.

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Thanks for the quick reply.

"The existing wire can NOT be used to power another load."

Is this because of the potential load on the circuit for the room (15A circuit, 4 outlets in room, no other devices), or because of the position of the wire in the run? Just trying to understand.

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Neither. It's because you do not have a neutral conductor present in a 2-wire switch loop.
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Got it now. Thanks.

On to plan B (whatever that is...).
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You can most likely change that two wire from a switch loop to a feed, but you would have to install a light kit on the fan to meet code.

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