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Old 05-30-2009, 04:56 PM   #1
 
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My bedroom doesn't have a ceiling light. I want to install a ceiling fan with light. I am a carpenter so I know a little about electricity but I don't know if I have to take the power from the outlet below. whats the easiest way of doing this. thank you for your help and I appreciate your input.
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:02 PM   #2
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From any existing plug, run a 12/2 to your switch box, then another out of the switch box to the Fan

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the easiest way is to call the electrician, or ask the pro's on here, of which I'm not one of them. You'll have to give more detail. If you have access to the ceiling from above it, its a lot easier. You could use the receptical below, you mentioned but if your rafters are going the other way, that would be more difficult. Someone will step in and give more meaningful advise.
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From any existing plug, run a 12/2 to your switch box, then another out of the switch box to the Fan
Very good. Thats pretty much all there is to it.

Oh, make sure you find the exact center of the ceiling to cut your hole. Use a 2x4 across the rafters to attach the box to. Use screws, not nails, and buy a box designed for ceiling fans. Run a 3 wire with ground cable so you can control the fan and light separately.
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From any existing plug, run a 12/2 to your switch box, then another out of the switch box to the Fan
1. He wants a fan/light.

A three wire cable is called for from the switch to the fan

2. In my experience, most bedrooms are wire with 15 amp circuits (#14).



A) Determine the size of your existing wiring and match it.

B) Run a 2 wire cable from a power source to the switch loication. (You MAY have power in your existing switch box).

C) Run a 3 wire cable from the sw to the fan jbox.
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My bedroom doesn't have a ceiling light. I want to install a ceiling fan with light. I am a carpenter so I know a little about electricity but I don't know if I have to take the power from the outlet below. whats the easiest way of doing this. thank you for your help and I appreciate your input.
I Don't see in his post where he wants the light on a different switch. Common sense 14-2 14-3 12-2 12-3
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I Don't see in his post where he wants the light on a different switch.




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Actually, he didn't say anything about a switch. I'd suggest you don't dig yourself in any deeper. I am bored today.
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Actually, he didn't say anything about a switch. I'd suggest you don't dig yourself in any deeper. I am bored today.
Common sense would Say to skip the switch and go straight to fan
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I always run either 12-3 or 14-3 to a ceiling fan
Even if it doesn't have a light
Wife wanted a ceiling fan only in the new sunroom I built
We bought the fan - no light
I still ran the 14-3 wire...just in case

My MIL can't reach the pulls on the ceiling fans
So haveing switches for shorter people is always best



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Common sense would Say to skip the switch and go straight to fan
While your statement has merit, the NEC requires a disconnect for certain appliances. Some say a switch is required, some say it's not, like in a case where you use a remote. Or, some may say the pull chains are the disconnect.
To air on the side of compliance, a switch would be required.
The question would be, is a ceiling fan an appliance requiring a disconnect?
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I've yet to see any house with a fan without a switch
I'm sure someone has done it
We have 7 fans in the house
3 of them have dual switches for fan/light



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I've yet to see any house with a fan without a switch
I'm sure someone has done it
We have 7 fans in the house
3 of them have dual switches for fan/light
I have wired a few with no switches, Customer didn't want to pay the extra amount for a switch
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