Currently undertaking a bedroom make-over and my wife wanted a ceiling
fan/light over the bed. I have bought a Westinghouse fan/light and also,
because of the difficulty of using the 'chain pull' switches on the fan
because it's over the bed, I also bought a Westinghouse wall switch to
control fan speed and the light. This wall unit has a rotary control for the
fan and a simple switch for the light.
The instructions with the wall unit show that there are three connections on
the back of the switch - mains in, and then a wire to the fan and a wire to
When I look at the connection block on the fan ceiling bracket ,it has a
simple choc-block with just live/neutral/earth. There are no separate
connections for the fan and the light. There are two wires coming out of the
unit-side of the choc-block, however, - one orange and one brown. I am
assuming that one of these wires goes to the fan and one to the light and
that I will have to separate them in order to wire the unit up for use with
the wall switch. I don't know which is which, however, and there is nothing
in either of the instruction leaflets that came with the fan and the wall
switch to indicate which is which.
I suppose the simplest option would be to separate the wires and make a
guess as to which goes to the fan and which to the light. I have a 50/50
chance of getting it right and if I'm wrong I can simply swap over the wires
in the back of the wall switch.
I'd rather get it right first time, however. Can anyone tell me which of
the two wires (orange or brown) goes to the fan and which to the light?