I'd like to install a used ceiling fan but am puzzled by an "extra"
wire in the wires for hook-up to the house line. I know what to do with
the white, black and ground wires, but what, if anything, should I do
with the black wire that has a thin white stripe? The circuit into
which I plan to put the fan already has a wall switch for the lamp
that's currently suspended from the ceiling (I'll replace the lamp with
the fan). One builder-friend suggested that I simply hook up the
standard white, black and ground connections and operate the lights and
fan speeds with the existing chains. The fan seems to be your typical
fan: 4 blaces, 4 lights in a circle, 1 light at the bottom. Any
The lights and fan are independently operable. So the black wire is
the fan hot, and the black with white stripe is the lighting hot. At
least, that is the way my Hunter fans are coded; it is possible that
some fans are the opposite.
I assume the wires have a switch? Otherwise your fan/light will be on
If there is a switch, you may want to replace it with a "fan dimmer" (not a
light dimmer) unless you want the fan to be full on/full off only.
If you connect both black wires together, the light will always be on when
the fan is.
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