I bought on of B&Q's ceiling fans with three lights. I've wired it in
exactly as per the instructions, but am disappinted to find that I now
cannot switch the lights on and off using the wall switch; you have to
use the pull-chord on the fan/light itself. This means you have to
stumble across a darkened room, groping around for the pull-chord,
Is it easy to wire the fan/light in an alternative way so that the
lights come on via the wall switch? Thanks for any help.
It sounds as if you might of connected wrongly, or perhaps
misinterpreted the instructions....
In a modern ceiling rose there will be three separate connections, plus
a ground (marked green/yellow). The three connections will be live
(red), nuetral (black) and what is called a switch wire (should be red,
but might well be a black wire).
Assuming you have only one ceiling light in the room, the switch wire
can be identified by the fact that it will be one single wire by itself
in a connector. A single connector being a strip of brass with several
Further confirmation of the switch wire can be had by use of a neon
screw driver. The neon will light, only when the switch is turned on. I
think (not certain) that the switch wire connection will be the middle
section of the connections.
Your original flex down to the lamp holder will have been connected
between the switch wire connection and the nuetral connection. Your new
light/fan should be connected across the same two connections. Brown to
switch wire terminal, blue to to the nuetral terminal and green/yellow
I've modified a numberof these type of fans to get around this problem. In
the ceiling rose you will fins an unswitched live connection.
Coonect this to a new wire which you thne feed down the central tube and
connect to the live in side of the pull switch for the fan.
Connect the switched live from the rose to the pull switch for the lights
or direct to the light fittings if you dont need an on off function for the
lights at the fan end.
You will then be able to use the fan irrespective of the lighting and
operate the lights from the wall switch.
It sounds like you have connected the fan and light switch wires to the
permanent live (found in the middle set of terminals in a ceiling rose).
You need to connect these to the switched live. Ideally you need to change
the switch wire (the one form the existing ceiling rose to the switch) to a
3 core and earth, that way you get 2 switch wires to play with so you can
separate the fan and fan light cables and switch independently.
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That's exactly what I do. Mine sounds like an identical type of fan,
combine light/fan thing. I have one pull cord for the fan, one pull
cord for the lights. Unless I'm actually using the fan in the summer, I
leave it on at the fan for light only, and turn that on and off at the
light switch on the wall.
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