Just bought an old house; a ceilling fan/light is connected to a
single switch and that switch is controling the fan (not the light)
I would like that switch to controled the lights not the fan. Then I
could even replace the switch with a dimer.
Problem: I don't have the installation instructions of that fan/light
Any suggestions or website where I could find an answer?
pull the fan down so you can access the wiring. There should be three or
four wires going to the fan/light unit. The ones I've put up have usually
had a white common, a green or bare ground, and a black and a blue. I think
the blue was the hot to the fan while the black was the hot to the light.
Regardless you should see one wire that is not connected to anything. That
most likely is the wire you need to connect to a power source, while the
other is the one you'll be disconnecting. Leave the white and ground
connected as is and you should be in business.
I just happened to have to go to Home Depot today so I hit the fan dept.
They have a remote control for $30 that operates the light and fan
independently. I think it dims the light as well as having a timer for them.
Most ceiling fans are the same, with some variations in the way they are
mounted to the ceiling. As with all lights there is hot and neutral
wire. Consider putting in a remote control unit. It splices between the
power source and the wiring of the fan. It installs easily and then you
have the best of both worlds. You don't have to get out of bed to pull
the chain or use the light switch. They run about $ 35.00 at Home Depot
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.