I have an older 1950 era home and want
to replace a light fixture attached to
the wall (with its own switch) with a
ceiling fan/light and install a wall
switch for the fan/light. There is no
wall switch intalled for this upstairs
bedroom now. Question is how to do the
wires for the switch?. The current light
has 2 wires going to it and they are both the
Note: The previous owner updated to a 200 amp
circuit breaker in the basement but the intallation
wasnt the best in the world.Part of the house has
newer grounded outlets and most of the upstairs and other
parts of the house have the older wiring. I had the
home inspected and the inspector said there is nothing
really functionally wrong with the way its wired its
just not everything was rewired.
It would be very hard to run a new cable to the breaker
box from upstairs hust for the fan and light switch.
Id like to use the wire already there.
<< The current light has 2 wires going to it and they are both the same color.
In any electrical project you need to find out which wire is hot, and which is
neutral. Turn off the breaker supplying the light (or whatever), remove the
fixture, wire nut one wire for safety, wire nut a long test lead to the other,
connect the test lead to one lead of a suitable meter or test lamp, and the
test lamp/meter lead to a known good ground. Plumbing is usually grounded well
enouigh, but care is indicated if you have any plastic in a plumbing system.
Water heaters are sometimes isolated, so use the cold water supply pipe as a
probable ground. If your tools don't include some hefty battery and alligator
clips, get some at Radio Shack.
If the lamp/meter gives a positive indication when the breaker is switched back
on, turn the breaker off and mark the other wire with white tape or paint to
indicate the neutral.
Your new switch will control input from the confirmed black (hot) wire back to
the fixture. Follow direction for the new fixture from here out.
And of course if you you feel uncomfortable doing this, call a journeyman for
You will be able to turn on the light OR the fan cause you need more wires
to do more.
I propose, buy one of the remote fan kits, hunter makes the ones I have. You
mount the fan, put the remote module in the fan cover on the ceiling and
leave the switch on all of the time. Use the remote for light, and speed
control. Cost less than $39 at HD. You can even get one that you can preset
to a temp that will come on by itself.
This beats the idea of trying to get another set of wires from the switch to
the light location for control.
Glad I could move the memory cells for ya.
That is what is so great about the forum and the help you can get from
You ought to see the push button dead lock I have on my front door. Never
need a key again. I have codes for the family and friends. Now they do not
have to stand out in the sun if I am gone.
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