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colin22776
Dual-Switches for Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture

I am trying to install a Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture Combo with a switch to control each seperately. I have both switches installed and the wires ran, but I have ran into a problem in connecting the fixture. The fixture has a seperate black and blue hot but only one white neutral. Is there anyway to safely wire this fixture to run off two seperate switches?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Dual-Switches for Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture

Yes, the white wire is connected to neutral, the black wire is connected to the switched hot from one switch and the blue wire is connected to the switched hot from the other switch.
Jack

colin22776
Re: Dual-Switches for Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture

There are two seperate circuits feeding the switches. I am assuming that this makes a difference since if I just used one neutral the circuit wouldnt be completed on the circuit that wasnt used.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Dual-Switches for Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture

First of all neutral does not feed to the switch only hot.
Second all neutrals are the same and joined at the panel.
It would be easier if you would say what cables you have at each location and I could provide a connection drawing for you.
Jack

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Dual-Switches for Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture

I forgot to mention that a white wire is not always a neutral, it is sometimes re-designated and used as a hot in a switch loop..
Jack

canuk
Re: Dual-Switches for Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture
deadshort wrote:

Why? in the name of the great Jeosaphat would you use two separate circuits to feed a combo fan/light?

I'm wondering that as well ???

Let the confusion begin,

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Dual-Switches for Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture

Just a guess, but I think he is calling 2 separate switch loops as two circuits.
Jack

electricianhelper
Re: Dual-Switches for Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture

I have made a drawing for you in Paint, this might help. With there being two power sources to the switches, one could be taken out to help out so you have only one and then just run 14/2 wire to the switches then 14/3 to the fan/light box. The drawing will show that. If you need help with the drawing, I'll help you.

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