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JLMCDANIEL
Re: wiring confusion - ceiling fan installation
wes wrote:

Answering some of the follow-up questions...

I am installing combination fan/light fixtures. The directions seem to indicate that the blue is for the fan and the black is for the light.

The switch on the wall is a single on/off switch. It has a white cable coming in, with black and white wires going to the switch and a bare ground wire.

The box with the three cables is closest to the wall switch.

I don't recall how the existing light on the 2 cable box was wired.

The 3 cable box had 1) the gray-cable/red-wire and the plain-white-cable/black wire connected to the light fixture/black-wires 2) the marked-white-cable/white-wire and the gray-cable/white-wire connected to the light fixture/white-wires 3) marked white-cable/black wire, gray-cable/black-wire and plain-white-cable/white-wire connected by a third wire nut and 4) all bare ground wires grounded.

From your discription this is what you started with

Jack

JLMCDANIEL
Re: wiring confusion - ceiling fan installation

Now assuming my drawing is correct, is the switch going to control the fans, the lights, or both?
Jack

wes
Re: wiring confusion - ceiling fan installation

Jack,

Thanks for the diagram. I'm assuming it's correct with respect to what you have included.

As for the light switch / fan controls... I'd like to have the option to have both the fan and/or light be on or off independent of one another. This would suggest that I would have a chain for both on each of the fixtures. I guess this would make the wall switch a master switch.

wes
Re: wiring confusion - ceiling fan installation
chromarado wrote:

When you are done you will be able to control both lights from the wall switch together and you will be able to control each fan indepently by using the pull chain on each motor wheter or not the lights are on or off.

This configuration would work for me as well. Since I don't have a record of how the original fixture was connected in the 2-cable box, do you know what I would need to connect there?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: wiring confusion - ceiling fan installation
wes wrote:

Jack,

Thanks for the diagram. I'm assuming it's correct with respect to what you have included.

As for the light switch / fan controls... I'd like to have the option to have both the fan and/or light be on or off independent of one another. This would suggest that I would have a chain for both on each of the fixtures. I guess this would make the wall switch a master switch.

OK, to make the switch a master switch, wire the black and blue wires from the fan to the old light black connection, and the white fan wire to the old light white connection. Although I would think it would be better to have one or both lights on the switch and the fan controlled by the chain.
Jack

wes
Re: wiring confusion - ceiling fan installation
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Although I would think it would be better to have one or both lights on the switch and the fan controlled by the chain.
Jack

Yes, that would be OK as well, as I indicated in my follow-up to chromorado. Are you in agrement with his guidance above? Also do either of you have any thoughts on the configuration of the 2-cable box?

Thanks.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: wiring confusion - ceiling fan installation

Here's a wiring diagram with the switch controlling both lights.( Assuming that the Black lead is for the fan and the Blue is for the lights)

If you only want the switch to control one light take the Blue wire for the other fan and move it to the connection with the fan Black lead
Hope it helps,
Jack

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