How to Wire Electric Fans to a Switch

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Wiring electric fans to a switch is something you can do on your own with the right type of screwdriver and a few other basic tools. Wire electric fans to a switch with help from a Foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and today I'm gonna talk to you about how to wire up a ceiling fan to your switch. For this job you're gonna need a couple different tools. For this job you're gonna need an electrical switch, wire nuts, electrical tape, and wire strippers. You are also gonna need a Phillips head screwdriver. First thing you're gonna do is take and strip your wires about a 1/2 inch down. Now you're gonna take the wires coming out of the motor and wire nut them according to color coordination. Now the black goes to the black and this blue one is actually for the light and if you're running on a 2 strand wire you're gonna hook the black and the blue together. If you're running on a 3 strand wire you're gonna hook the black and black together and then put the blue to the red and then you'll go ahead and wire nut those together and then your copper color is your ground and that is most commonly recognized as the green wire. So you'll wire nut those together and then take your electrical tape and put about a 3 inch piece on there to keep the wire nuts from working their way loose. Now we're gonna move over to the switch side. Now for your box. You're gonna take and strip your black wires about 1 inch down and your white ones about a 1/2 inch down. Now you're gonna take your black wires, put it through the hole in your strippers, give it a nice curl. You'll do the same thing to your ground wire which is the copper wire. Take your switch, put your black wire which is your hot on the screw and tighten it down. You want to make sure the curve is going over the same way that you're tightening your screw that way when you tighten it down it sucks that wire in than push it out. Now take your other black, hook it to the other screw, and tighten it down. Now if you see right here we have 2 black wires on the same side running in. That's the only wire that you'll hook up except for your ground which is on the opposite side which is coded by a green screw. So you'll take your 2 grounds and put them over the screw and tighten that down. Now with your white wires what you're gonna do with those is take a wire nut and put it on there then tape your wire nut and a lot of times I'll go ahead and take the tape and put it over the entire switch that way as you're pushing it into the box it's not gonna come in contact with the box or anything else which might arch and cause you to blow a switch. You'll take and push it back into your box and tighten your screws up. There you go your power's coming in through the wire, into your switch, and out to your fan. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, thanks for watching and good luck with this project.


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