How to Wire a Ceiling Fan Power Source in a Switch Box

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Wiring a ceiling fan power source in an electrical switch is something that you can do with a very specific type of wire. Wire a ceiling fan power source in an electrical switch with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Good day, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and I'm going to talk to you about how to wire a ceiling fan power source to your electrical switch. When hooking up a ceiling fan a lot of times they like to run that on a 12 two wire rather than a 14 two wire. Because it requires a little bit more power and when you're doing that, it's going to be a little bit different hooking up to your switch. For this job, I'm going to be using a battery powered drill, a pair of pliers, a razor blade, some electrical tape and wire nuts. First thing we need to do is strip the wires coming in to our box. So for that I'm just going to use my razor blade, take about an inch of the coating off. Now you can use a pair of wire strippers or even your pliers as long as you have some wire cutters on there. So if you're using your wire cutters, go ahead and get about an inch on there, take and twist to cut through that insulation, then just pull it off. Next we're going to take our black wires and give them a little curl to it, almost like a U on the end of our wire that way we can wrap around our mounting screws on our switch. Now this is where it's a little bit different than if you're hooking up just a regular light. On the back of the switch they have a couple holes where you can actually push the wire in to and then tighten up your screws that way you don't have to wrap them around your screws. A 14 gauge wire fits perfect in these holes. But a 12 gauge wire you have to wrap around your screws. So go ahead and separate our two blacks. Make sure that the hot to your switch is on the top. And when you put it on there you want to make sure that the curve is going the same way that you're going to tighten your screw up. Now the bottom one is the wire that's going to be running up to the hot in your ceiling fan. We're going to put that on the bottom screw and tighten that up. Now since you don't have to connect your neutrals to this, we're going to take our two neutrals which are whites, grab a wire nut and wire nut them together. Now we're going to take our grounds and we're going to wrap them around each other. make sure that they're pointing the same direction when you get done, then you're going to take your ground wire nut which has a hole through the top of it for the ground to poke through. We'll go ahead and tighten those up. Now with the part that's sticking out of the end we're going to take and give it a little curve. That way we can go ahead and put it on our ground. After everything is hooked up we're going to take our electrical tape and wrap our entire switch with it. Reason we're doing this is as you push it back in to the box, a lot of times it'll sit against the box and will cause it to short out or arc out and this will keep that from happening. It will also keep any bugs and dust from arcing across there. Next we're going to wrap our wire nut on our neutral wires, that way the wire nut doesn't work its way loose. After all that's done, I'm going to take and push our wires back in to our box. And then go ahead and mount our switch in to place. For that we'll grab our drill. If you don't have access to a drill, you can use just a regular screwdriver as well. Go ahead and get them started. And then you don't want to tighten it all the way up that way you can level your switch. You can move it back and forth so it's sitting nice and level. Then you'll just tighten it up. Putting a switch in for a ceiling fan is a lot more convenient than just running the power source to the ceiling fan and pulling those chains. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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