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Ceiling fan pull chain switch replacement

Problem is that when i put 1 switch wire to the (hot) blk fan wire & the other switch wire to the neutral (wht), i think it shorted out the light kit - only 2 wires (blk & wht) coming down to light kit & therefore avail. for the switch - guess now i have to replace the light kit fitter?

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  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    it is a builder installed ceiling fan w/a 4-bulb light kit, of unknown mfg - the pull chain switch for the lights became inoperative & i attempted to install a replacement - only 1 blk & 1 wht wire feed into the light kit, w/the separate blk wires from ea lamp wired to the single blk avail, and the wht wires collected to the single wht wire - I don't recall how the pull chain switch for the lights was wired, but with 2 blk wires off the replacement switch I don't know how to complete the rewiring of the new switch as when I did it (by blk to the collected blk and the other to the wht collection) I think the light kit shorted out as the lights do not come on at all now

  • ndcsbc Jan 23, 2009

    that's the solution i was looking for! Thanks much!

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    Steve Duffer May 11, 2010

    I need to know a little more about the way the fan is wired. Ok, there should be a Blue wire for the light circuit. Black,White and Green for supply to the motor. The switch should/could have a Black on both terminals so as to interrupt the light circuit.  
    Could you tell me the maker of the fan?


    Thanks

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Just take either one of the black wires from the switch and connect it to the group of black wires. Then take the remaining black wire from the switch and connect it to the single black wire coming into the light kit. Finally check the bulbs to be sure they're not burned out. 
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OK, this is easy, it just seems hard. First off, take all the white wires from the light fixture's clusters, and hook them to the white feed wire. Now take the black side of the cluster of wires, and attach them to one side of the switch. It does not matter which side. The other side, goes to the feed wire that is black or what ever feeds the light. The switch only acts as a valve for one side of the loop. I could explain why some switches have a black and white, but I will leave that alone, so I do not confuse the issue.
Good luck!

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