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Electrical outlet I have a box with two switches for two ceiling lights. One is never used and I want to replace it with an electrical outlet. How do I wire it. and the whites are joinded together and the blacks a running between the two switches. The green to ground.

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The blacks running together for the 2 switches should be powered all the time. Connect them to the brass colored screw of the outlet. The whites that are connected together also must go to the silver screw of the outlet. You'd probably want to make pigtails of both the black and white wires to make the connections cleaner.

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Motor Wiring
Old Motor
Brown wire is Start
Yellow wire is run or Power
Black wire is High Speed or Common
The other two taps are speed taps, but you have a single speed application
And high speed is what you need ,that’s why there’s not any wires
on Red and Blue if high speed was to much then you would move the
Black wire to one of the other taps RED low speed or Blue Medinm speed
New Motor
White goes to the Yellow wire from the capacitor
Black goes to the Black wire you took off of high speed on old motor
Of course both Brown wires go to the capacitor and Green to ground
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The connections you need to make are
Motor to Receiver Electrical Connections: Connect the WHITE wire from the fan to the WHITE wire marked "TO MOTOR N" from the Receiver. Connect the BLACK wire from the fan to the BLACK wire marked "TO MOTOR L" from the Receiver. Connect the BLUE wire from the fan to the BLUE wire marked "For Light" from the Receiver. NOTE: If your ceiling fan features an UP Light: Connect the ORANGE wire from the fan to the ORANGE wire marked "For Up Light" from the Receiver. Otherwise disregard this step and proceed to secure all wire connections with the plastic wire nuts provided.
Orange wire is for the up light, blue wire is for the main light. If you have no place for the orange wire you probably have the wrong remote unit for the light.

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