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I have a Hampton Bay 54 inch Windward III fan (at least that's what hampton bay's website shows). It has two wires coming from the fan - black and white. I have however 5 wires from the ceiling box - green, black, what looks like a copper wire surrounded by a whitish color coat, red and a bare copper. The black and red wires are constantly hot and I know green and copper are the ground. Because I do not know much about this sort of thing and I have no manual. How do I install the ceiling fan so that the light works? Also, we have a light switch that has three switches. The switch furthest to the left does not seem to connect to anything in the house inside or out. How could I find out if this switch is connected to the fan? - (P.S. I have tried turning the switch on and off and checking if the wires are still hot - it changes nothing.)

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This is a year late but here are some thoughts. The bare copper, white, black, and red wires sound like they're all coming from the switch box in a single run. This is called 3-wire (14/3 or 12/3). The black and red are both switch legs. This is how you rough-in a ceiling fan box so that the fan motor and the light kit can be switched separately. They share the white neutral. Typically a ceiling fan that can be switched separately will have a ground, a white neutral, a black wire, and a blue wire for this type of connection. Connect white-white, black-black, red-blue, and ground-ground-ground-ground etc. The green insulated wire you mentioned sounds like a grounding wire for the ceiling box itself. Some metal boxes have this feature. I would say that the fan/light separation explains your mystery switch. If not, my next guess is that the mystery switch controls a receptacle. If you think you checked all your receptacles, be sure to check both plugs for each duplex receptacle in the room. Receptacles can be wired as "split" so that one plug is always hot while the other one is switched. This is great for rooms without a ceiling light. If you still can't find it, take a look around the room at the receptacles. Does it feel like one is missing? Sometimes drywall guys leave them covered. If the missing one is the last in line then the rest of the circuit would work and a testing/troubleshooting electrician might miss it too.  I'm shopping for a Windward fan, which is how I found your question, and my research says that since the included remote controls all the fan functions, they don't ship them as set up for separate switching.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009


Green and copper are the ground wires and I believe you can connect both these to the green wire from the fan (I only have the copper wire in the actual ceiling box). Black and Red can be treated as both black and both can be connected to the black wire from the fan (this is what I did in all my fans and it worked). White is the neutral wire and can be connected to the white wire from the fan (this is what I did in all my fans and it worked).

My ceiling box has the copper, red, black, and white wires. The ceiling plate for the fan I bought had a green wire. I connected the green wire from the ceiling plate and the copper wire from the ceiling box to the green wire from the fan.

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