Hi, please help...i have a dimmer switch for my old cheesy light in room. I just installed the Antigua Ceiling Fan...The fan is working perfectly however the lights are not switching on.
I have wired black to black and white to white (as normal) but i am think is there something with that Blue wire??? Currently i tried hooking up that blue wire with the white, but still my lights are not switching on. everything else seems fine, harness to light is also attached fine...
HELP, i'm embarassed because its a birthday gift that is not working!!!! Thanks!
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Pretty easy if you can get the wires from the existing wall outlet. Just run a wire from existing outlet to the where you want the new light. Install inside an approved ceiling electrical outlet box and then run another wire to where you want the switch or switches. If you go to home depot or the library you can look at the books with diagrams on how to wire it. You can skip the wall switch if you use a light with a pull chain.
You have 3 options. You can connect the fan blue and the fan black to the red ceiling wire. Then you will need to control the fan and light with the strings. The wall switch will turn off everything. Option 2 is make sure that there is a switch wired to the black ceiling wire. If there is a switch I would check to make sure the switch is working. Option 3 is to purchase a remote control unit for both and leave the wall switch to shutoff the whole unit. Hope this helps.
Question needs more details. Let me answer as if you have one light and one switch, and one cable coming into switch box from ceiling.
Usually a switch-dimmer combo operates 2 different Loads (lights). One light is controlled by switch, other by dimmer.
If power source is in ceiling, then one cable enters switch box. Cable has black, white and ground wires Old switch had 2 brass screws where black and white wires connect Black wire brings Hot down from ceiling, and white wire connects back to Load (fan). Neutral wires are in ceiling box, and not inside switch box, and are discussed.
With new dimmer: Black Hot wire from ceiling connects to dimmer black wire. White Load wire connects to one of the red wires. The other red wire goes to another Load, which is unknown at this point.
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You're correct. The dimmer switch was not made for that fan.
The Green is ground > so you're right there too. I assume other plugs nearby are working when dimmer is on. Check that to make sure.
By your description, I assume there is NOT another switch or dimmer that connects to same light. If so, you need a 3-way switch and the following instructions are void.
I suspect when you wired the new fan, that you saw the red and small black wires in the ceiling box. Did you connect the fan and light to those wires? If so, the following information will help you wire the switch.
Your incoming Hot line is probably the larger black wire that connects to Dimmer black >>> this wire will connect to either screw on the new switch
To test Hot wire for sure: Take out dimmer and mark wires for identification. Separate wires. Turn on power and test each wire to bare ground. Tape tester leads to wood sticks so hands are away from power. You'll be fine. Tester lights up on Hot wire.
Next: The smaller black and a red wires are a toss up.
Here's how I would proceed. Connect the black Hot to either screw on switch. Connect red wire to other screw. Put wire nut over small black. Turn on power. Flip switch. Check both lights and fan to see which works with red wire.
Next reverse the toss up wires. Put wire nut over red. Connect small black to switch. Check both lights and fan.
If red and small black control the light & fan, then connect them together on the same screw, and you're done.
If you want to control the fan and light separately, buy double switch, and then Hot connects to dark-colored screw on one side of switch, and red and small black connect to two different screws on opposite side of switch.
The key seems to be that you changed wiring in the ceiling box.
I suggest you make a drawing of the wires before and after. Track the route that the Hot wire takes.
The key question is this: Does Hot wire from breaker box arrive in the ceiling box first? Or does it arrive in wall box first?
I think Hot from breaker arrives in wall box first. And from there Hot wire goes to ceiling box ... and from ceiling box the hot wire goes to other plugs in room. If this is true, you will be one wire short for installing fan control switch.
I always make a drawing of existing wires before starting, so I can put it back the way it was. It sounds like you got a good handle on which wire goes where.
We used to solve the one-wire-short problem by making a simple project bigger. Figure out which direction ceiling joist run. See if you can slide fish line from fan ceiling box over to wall. If that works. Over at the wall, chop small hole in ceiling so you can feed wire up to fish line. Pull wire over to ceiling box. Next, staple other end of wire along ceiling over to location above wall box. Chop another small hole so you can feed wire down to wall box. And then install beautiful crown molding to hide the mess, and paint the room so you need new furniture.
I recently purchased a Leviton Dimmer switch which has a brown lead. This switch is to replace 1 of 2, 3 way switches that control the ceiling light in my kitchen. My problem is the new dimmer switch has 4 leads including a brown one which has me confused. I have installed and replaced numerous dimmer switches without difficulty. Please help.