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Question by Andy
Submitted on 6/7/2004
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How do I wire a ceiling fan w/ light in the middle of 2 - 3 way switches.  Power is fed to one of the switches.

Answer by Lightning 49
Submitted on 10/27/2004
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The wires connected between the two 3-way switches are not to be connected to anything else!!  If you do, you fan will work sometimes with the lights on, and sometimes when the lights are off.  If you want the fan to run anytime the lights are on, find the wire returning to the lights (switchleg) from the 3-way switch that is NOT connected to the POWER SOURCE. This is the wire that feeds the lights.  If your lights are not so large they are overloading your circuit, run this wire, and the white neutral wire, to the fan.  Make sure you run and connect all ground wires (bare or green) also.  If you want to control the fan independently of the lights, you  install another switch next to the 3-way that is connected to the power source.  Connect the power source to this switch also, and connect another wire from the other switch to the fan.  White neutrals from the power source and to the lights will be connected to the neutral to the fan.


Answer by Gino
Submitted on 3/2/2005
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The only way to do this simply without a lot of rewiring is if the neutral wire is accessible from the old ceiling light box.  In this case connect the black or common wire from the ceiling box to both the black AND blue wire from the fan; connect the neutral to neutral and ground to ground; you will then have to differentiate the light from the fan by pull-chains


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