Wiring a Ceiling Fan With Two Switches

A man wiring a ceiling fan.
What You'll Need
Ceiling fan
Voltage tester
Wire caps
Electrical tape
Grounding strap

One job that you can do at home without hiring an electrician is wiring a ceiling fan. This is a job for any home handyman. Wiring a ceiling fan with two switches is not any harder than wiring one with three switches or just one switch. The purpose of having the two switches is that one controls the lights on the ceiling fan, while the other controls the speed. The information below will show you how easy wiring a ceiling fan is so that you will be prepared and confident enough to do it yourself.

Assemble the Ceiling Fan

Prior to removing the cap or the old ceiling fan, you need to assemble the new one. Follow the instructions completely, but leave off one of the blades if the ceiling fan has four or more. Leaving off a blade will give you the space needed in order to make wiring a ceiling fan easier.

Cut the Power

Wiring a ceiling fan is not hard, but it is dangerous. If you are not careful, you can electrocute yourself. To prevent this from happening, go to the main junction box of the home and turn off the power to that area. If there is a chance that it can be turned back on, then leave a note taped to the box.

Remove the Old Ceiling Fan

You will need to remove the current ceiling fan in order to wire a new one that used two switches. Use a screwdriver and remove the screws in the circular plate that is attached to the ceiling. Once the plate is loose, it will fall to the base of the fan to expose the wiring and the screws holding the fan in place.

Test the voltage using the tester to make sure that the power is still off and then ground yourself using the strap. When you are ready, disconnect the wiring in the ceiling from the current fan. Remove the screws in the bracket and the fan. Hold the fan in place as you do this so it does not fall to the floor. You can then place the old fan out of the way.

Wire the New Fan

Wiring a ceiling fan is as easy as connecting color to color. The ceiling fan with two switches will have two sets of wires. This means that you will have black, red, white and bare. The hot wires are either black or red, the white wires are neutral, and the bare one is the ground wire. Screw the fan in place.

Attach each hot wire from the fan to a hot wire in the ceiling. Attach the neutral wires together and place the bare wire around some of the metal of the bracket in the ceiling. Wrap electric tape around the connection points and then attach wire nuts. Slide the cover in place and screw it to the ceiling. Install the remaining blades, and you are free to turn the power on and use the fan.

That's all there is to it. Now you should have no trouble wiring a ceiling fan with two switches.