I currently have a ceiling fan with light in my living room. It has no switch, and is controlled solely by pull chains. I would like to add recessed lighting to the room, and I would like to add two switches: one for the fan, and a dimmer for the recessed lighting. What is the simplest way of adding these two switches? A 3 wire switch loop? If so what is the proper wiring configuration.
You could probably get by running 14-3 wire from the box to a double gang box. Make the white wire your incoming hot, nut it to your two switches, wire switch #1 to the black, and finally switch #2 to the red. You can then attach the lights to your black at the box, and the fan to the red.
NEC recommends dropping a neutral to the box, however. If you can, get some 14/2/2 wire (4 line) and use the blue (or white-red stripe in some) to bring your hot in. Hook the white to the neutral and then nut it off in the switch box.