Can I use the unused red wire in the wiring from my ceiling fan to power a light in my attic space? Leaving the switch wiring the same (meaning i could turn the attic light off and on via the fan switch?)

  • The wire doesn't care what it powers. Do you have a more specific question? A description of the circuit would also be useful. – isherwood Jan 8 '18 at 18:29
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    I am not sure I understand the question. The red wire you speak of is presumably the switched hot from a wall switch that currently powers the fan when the wall switch is closed. Is this red wire in a 14-3 + gnd NM cable? Or is this wires in conduit? So you are asking if a separate light can be put in parallel with the fan and controlled by the same wall switch as the fan? – Jim Stewart Jan 8 '18 at 19:52
  • Is the attic light close to the fan? Or would you need to extend the unused red wire in some way? – mmathis Jan 8 '18 at 21:13

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