ceiling fan switchwiring diagramI replaced a ceiling fan. The light and fan are controlled by a switch on the wall. I'm having difficulties connecting the wires coming from the switch to the wires in the ceiling fan and the main power supply. There's 5 wires coming from the switch to the ceiling fan with little labels on them.

  1. Black "live in"
  2. Black "fan out"
  3. White "common out"
  4. White "neutural in"
  5. Red "light out"

I think i know what to do with wires #2, 3, and 5, but I'm unsure of what to do with the two "in" wires.

  • What make and model is the fan switch? Can you post photos of it? Do you know what make and model the old fan was, for that matter? Dec 31, 2022 at 20:43
  • I added a photo of the switch, it's a Hunter. I'm not sure what the old fan was, I got rid of it a long time ago. It was maybe approximately 20 years old.
    – Tony
    Dec 31, 2022 at 20:58
  • can you turn the breaker off and get us photos of the inside of the switch box + any make/model labeling on the switch itself please? Dec 31, 2022 at 22:36

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Black "Live in" is attached to the black power " switched hot" comming from the switch

black "fan out" is attached to the black lead from the fan.

White "common out" is attached to the white lead from the fan.

White "neutral in" Is attached to the white neutral in the box.

Red "Light out" Is attached to the blue or red lead from the fan.

This is normal for a fan controlled by a hand remote or wall switch remote.

  • Thank you for your answer. Regarding the black "live in" wire, should it be attached to the black wire from the box?
    – Tony
    Dec 31, 2022 at 20:00
  • I added a diagram of how I currently have the ceiling fan wired. When I turn the power on, the fan doesn't work and the light blinks one every five seconds.
    – Tony
    Dec 31, 2022 at 20:41
  • black "live in' should be attached to the black from the power supply.
    – RMDman
    Dec 31, 2022 at 20:51
  • Are there pull chains for fan and light switching on the fan? If so the fan may be off from the pull chain switch. Some lights and fan motors have to be programed to the switch after power is lost or interrupted.
    – RMDman
    Dec 31, 2022 at 20:52
  • Yes, there are pull chains. You were right, I pulled the chain for the fan, and now it works. However, the light still won't fully turn on. It just blinks once every five seconds or so.
    – Tony
    Dec 31, 2022 at 20:57

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