Need your help, please. I have a single pole switch that controls the wall’s receptacles. It has one 14/2 cable, white/black/ground, where the white is hot. I would like to install a ceiling fan. I expanded the box for the second switch and ran a wire for the fan. My question is, can I use a power source from an existing wire?

  • Thanks for asking this. I am in a very similar situation while trying to install a ceiling fan, except we have multiple duplex outlets in the switch loop.
    – Matthew
    Jul 18, 2014 at 3:37

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No. You do not have the required conductors at the box. It sounds like you simply have a switch loop, where one conductor is ungrounded (hot), and the other is an ungrounded switched conductor. To power a ceiling fan, you'll also need a grounded (neutral) conductor.

If you could pull an additional conductor (or cable) from the power source of the receptacles, you would be able to do what you want. However, as it currently stands, you're short a conductor.

  • Thanks a lot. I will look for some other source of power from the wires from attic.
    – IgorN
    Nov 29, 2013 at 20:54

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