I have an existing ceiling fan rough in that is wired with 3 conductor wire to two switches, allowing the light and fan to be controlled independently.

The fan that I installed however uses a wireless controller for the fan and light control, and therefore only uses a single hot wire(one switch), the other conductor for the unused switch is just capped in the ceiling fan box.

I would like to add a separate ceiling light fixture in this room. It has occurred to me that I have a switch that is not being used because the fan can only be controlled by a single switch.

Can I simply tap into the existing neutral, and unused hot in the ceiling fan to run to my new fixture? This would save me from having to add a new switch.

In other words, I would run 14/2 from the ceiling fan fixture to the new light location. I would tie the new hot to the unused hot in the ceiling fan fixture, tie neutral to neutral, and ground to ground.

This seems to be pretty straightforward, but I wanted to see if there was any reason this wouldn't be an acceptable approach.

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So long as you will not overload the circuit (figure out what all is on the circuit), you should be fine.

  • Thanks for your help. Completed this today and everything went smoothly.
    – Eric
    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:18

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