I have a ceiling fan & light that is controlled by a wall switch. Recently, I went to turn the lights on and they flickered but didn't turn on. The fan works fine.

I decided to replace the switch with a new fan control and dimmer and the connections lined up with red, black & white wires. I turned the power back on and the fan worked - lights didn't.

So, I decided to replace the light kit and the connection worked fine (one white & one black). Turned the power back on and same issue.

The next day I woke up and switched both the Fan and Lights all the way on and THEY BOTH WORKED! Essentially, I learned that if the fan is turned up all the way - the lights work.

Any idea on why this is and what I can do so that they both work?

One PS to this - I noticed that there is a quiet slight buzzing to the switch when it is turned on.

  • Can you give us photos of the insides of the boxes? Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 23:18
  • I think I solved it. I added my solution below.
    – rmlumley
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 2:26

1 Answer 1


This was the solution that worked.

SWITCH ---------> OUTLET

Yellow ------------> Black

Red---------------> Red

Black ------------> White

This was the solution.

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