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I'm trying to install a light kit on a ceiling fan and I 't

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I'm trying to install a light kit on a ceiling fan and I don't know how to get it to work.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** me try and assist you with your issue. Could you tell me more about what you are doing? Make and model of what you are installing? What existing wiring do you have? etc..

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Unfortunately I know nothing about anything electrical...so I'll try my best! The Light kit is the Fanimation LK4520. We connected the kit to the fan, but then we realized we don't know if it's even wired to a light switch (I feel dumb just typing this right now!)...How do we figure out if we have the correct wiring?
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

What controls the fan?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It's a light switch and a dimmer, but it's only a single switch
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

So the dimmer would control the speed of the fan?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Well right now, both the switch and the dimmer control the fan (but yes the dimmer controls the actual speed)
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

OK, and the switch is simply on/off?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Yep, just your normal switch
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

OK. So do you have the light installed? Is it just a connector that plugs into the fan?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Yeah there's just a few wires in the box that plugs directly into the fan see attached.
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

OK, that looks good. So what happens when you turn on the switch?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Fan turns on, no light though.
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

How about if you slide the dimmer all the way up

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Sure did :(
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I mean, tried it, didn't work.
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

Ok. You'll have to open up that switch box and see whats inside for wiring

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
hmm ok...is this dangerous? What should I be looking for?
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

Do you know what circuit the fan in on? Can you turn off the breaker? It will make it safe for you. We need to see if there is another wire we can switch power to that runs up to the ceiling box, to power the light

Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

There is going to be another wire in the fan itself that needs to be connected in the ceiling box that powers the light.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Ooo....So, the wire in the fan itself, will I need to remove the fan all together to gain access to the ceiling box? And is it at all possible that I won't need to do that, like if there's something in the wall lighting box i can switch? (Basically if I can do it without removing the fan, great, if I have to do stuff in the ceiling, this may have to be tomorrow's problem!)
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

Yes you would have to remove the fan to get access to that wiring, it is possible it's already connected in the ceiling but not connected in the switch box

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I can try the switch box first without removing the fan to see if that works?
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

Yeah, it's somewhere to start, and the easiest to get at

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
hmmm ok...I'm not entirely sure how this service works, can I pick up again tomorrow, or is it like a one and done thing?
Expert:  Steven Parent replied 9 months ago.

Yes, you can reply to this chat tomorrow.

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