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do the plastic tips come off of the white and black wires on the fan-motor assembly? And where is the green wire? name is XXXXX XXXXX I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question. My goal is to exceed your expectations on Just Answer!



1) Are you referring to the final wiring harness assembly located at the top of the fan motor where the wire splices will be made to the ceiling box or are you referring to the plastic Molex type of connectors that are located at the bottom of the motor assembly where a light kit would be installed?


Refer to the pic shown below... is this the part you are referring to? If so, that is called a Molex connector.


If you are referring to the Molex connectors, yes those pull apart as one side is a male connector and the other side is a female connector.




2) The green ground wire or a combo yellow/green ground wire will be located at the very top of the wiring harness where it splices into the ceiling box.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

This is a Hampton Bay ceiling fan motor assembly. There are two pairs of wires connected together that have tags that say "For lighting connection" Then there are two sets of 5 wires - one white and one black- connected at the top with a clear plastic piece. Then there is a set of wires in a box similar to your picture with 9 sections and 7 wires in that. Nothing is green. The directions say to connect the green wire to the household wire, connect the white wire to white and black and blue to black. They are talking about 4 wires. Which 4 do I use and if they are ones inside that plastic box, how do I get them out? There are no wires not somehow contained in plastic. Thanks.

1) Thanks for the replies Bernadette. Any chance that you could post a picture here so I can see? You should have a paperclip icon that you can click and this will allow you to upload a picture. If you can send me a picture of the very top wiring harness, that will be most helpful.


2) Located at the very top of the fan's wiring harness, you should have either 3 or 4 wires with no plastic assembly on them. Usually Hampton Bay fans will have (1) one white wire for the neutral, (1) one black wire for the fan and (1) one blue wire for the light kit and (1) one green for the ground connection. The mounting bracket may have a pre-installed green grounding wire that is connected.


3) The 4 wires at the top of the wiring harness are open wires and they should not have any plastic connectors on them. These are the 4 wires that will splice into the ceiling box wires. Perhaps you are referring to the wires and connections located towards the bottom of the fan motor where the light kit is attached? If so, these are not the wires that get connected to the ceiling box. Look at the very top of the fan motor, you should have 4 free-standing loose wires, maybe 1 foot in length. These are the wires coming off of the wiring harness and will connect to the ceiling box house wires.


4) If you will just be using the 2 pull chains to control the fan and light kit, the black and blue wire from the fan will get spliced to the ceiling black wire. The white wire from the fan gets spliced to the white neutral wire in the ceiling. The green wire gets spliced to either a bare copper wire in the ceiling box or the green wire will be pre-connected on the mounting bracket.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes, looking at the bottom instead. It all makes sense now. Thanks.

1) Refer to the attached picture. The ceiling fan wiring harness which will get spliced and connected to the wires located at the ceiling box are located at the very top most portion of the fan and not on the bottom or underside of the fan.





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