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You need to have the fan operate independently of the light?
With the light off you need to be able to have the fan on?
Would it be possible to use the existing wiring to power the fan and then run line with a switch in it to power the light?
Would you need the light to be on without the fan running?
That will require you to run a hot wire from the light to the fan. Then the netural wire from the light to the fan will have the exra switch added.
Does that answer your question?
I am sorry since this is very unprofessional but I must get to bed.
It is 2:45in the morning here and my brain is about dead.
I will send you some diagrams tomorrow if that is ok?
There is no way to wire the fan directly to the fan from the light switch.
The light switch only contains neutral wires. The fan wouls need to be connected to tthe hot wire. Here is another diagram. The wire colors will be different than your actual wire color.
I think this expert is confused
Is your fan 220 volt ?
You mention black and red wires are they coming out of the fan ?
"In terms of red & black wires ...how does the hot wire & neutral relate to red & black? I am a handyperson but not much of an electrician.
I was using the terms hot and neutral rather loosely.
Since both wires are hot it would be best to follow the color code used when your house was wired. What ever color wire runs to the light switch, should also go to the fan switch and then back to the fan.
Since you light may be using a radial circuit the diagrams above would not work and the only choice you would have is to run another set of wires from your electrical box.
I would suggest a local electrician be called to complete the wiring to you fan. There are just to many variables possible. Wiring codes have changes in Australia and your home could have several possible wiring arrangements
Electrical wiring should always be done by a qualified electrician following the electrical codes for your location.
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I have updated my post above.
Please read it as it has additional information.
If you home is in compliance with local codes, your light is using a radial circuit.
One wire comes from the electric panel, and goes to the light, then out of the light into the switch, when it comes out of the switch it continues back to the electrical panel.
This radial circuit, is actually a loop and your fan cannot be powered by this loop.
You may possible want to continue with the other Expert but remember, you do not have to accept any answer you are not pleased with.
If I can be of further assistance I will do best to help.
If not I wish you luck in your quest.
I would run another wire to the switch
You only have to use one wire
Jump one wire to the new switch from the light switch
Put it on the what you call netural wire of the fan
Next jump the hot from the fan to the light
Because this is 220 it dosen't matter which wire goes where to the fan
But if you want to follow what's there then follow what you say and switch whatever lead is switched to the light