Re: ceiling fan/ wall switch
Yep -- based on what you posted I agree with Sprucey.
Originally Posted by EJS
It all depends where the existing lamp circuit gets it's constant source feed .
In other words , if the constant feed from the panel comes into the switch box then the existing lamp switch will have a black connected to the top and bottom screw connectors. The white would be the neutral connection extending to the lamp.
*If* this is the case -----
it would be a simple matter of disconnecting the black from the bottom screw of the existing lamp switch ( which should be the constant supply ) ---- cut 2 short black wires ( pig tails ) and connect with a wire nut to that black wire --- connect 1 pigtail to the bottom screw of the existing and new switch. The new black for the fan then connects to the top screw of the new switch.
The white neutral for the fan would simply connect to the neutral connection at the box.
However, it sounds as though black and white connect to the existing switch , which means the constant supply feed is coming from the lamp box.
*If* this is the case ----
The white ( which should have been marked with a black marker or tape ) will be the constant supply to the switch --- the black will be the switched feed from the switch to the lamp --- no neutral at the switch box --- which means you're screwed with the way you have things wired since there won't be any neutral connection tto the new fan.
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