Ceiling Fan/light wiring question


(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #1

Please excuse the horrible drawing.

I have a ceiling fan/light combo running from a single smart switch.

The wiring coming into the switch box and going to the fan have a black, a white, and a ground wire (3 wire romex).

The switch is grounded and connected to neutral.

What I want to do is add a second switch. Have the incoming hot wire and neutral wire branch to both switches.

I then want to run (using the black/white/ground romex) to the fan/light combo by using the black wire for one and the white for the other.

The fan/light would still be grounded but not use the neutral.

Would this be a problem?


(MGB) #2

Don’t do it.

It would work, but it would be illegal since ground is there for protection and not meant to be used as a substitute for neutral. You should replace the cable with a 4 conductor and use black and red for fan and light power.


(Eric) #3

what he said.

THere are legit ways to skin this cat. Wireless remote like
Universal Thermostatic Ceiling Fan and Light Remote Control Conversion Kit

OR mount Aeon Micro Smart Switch or dimmer in light housing to switch or dim lights only. Then you’d switch the fan at its local pullswitch.


(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #4

Thank you for the replies.

I was hoping there was something out there I was missing and could avoid running new wires.

But, new wires it is.

Thank