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Ok, so this has the potential to be the most boring blog in the history of the internet so we’ll try and keep it interesting.
Firstly, the usual disclaimer. When it comes to electrics, safety is most important. There are only certain things you are allowed to do yourselves and If you are not experienced or confident with electrical work then we would recommend getting a Part P registered electrician to do it for you. All of the information offered in this blog is for information only, it should be taken only as a guide and Fantasia Dist Ltd cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage caused by using this guide. Always make sure the power is isolated at least 30 minutes before commencing any electrical work.
Now some good news!
If you are replacing a light fitting with a ceiling fan then you are able (If you want to) to do this yourself. It’s the same rule that covers replacing a 13amp plug socket. It’s fairly straightforward to replace a light fitting with a ceiling fan but we would always recommend taking a photo of the old light fitting wiring before removing the light fitting. This way you should be able to identify which wires are which.
Now, once you have taken the old light fitting down you may well be presented with something like the below. Bear in mind these are the older wiring colours. If your house was rewired after 2004 then your wires may have been changed to the harmonized version (see the picture at the end of the blog).
The Red wires are permanent live, the Black wires are neutral and the black wire with the red sleeve (left hand side) is the switched live (From the switch on the wall). Below are the wires you can expect to see coming from a basic ceiling fan & Light.
Additionally the Ceiling Fan & Light will probably have individual pull switched on them like the one in the picture below
The more basic style of ceiling fan such as the one below has two pull switches. This means that you can wire the fan to the permanent live and still have switch control.
With all this new-found knowledge we can now wire the fan up to operate. The way we would recommend doing this is so that the ceiling fan is operational evening when the wall light switch is off (so you can use the fan at night with the light switched off at the wall). To do this you need to wire:
- Light on Fan Live (Orange) TO Switched Live (Black with Red Sleeve or Brown with Blue Sleeve)
- Ceiling Fan Live (Brown) TO Permanent Live (Group of Red or Group of Brown)
- Neutral (Blue) TO Neutral (Black or Blue)
- Earth TO Earth (Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust)
Ensure the Earth is connected up, this is a safety feature and safety is most important.
If you only have a Switched Live and no permanent live then the Live from the fan AND the Live from the light will both need to connect to your switched live BUT this will mean than both the fan and light will only work when the wall switch is in the ON position.
Equally, if you only have a permanent live at ceiling level then you can connect both the Live from the fan and the live from the light to the permanent live and operate both independently on the pull cords on the fan itself
Some fans have a remote control handset and receiver. This actually makes things easier as the remote receiver splits the lives so you only need one live input. We would recommend using the switched live to power the remote receiver. This means that, in the unlikely event of a remote receiver failure, you can switch off power to the unit at the wall switch.
As mentioned earlier, in 2004, and just to make your life more complicated, wiring code in the UK was ‘Harmonized’. See the illustration below. This means that all appliances that need wiring in will also have the new harmonized colour coding
We hope this helps and thanks for reading.
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I’m afraid I have to preface this blog entry with the usual disclaimer that before starting any electrical work you should ensure you have ‘all pole disconnection’ from the unit you are working on. I should also say that if you are unsure about anything to do with wiring and electrical work in general then consult a qualified electrician.
I’m not saying this because connecting a ceiling fan to a lighting circuit is difficult, it’s not, it’s just that when someone does something stupid then they tend to want to blame someone else. All I’m saying is that if you are that sort of person then don’t use this guide. Fantasia Ceiling Fans won’t be responsible for any loss, damage or anything else resulting from this blog entry.
Right, now down to the questions you may have :
Q. Does a Fantasia Ceiling Fan use the standard lighting circuit?
Q. Do I need to run the fan from a fused spur?
A. That would be recommended but not essential
Q. Can I control the fan and light separately?
A. This is a question that always makes me laugh. Do you really think that you could only have the light on when the fan is on and vice versa? Do you think that would be a good product? No it wouldn’t and therefore all Fantasia Fans have independently controllable fan and light functions.
Q. Can I control the fan from the permanent live and the light from the switched live
A. Yes, this is an option and some people do it but we prefer to only use the switched live for isolation purposes.
Q. Are fan lights dimmable
A. If the fan comes with a remote control or wall control then the answer is yes. If the fan light just has a pull cord then the light will just have on/off functionality.
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