How to Wire a Ceiling Fan Using Only One Hot Wire

How to Wire a Ceiling Fan Using Only One Hot Wire

Installing a ceiling fan can be a great way to improve air circulation and add style to a room. In most cases, ceiling fans require two hot wires to operate - a hot wire to power the fan motor and a switched hot to control the fan and light kit. However, it is possible to wire a ceiling fan using only one hot wire in some situations.

What You'll Need

To wire a ceiling fan to only one hot wire, you'll need:

Turn Off Power

The first step is to turn off power to the circuit you'll be working on at the main breaker panel. Use a voltage tester to confirm power is off before working on any electrical connections.

Failing to turn off power poses a serious shock hazard. Make sure power is off!

Mounting the Fan

With power off, you can start the ceiling fan installation:

  1. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the mounting bracket from the fan assembly.

  2. Secure the mounting bracket to the ceiling joist with included screws and anchors. Make sure the bracket is centered in the room.

  3. Lift the fan into place and insert the hanger ball into the mounting bracket. This will support the fan while you make the wiring connections.

Making the Electrical Connections

Here's how to connect the ceiling fan to the hot power source:

  1. Remove the wire nuts joining the black (hot), white (neutral), and green (ground) wires in the ceiling electrical box.

  2. Connect the black (hot) wire from the ceiling to the black and blue wires from the fan with a wire nut.

  3. Connect the white (neutral) wires from the ceiling and fan together with a wire nut.

  4. Connect the green/bare copper (ground) wires together with a wire nut.

  5. Cover each connection with electrical tape.

This connects the hot wire to power both the fan and the light. The neutral provides the return path for the circuit.

Complete the Installation

To finish installing the single-wire ceiling fan:

With only one hot wire for power, the fan should operate correctly using the remote. Enjoy your new ceiling fan!

Key Takeaways


While most ceiling fans need two hot wires, it is possible to install a ceiling fan safely with only one hot wire in limited situations. Choosing a fan with remote control allows it to operate on the hot wire alone. Following proper safety procedures and correctly connecting the wires allows the fan to work properly. Take time to carefully install the fan and enjoy the benefits of better air circulation.