Wiring up a ceiling fan does not have to be complicated. In fact, wiring up the ceiling fan is much like wiring a light fixture. If you understand some of the common wire colors, it’s surprisingly easy to install and wire together a ceiling fan.
The wiring colors for Hampton Bay Ceiling Fans is very similar to most other ceiling fans, so once you get used to wiring one or two fans (or light fixtures), you’ll feel quite confident at installing and wiring ceiling fans. Below we’ve put together a listing of some of the most common wiring colors. These colors usually apply to most fans.
Most wiring you will find in a house is 12 gauge solid copper wire, and most ceiling fans you work with have 4 wires coming out of them. Generally, this is actually three wires plus a ground.
With most fans, you will find the following wire colors: black, white, green, and one additional color. The additional color is usually blue, red, or black and white striped.
Most house wiring is 12 gauge solid copper wire attached to a 15 or 20 amp 120v AC circuit
Most ceiling fans have 4 wires, or 3 wires plus a ground black, white, green and an additional color usually red, blue or black/white striped.
The black wire is the “hot lead” for the fan motor. This means it’s a line that carries voltage or current, so yes, it can give you a shock.
If there is a red/blue/striped wire, it is the “hot lead” for a potentially optional light kit.
A white wire will be the neutral lead for the fan motor and light kit. A green wire will be the ground – so it has to be grounded.