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Old 01-25-2010, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Hernando, FL
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I want to wire my new 52"/w light straight to my glass fuse box since there is no existing fixture in the room. I have some #12 wire 3 wire romex....will this wire work all right?
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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12/3 is heavy enough to run a ceiling fan/light.
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:36 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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#14 is plenty heavy too but not allowed in my City.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I want to wire my new 52"/w light straight to my glass fuse box since there is no existing fixture in the room. I have some #12 wire 3 wire romex....will this wire work all right?
Yes but 12-3 wire is way way overkill and not necessary. If it's all you have and dont want to buy the proper 14-2 then just clip off the red wire and tape it up. A 12-3 is for 220 volt applications. Romex is good everywhere except NYC and Chicago that I know of where only BX is allowed rather then Romex.

A ceiling fan runs on less then 1 amp. You need only really tap into a nearby junction box if you can. Running that heavy 12g wire is no easy task and again, certainly not necessary. Technically a ceiling fan can safely run on a lamp cord but dont do it.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I want to wire my new 52"/w light straight to my glass fuse box since there is no existing fixture in the room. I have some #12 wire 3 wire romex....will this wire work all right?
In a word- yes.
12/3 would be standard faire if you where switching the fan and light separately. But, since you are wiring directly to a panel- 14/2 or 12/2 would be sufficient.

If your going to use both lines (1 for fan/ 1 for light) in the 12/3 they have to be on separate fuses. But, if your intent is to use one fuse- cut back the red wire to the sheathing so you only have the Blk, W, and Grd. Wire fan and light (load) to the line, and use the switches on the unit itself.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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A 12-3 is for 220 volt applications.
The minimim gauge wire I ever seen for 220V is 10awg.
And it all depend on the amp's used and the length of the line. 14/3 or 12/3 is usually used for switched fan/light combo's, 3-way, and 4-way switch configurations.
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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The minimim gauge wire I ever seen for 220V is 10awg.
And it all depend on the amp's used and the length of the line. 14/3 or 12/3 is usually used for switched fan/light combo's, 3-way, and 4-way switch configurations.
Our well pump run's on 12/2 with gnd,generally spkng #14-15 amp #12 good for 20 amp,#10-30 amp and up.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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In a word- yes.
12/3 would be standard faire if you where switching the fan and light separately. But, since you are wiring directly to a panel- 14/2 or 12/2 would be sufficient.

If your going to use both lines (1 for fan/ 1 for light) in the 12/3 they have to be on separate fuses. But, if your intent is to use one fuse- cut back the red wire to the sheathing so you only have the Blk, W, and Grd. Wire fan and light (load) to the line, and use the switches on the unit itself.
Yes I forgot about that. The 3 wire is needed if you want a seperate switch for the fan and light. 12ga is still over kill. Can you even get 14-3? I suppose so.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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Yes I forgot about that. The 3 wire is needed if you want a seperate switch for the fan and light. 12ga is still over kill. Can you even get 14-3? I suppose so.
But if he already has the wire, I priced a 200 foot roll of 14/2 last week and it was over $60.00...My sons house has 14/3...He had to tell what the third wire was for...LOL...we were putting in fans...
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Hernando, FL
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But if he already has the wire, I priced a 200 foot roll of 14/2 last week and it was over $60.00...My sons house has 14/3...He had to tell what the third wire was for...LOL...we were putting in fans...
Thanks all for your replies and yes it's expensive so i want to use whats laying around. Actually after further examination what I have is 12/3 with a ground.....a red, white, black and a ground.

This project is really starting to tick me off as there are no junction boxes above ceiling level, (this house is almost 60 years old and when my dad refinsished and popcorned the ceiling) I guess he yanked out whatever fixture that was there, if there ever was one.

I got the bracket solidly mounted today and fished my wire through the fan hanger but now there is no room to get a drill and paddle bit through the top wall plate like a wanted (the fuse panel is the closest thing to the fan fixture).

Arrrrrgh, the heck with it, I'm aggrevated.........I think I'll drill right through ceiling board and wall panelling at an angle to get to the box and hopefully the molding will hide it. At this point, I don't care about appearence, I need function.
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