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Replacing a ceiling fan with other type fixture?

We have a ceiling fan and with 3 different speeds for the blades and the light there are more wires up there besides green ground, black and white. There are other wires up there. How to install a different type fixture since we don't know which current wires go where. This photo shows what a new light might be. Thanks.

Update:

No wall switch. 

Connie: so red or blue is also hot. The new fixture which was just an example in the photo should have a black as the hot. So red or blue would be capped. 

Update 2:

ERROR: The light is controlled by a switch on the wall near the door. The ceiling fan was heavy and difficult to get mounted to the ceiling gang box. At this point I won't be able to look and see what color wires we have. I'm sure there is a white and black and copper (green) ground wire. 

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  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Well, when you take down the ceiling fan, alot of those wires will come with it. So, they will be gone. What you should have left is the black, white and green typical wires for a light circuit. You hook up the new fixture to those wires per the instructions and mount the fixture to the box in the ceiling that the fan was mounted on. It's all standard and meant to fit together.  Looking at your photo.  The wires that distribute to the lights is connected in the lower cowling.  Leave it alone.  You have only 1 wire going up the chain to the box in the ceiling.  That is where you make your connection to the house wiring and the wall switch.   You do not have to wire up the individual lights.

    • lyong2222 months agoReport

      Sorry Edwena forgot to select the number of stars. 5 was the intent.

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  • ron h
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The acknowledgement of the wall switch was really important.  To be clear, there's just ONE switch there?   Given the uncertainty of "excess" wiring in the ceiling, I'd look at the wall switch to check if there are TWO wires of each color connected to the switch.  That's RARE, but in this case, it's worth a look.  (If there ARE 2 sets, one would be for the lights and one for the fan.)  It might be worthwhile to use a flashlight (and a mirror, it need be) to confirm what wires are connected to the fan.

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  • Droopy
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

     You need a multi meter so you can figure out the hot wires. Just because black is normally hot does mean anything.  The wiring could be hooked up backwards an whites hot.  

    How do you plan on controlling the light if there's no wall switch?  The remote you have controls the ceiling fan when you take that down the remote is useless.

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  • 2 months ago

    since you told us nothing about the switch or remote involved, we have no useful advice other than to hire a handyman to do this task

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  • arther
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    take the old fitting down identify the earth connect it find and connect the existing neutral and switch wire to the new light, if you can't do that maybe you shouldn't be touching something you know nothing about.

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  • 2 months ago

    The blue or red one is also hot for the light or fan. It is a simple job if you know what you are doing. Doesn't matter how many speeds, same wire. Fan and light might be separate if it's controlled by wall switch

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