How to Replace a Light Fixture with a Ceiling Fan

How to Replace a Light Fixture with a Ceiling Fan

How to Replace a Light Fixture with a Ceiling Fan

Hello DIYers! Today, were going to look at how to install a ceiling fan. Dont worry, its not very difficult and shouldnt even take too long. Before we get started, well need to assess what size fan youll need for your room. In order to do that, simply measure the rooms longest wall. If the wall is less than 12ft. the room will need a 36in. fan. If the room is between 12 and 15 ft. it will take a 42in. fan. Anything over 15ft. will require a 52in. fan.

Now that weve determined which sized fan to use, we can get started on its installation! Obviously, there are many different styles of fans that you can purchase. Depending on what type of room your installing it in, there are different types that are better than others. For example, you may want to utilize a hugger fan for a room with a low ceiling (or a fan without a down rod), or a fan with an extension down rod in a room with a high/sloped ceiling. Perhaps youre installing a fan outside in which case youd want to purchase a fan that is approved for damp/wet locations.

Ok, to install your new ceiling fan youll want to:

1. Turn off the electricity  at the breaker box. Double-check to make sure that there is no electricity running to the fixture that youre replacing with the fan.

2. Disconnect the existing light fixture  wires and remove the central mounting nut/screws holding the fixture in place.

3. Place a support brace  between the ceiling joists where the fan will be installed. If you have a drywall ceiling, youll need to access the joists from the attic. As you know, fans are quite a bit heavier than a light fixture and will need additional support.

Ideally, youll want to use a 2×4 and nail it into the joists on either side of where the ceiling box will be placed. Also, if you cannot access the ceiling, you may install a metal brace support. These are fairly inexpensive and easy to install.

How to Replace a Light Fixture with a Ceiling Fan

4. Install the fans mounting bracket  by referring to the manufacturers instructions. Most of the time, this just requires you to screw it into the existing fixtures electrical box.

5. Install the fan motor  by mounting it to the bracket you just installed. This is accomplished by inserting the swivel ball into the bracket. Once you have the motor mounted, youll need to wire it up to the house. Most of the time, youll be able to connect black to black and white to white (black being your “hot” wire and white being neutral.) If there is a ground wire on your fan (bare copper wire or green wire), connect this to the existing ground wire and connect both to the metal on the electrical box. Be sure to refer to your manufacturers instructions if there are additional wires as they will be used for optional components on your ceiling fan. A quick note: Youll want to use wire nuts to connect the wires together.

6.  Attach the fan blades and light fixture  (if your fan has a light fixture). First, install the fan canopy (cover) over the ceiling box and mounting bracket. Next, attach each blade mounting bracket to each blade, and install these to the bezel under the motor. Be sure to make these connections tight. You dont want them to be loose at all as this will cause the fan to shake during operation.

Attaching the light fixture, if you have one, can be a little different for each different type of fan. For wiring instruction, refer to the manufacturers instructions provided with the fan. Other than that, youll just need to screw it on.


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