How to replace a light fixture with a ceiling fan

How to replace a light fixture with a ceiling fan

Replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan might be a stylish and functional upgrade to any room. A ceiling fan would be a great option to make your room more comfortable. If you want to reduce your room’s heating and cooling costs, a ceiling fan will be the best choice for you.

In this article, you will learn how to replace a light fixture with a ceiling fan. We will share some tips that help you to do this project easily and quickly. For this modification, you need some equipment and tools.

Required tools and equipment:

  • Screwdriver
  • Wire strippers
  • Safety glasses
  • Wire nut
  • Saw
  • Step ladder

Step 1: Turn off the power source.

First, you need to turn off the power source. Find out the circuit breaker to the room you will install the fan, and turn off the breaker.

Step 2: Remove old light fixtures.

Take off the light bulb from your old light fixture. Then you need to remove the fixture. Using a screwdriver, lose all the screws that hold the light fixture to the ceiling. Now you can remove the fixture.

Step 3: Disconnect light fixture wiring.

To separate the light wire and your home ceiling wires, remove the wire nut and then untwist the wire to separate them. You can cut any wires if necessary.

Step 4: Remove the old fixture box.

You need to remove your old light fixture box because this is not strong enough to support a heavy ceiling fan. A fan-rated box is needed for installing a ceiling fan. Your old box might be attached with some screws or nuts. First, unscrew all the screws and nuts and then remove the fixture box. If there is no existing outlet box, you need to install a ceiling fan box.

Step 5: adjust the box hole.

If there is no existing fan box or your existing box hole needs to adjust, you will need to cut out the ceiling to fit the box. Trace the shape of your new ceiling fan box, and then start to cut the top. For cutting a plaster ceiling, you will need a powered saw. For a drywall ceiling, you can use a drywall saw.

After cutting the ceiling’s hole, make sure the box will be fit perfectly. Next, insert the threaded bar into the hole and place it at the center between two joists. Now, you need to twist the support bar until the bar is secured with the joist.

Step 6: Insert the bracket and fan box.

Now you need to insert the bracket and fan box into the hole. Place the box correctly, and then tighten the screw.

Step 7: Prepaid your ceiling fan.

Now you need to assemble your ceiling fan. Insert all the fan cables through the downrod and then thread the downrod on the fan to secure it with the fan body. Next, insert the metal pin into the downrod and secured it with the clip. Now, you might need to tighten the screw around the base of the downrod to secure it.

Now you need to insert the yoke cover and canopy into the downrod. Then slide the hanging ball and insert the stop pin.

Step 8: Mounting the bracket to the fan box.

Attach the mounting bracket to the outlet box. Tighten the screws that are provided to the bracket.

Step 9: Lift the fan.

This is the time to hook up your new assembly ceiling fan. Lift the fan over the bracket and slide the hanging ball into the hanging bracket.

Step 10: Wiring the fan.

Adjust all the wires by trimming at the end of the wire. You can use a wire stripper to trim the wire. Connect the green wire from the fan to the grounded wire on the mounting bracket. Twist the blue and black wires from the fan together and then attach them to the black wire that comes from the ceiling, then twist them and use wire nuts.

Next, you need to connect the white neutral ceiling fan wire to the white neutral wire that comes from the ceiling and then twist them and secured them with a wire nut.

Step 11: Secure the canopy.

After finishing the work, tuck all the wires inside the mounting bracket and box. Next, slide the canopy upward and tighten the screw to secure the canopy. Canopy is used to hide the wires and the fan box.

Step 12: attached the fan blade and light kit.

Now you can adjust your fan blades with the fan body. In the blade arms with the motor screw hole and adjust the fan blade to the motor assembly with the supplied screws. Now you need to attach your light kit with your fan. You are done!

Final product:

After finishing all the processes, you can turn on the fan switch and test it works or not. Risk of electrical shock or injury may occur. If you are not comfortable working with electrical wiring, please hire an electrician.

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