Ceiling fans are a popular home feature. Luckily, replacing a light fixture with a new ceiling fan is an easy process. With just a little more work, you can add a new lighting fixture to the bottom of the fan unit. Only basic tools and skills are needed when installing ceiling fans.
Head over to the next page for the first step.
Cut Power to the Circuit
To deenergize circuit, remove appropriate fuse or trip correct circuit breaker. Alternately, you can throw main switch to shut off all electricity in your home.
Remove the Old Light Fixture
Remove original light fixture from ceiling. Most fixtures are bolted or screwed into ceiling and can be disconnected once cover is removed.
Disconnect the Wires
Lower fixture, and disconnect wires. Mark each with piece of masking tape for identification later.
Connect the New Wires
Review manufacturer's instructions on color coding of wiring and recommended ceiling fan installation procedures. In most homes, there will be two wires in circuit and three in fixture. Connect black wires together and white wires together, then connect remaining ground (bare or green) wire to metal junction box or other location suggested by manufacturer. Use wirenuts to make connections and, once connected, check them for tightness.
Push Wiring Back into the Junction Box
Check over wiring, reviewing manufacturer's instructions. Then carefully push all wires into junction box, a metal or plastic container for electrical connections.
Attach the Fixture
Attach fixture to junction box or hangers as directed by manufacturer.
Wire the Light Kit
If you're installing a light below fan, make sure two parts are of the same brand and designed to work together (this will make process much easier). Remove bottom cover from fan unit, and pull out ends of any loose wires. Follow manufacturer's instructions for connection. Typically that means connect black to black, white to white, and ground to ground.
Turn on the Power
Reenergize circuit and test system.
Many home electricity repairs are within reach for the do-it-yourselfer. Just be sure you take appropriate safety precautions, and don't hesitate to call in a professional when necessary.
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