Installing a ceiling fan where a light fixture exists

Installing a ceiling fan where a light fixture exists

  • Anna Ham

Ceiling fans are a fashionable and functional way to update a room. There are various stylish ceiling fan designs, and they can help provide energy savings in the summer as well as winter. Installing a ceiling fan where a light fixture exists is an easy option for updating your home’s decor while also increasing its energy efficiency.

Home projects that involve electrical work and installation might seem daunting, but we have some tips for installing a ceiling fan where a light fixture exists currently.

Remove an existing light fixture

To get started, it’s important to turn off the electricity for the room at the circuit breaker as well as the room’s light switch. For added precaution, put a piece of tape over the switch and circuit breaker to make sure they aren’t accidently switched back on while you’re working. Use a circuit tester to make sure the power is off and not flowing before you touch any of the electrical wiring.

Disconnect the light fixture’s wiring and remove any screws holding the fixture to the ceiling as you uninstall it. Once you’re finished uninstalling the light fixture, you’ll need to check the electrical box that’s in the ceiling.

Install the ceiling fan box

You need a ceiling fan rated electrical box before you install a ceiling fan. Ceiling fan rated boxes are built and tested to ensure they’ll support the weight and vibration of a ceiling fan. You need to make sure the ceiling fan box you get can support 70 pounds. If you’re not comfortable installing the ceiling fan box yourself, hire a licensed, professional electrician.

You need to ensure the ceiling fan rated box is securely installed to the structure. It could be installed with a box that comes with a bracket that hangs between the joists, or it could be a box that’s installed into a brace that’s placed in between the joists. There are multiple options to hanging a ceiling fan box depending on the inside of your ceiling, so we highly recommend consulting with a certified, professional electrician.

Ceiling fan rated box for when you're installing a ceiling fan where a light fixture exists
Ceiling fan rated box

Installing a ceiling fan

Installing a ceiling fan can seem intimidating, especially when it comes to wiring a ceiling fan. However, we have a number of resources to help guide you including a how to install a ceiling fan video. Our resources are supplements to your Hunter ceiling fan manual, so make sure you refer to your installation manual first and foremost during the installation.

Hunter installing a ceiling fan where no light fixture existed

Hunter Fan Company continues to innovate new ways to make for easy ceiling fan installation, including our pre-installed remote receiver and snap-on blades. But if you are uncomfortable installing a ceiling fan, hire a certified, professional electrician to install your fan. Depending on the hourly rates of electricians in your area, it can range from $60 to $250 to install a ceiling fan including installing the ceiling fan box and the fan itself.

Hunter Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fan installation

If you consider yourself handy, installing a ceiling fan where a light fixture exists is easy. Even if you don’t consider yourself handy, it’s still an easy and fairly inexpensive update that will bring your room style and added comfort. Find more tips for installing a ceiling fan in your home on our blog.