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Replacing a Light Fixture With a Ceiling Fan

I am replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan. How do I connect the wires to the new ceiling fan? How to Install a Ceiling Fan where there was a Light Fixture.


Light Fixture and Ceiling Fan Wiring

Electrical Question: I am replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan. How do I connect the wires to the new ceiling fan?

This electrical wiring question came from: Chet, a Homeowner from Rochester, New York.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Chet.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan where there was a Light Fixture

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

When install a ceiling fan where a light fixture has been it is important to identify the existing wiring and make sure that the electrical box in the ceiling is rated for the weight of the ceiling fan as shown here in the installation pages.

Step-by-step pictures – Easy ceiling fan wiring diagrams and installation guide – Light and fan switch variations.

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How to Install Ceiling Fans
Take the mystery out of ceiling fan wiring. Ceiling Fans are a great way to lower your energy bill and brighten up one of your favorite rooms.

The Following will assist you with your Ceiling Fan

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