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How to Install an Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Electrical Wiring Method for a Outdoor Ceiling Fan: I am installing an outdoor ceiling fan that is UL rated for wet location on an open patio cover.

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Electrical Project: I am installing an outdoor ceiling fan that is UL rated for wet location on an open patio cover made of 2×4’s.

This electrical question came from: Rob, a Handyman from Houston, Texas.

Dave’s Reply:
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Installing a Outdoor Ceiling Fan

installing outdoor ceiling fan

Application: Installing an Outdoor Ceiling Fan.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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.

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4 Responses to “How to Install an Outdoor Ceiling Fan”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Joe,
    Unlike a table light that is attached to a cord and can be moved, a ceiling fan is mounted as a permanent device. Therefore it should be wired permanently using approved methods. If the project location does not allow concealed wiring to be installed then you may consider using NEC Code Compliant and UL Approved surface wiring devices such as Wiremold. Products such as this can be used to extend electrical power from an existing source to a wall switch and up to the ceiling fan location. Surface mounted electrical boxes of this type are available specifically for ceiling fan installations. This type of outdoor ceiling fan installation when done properly will be safe and attractive.
    Be Safe,

  2. Joe says:

    I want to install a outdoor ceiling fan on our porch , but I have to use a cord to attach to fan and run it down the wall to power outlet , my question is what kind of cord do I use.

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Janette,
    An outdoor ceiling fan should be mounted to a well supported permanent structure that will allow mounting an approved ceiling fan electrical box as well as the electrical conduit which supplies the power. The specific stationary awning that you have would need to be evaluated to see if it will provide the required support for an outdoor ceiling fan and if so what types of brackets or mounting hardware is available for the installation process.

  4. Janette Weisneck says:

    I have a stationary awning over my deck. I want to install an outdoor ceiling fan with lighting. What can I use to install it to the poles?