The popularity of ceiling fans continues to grow as more and more homeowners discover dramatic, year-round energy savings.
Installing a ceiling fan is relatively simple, especially if the space above is accessible from an attic. Just remember, electrical boxes used for ceiling lights aren’t strong enough to hold a ceiling fan.
There are few fixtures that can impact the look and livability of a room as much as a ceiling fan.
However—and this is very important—you can’t just hang the fan from the existing electrical box. Make sure electricity to circuit is turned off and carefully remove the glass shade or globe from the old light fixture. Lower the fixture and disconnect the wires by twisting off the plastic connectors from the ends of the wires.
Feed the electrical cable coming from the ceiling through the knockout hole in the pancake box. Set the box into the hole cut through the ceiling and press it tight against the underside of the joist. Hold the fan’s metal ceiling plate up to the pancake box and pull the wires through its center hole. With the fan on the floor, feed the wires coming from the motor through the center of the canopy. Using twist-on wire connectors, join the two green wires to the bare copper wire coming from the cable.
To post questions, help other DIYers and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our DIY community. If it doesn't come loose then, use a thin putty knife and a small hammer to tap into the space where the trim rests on the tile. By Stacy 18 CommentsI posed the question on my blog’s Facebook page one day about whether you liked a ceiling fan or a regular light fixture better.
I wanted a new look to go with my new room so I had no problem taking our ceiling fan down. I love my ceiling fans, but a cute fan like that doubles as deco and you still get the air movement.

We live relatively close to the beach — so I’m going to work on him to convince him he needs to just open the balcony doors instead of getting a ceiling fan! I truly do not like anything on my ceilings that distract (stand out, actually SCREAM out!) from the congruent lines in my coffered ceilings, BUT, living in Georgia they are a MUST in summer months!
It’s a must to have ceiling fans in NC, plus I personally think they add a lot of charm to a room. Your retro-style standing fan is adorable, but I couldn’t live without my ceiling fan.
It been done all the time as long the luminaire junction box have room for more conductors. There are few state codes may really raise up the issue if you have no window in bathroom you must have exhaust fan installed.
Following your diagram, your fan's wires would go into your junction box for the light and you'd pigtail all the wires going into the light so you'd wirenut together a wire from the switch, a wire to your light and a wire to your fan. But yeah, that is what I'd like if money was no object, and when I do the bigger 2nd floor remodel I'm definitely putting that on my wishlist, thanks! In summer, ceiling fans create cooling breezes, which reduce the strain on air conditioners. It can keep you cool on sultry summer days, push warm air down into the room during winter, and even serve as the room’s primary illumination if you add a light.
I've got a couple of recessed halogen lights (approx 2" diameter) that really needs changing. It may have become stuck to the ceiling tile with calcium deposits from the steam from the shower. Just give what it will take, then repeat the vinegar and the tapping until you can pull it down.
Ours is very difficult to deal with, so we just go to the attic to change the bulb - the socket is held in opposing spring clips and it just pops right out. This is a base-up totally enclosed fixture and it is the worst possible environment for either type of bulb.
I was getting ready to take down our ceiling fan in the family room and replace it with a gorgeous Pottery Barn light I got on sale.
And my kids are praying it warms up soon so we can test it out :) But with single digit temperatures I don’t think we will need it for a while!

I have convinced myself that living in Southern California (100+ temps for days on end in the summer), we need ceiling fans in every room. In the summer it keeps us cool, and in the winter it keeps the warm air from building up at the ceiling.
I have cute chandeliers and hanging lamps that I would totally trade for a ceiling fan in a heartbeat! Whether it is big or small, I think everyone should love their home and I don't think it takes a lot of money to make a space your own. I post tons of budget friendly projects and by subscribing, you'll never miss a single one! Here, we’ll show how to replace an old light fixture with a new ceiling fan and light, in a room with no attic above.
The best news: Replacing an existing light fixture with a fan is a simple, one-day task since the wiring is already in place. Swing the fan up into position against the medallion and secure it with the two canopy screws. I tried putting some force on the metal ring but it didn't seem to want to come and I am hesitant to accidentally rip the whole fixture out of the ceiling. To help release it, you can use a spray bottle to shoot vinegar - distilled white vinegar - into and above the edge of the ring. I've read that it may be the smart thing to do to put a timer on your bathroom fan, and on the fan I'm putting in I've picked up a timer switch for $12. I have searched and found instructions for newer flush mount light, where one pulls the whole thing down by the metal ring and it is held by spring clips -- but I am unsure if this one functions likewise.
And after visiting Florida this past fall with The Home Depot Foundation, I TOTALLY understand. Even though we have central air that is excellent at keep our house comfortable I do understand there are times when it is not hot enough to warrant having it run and it is nice to have a fan. It forces me to put in a 2 gang box for it, but what I'm doing for now is on a budget so I'm happy with it.

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