How to Hook Up a Ceiling Fan With a Light


Ceiling fans are often installed in place of existing ceiling light fixtures. This creates a problem if the ceiling light was the only light in the room, which is why many fans come with built-in lights. Wiring a ceiling fan light isn't complicated but it's different from wiring a non-lighted fan, for which it's a simple matter of attaching the black and white wires. The light current in a fan is identified by a blue wire, which attaches to the black (``hot'') wire from the house, along with the black wire from the fan that feeds the motor.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Screwdriver
  • Ceiling fan
  • Wire nuts
  • Turn off the electricity to the existing ceiling light fixture at the house fuse box.

  • Remove the screws holding the fixture to the electrical box in the ceiling. Pull the fixture down far enough to access and disconnect the wires. Pull it away completely so the wires are left hanging from the box. There will be a black wire, a white wire and a copper grounding wire.

  • Hold the mounting bracket for the fan up against the electrical box. Line up the screw holes. Screw the provided screws through the holes. The wire ends should still be accessible through the bracket.

  • Twist the copper ground wire from the electrical box around the green grounding screw on the bracket.

  • Put the fan unit together, without installing the blades.

  • Hold the fan at the top of the ladder, by the electrical box. Connect the white wire from the fan unit to the white wire from the electrical box, twisting a wire nut over both of them to make the connection.

  • Use a second wire nut to connect the black wire from the box to the black and blue wires from the fan. Twist the nut over all three wires at once. Make sure they're securely connected.

  • Raise the fan unit to the ceiling, pushing the wire connections up into the electrical box as you do. Attach the fan housing to the mounting bracket, using the screws it came with. Turn on the power. Test the fan motor and the light. Install the fan blades as instructed.

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