Introduction

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Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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The popularity of ceiling fans continues to grow as more and more homeowners discover dramatic, year-round energy savings. In summer, ceiling fans create cooling breezes, which reduce the strain on air conditioners. In winter, they circulate heated air to keep the room warm.

Installing a ceiling fan is relatively simple, especially if the space above is accessible from an attic. However, even when it isn't, the job is still quite doable. 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 advantage of this approach is that you don't have to run new wiring. The fan connects to the existing cable from the old light.

Just remember, electrical boxes used for ceiling lights aren't strong enough to hold a ceiling fan. You must replace the existing electrical box with one designed for ceiling fans.
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    Tools List

    • wire strippers
      Wire strippers
    • nailset
      Nailsets
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • drill
      Drill
    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw
    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun

    Shopping List

    1. FAN-RATED 1/2-INCH-DEEP PANCAKE BOX

    2. MEDALLION

    made of rigid foam, not plaster, which may crack



    3. FAN BLADES

    4. FAN MOTOR

    5. LIGHT-FIXTURE HOUSING

    6. LAMP SHADES

    7. DOWN ROD, CANOPY, AND CEILING PLATE

    all included in fan kit



    8. REMOTE-CONTROL TRANSMITTER WITH 9V BATTERY

    9. TWIST-ON WIRE CONNECTORS

    10. CAULK OR SPACKLING COMPOUND

    for filling nail holes in medallion



    11. 6D FINISH NAILS

    for attaching medallion to ceiling



    12. LATEX PAINT OR ACRYLIC SPRAY PAINT

    to paint medallion; optional