Step 1: Remove the existing light fixture

Removing a light fixture before installing a ceiling fan
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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Make sure electricity to circuit is turned off and carefully remove the glass shade or globe from the old light fixture.

Unscrew the retaining nut or screws that hold the fixture to the ceiling.

Lower the fixture and disconnect the wires by twisting off the plastic connectors from the ends of the wires.

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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