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carmenobrien
Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?

We have a bedroom ceiling light with a pull chain that needs to be replaced. There are very few fixtures available with pull chains and most look like closet fixtures. I noticed there were many more good looking fan lights with pull chains. Can the light kit be adapted to use as a ceiling fixture?

dj1
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?

Sure you can, just don't connect the fan wire to the hot, if you only want to use it for the beautiful light fixture.

carmenobrien
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?

Thank you!

Mastercarpentry
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?

While it should work, most of the light kits I've seen won't cover the opening of a standard box so you may have to figure a way around that. A drilled blanking cover will work but ain't very pretty. Just be sure to cover the openings- it's code and for a good reason.

Phil

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?

The canopy/cover must fully cover the ceiling box or it will not pass inspection. Most fan light bases are smaller than would cover a 4" round box.
Casey

John freeman
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?

There is no way to do it without code violations. If someone asked me to do it as a professional I would refuse. However if it were my house I would be able to jury rig a safe installation.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?
John freeman wrote:

There is no way to do it without code violations. If someone asked me to do it as a professional I would refuse. However if it were my house I would be able to jury rig a safe installation.

I can't see any code violations here so long as the basics are properly covered- bulb wattage within spec, box fully covered, mounting secure, and connected properly. If I'm wrong then quote the code and educate me, but don't discourage DIY'ers without a very good reason.

Phil

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?

True, you can use a plain metal 4" box cover and drill/tap the necessary holes and it will be kosher; ugly as sin, but code-compliant.
Casey

Condoman
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?

I have seen round white metal covers in the big box stores that would look better than the normal box cover and they are over sized.

Fencepost
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?

You might be able to modify a standard light fixture by installing a pull chain switch in the canopy where it attaches to the junction box.

As for using a fan light, I don't believe there is any way to adapt it using off-the-shelf parts without some modification. Sure, you can modify another electrical box cover for the purpose, but that will nullify its UL listing, and some inspectors won't approve the use of modified parts. (The UL listing is only valid for an unmodified device used as the manufacturer intended.)

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Can you adapt a fan light as a ceiling light?
Fencepost wrote:

You might be able to modify a standard light fixture by installing a pull chain switch in the canopy where it attaches to the junction box.

As for using a fan light, I don't believe there is any way to adapt it using off-the-shelf parts without some modification. Sure, you can modify another electrical box cover for the purpose, but that will nullify its UL listing, and some inspectors won't approve the use of modified parts. (The UL listing is only valid for an unmodified device used as the manufacturer intended.)

Point taken, but they make 4" round box covers with knockouts for conduit, so he could legally use one of those.
http://www.garvinindustries.com/electrical-box-covers/4-round-octagon-box-covers/flat-covers-for-use-with-or-without-electrical-devices/54c6-r
Casey

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