Attaching a Ceiling Fan


Although a ceiling fan is a complex fixture with lots of parts, each step of installation is fairly simple. The most challenging task is assembling the parts in the right order.

Make sure the ceiling box is fan-rated and firmly attached to framing.

If there is three-wire cable (with black, white, red, and ground wires) from the fixture box to the switch box, you can install a standard fan/light switch.

With two-wire cable use one of the following means of controlling the fan and the light:

-- Let the wall switch control both the fan and the light; turn one or the other off using the fixture's pull-chain switches.
-- Install a fan with a built-in wireless remote control or add a wireless remote to the fan.
-- Purchase a fan that has a special switch that controls fan and light functions through a two-wire cable.


About 4 hours to install a ceiling fan and switch

Screwdriver, drill, strippers, voltage tester, lineman's pliers, nonconducting ladder

Stripping wire, splicing stranded wire to solid wire

Spread a drop cloth on the floor below; position a ladder

Ceiling fan, screws, wire nuts, electrician's tape

Step 1

Test that there is no power in the box. Secure the fan's mounting bracket to the ceiling fixture box with screws. If rubber washers are provided, be sure to install them between the bracket and the box.

Step 2

Slide the downrod through the canopy, slip on the yoke cover, and pull the wires through. Attach the downrod to the motor housing with the hanger pin and retaining clip.

Step 3

Carefully lift the assembled fan and hook the ball-like end of the downrod into the mounting bracket. Avoid having wires getting caught between the brackets and the end of the downrod. This ball-and-socket arrangement lets the fan unit swing slightly.

Step 4

Wire the fan. The black lead controls the motor and the blue or striped lead controls the light. If you have two-wire cable, splice both to the black house wire. Splice the white lead to white wire and connect the grounds.

Step 5

Fold the wires into the box. Push the canopy against the ceiling and secure it to the mounting bracket with the provided setscrews. Screw a fan bracket onto each fan blade. Attach each fan bracket to the underside of the motor. Make sure all the screws are tight.

Step 6

Remove the plate on the bottom of the fan and wire the light kit. The model shown here uses plug-together connectors. Some fans require that wires be spliced.

Step 7

Tuck the wires into the housing and push the light kit onto the fan. Tighten the screws to secure it. Install the lightbulb(s) and globe.

Step 8

In this arrangement a standard single-pole switch turns the fan and the light on and off at the same time. To turn one or the other off, use the fan?s pull-chain switch. Avoid installing a standard dimmer for a fan -- it damages the fan.

Wireless Remote Control

A wireless remote-control fan/light switch controls both the fan and the light from anywhere in the room. It has two parts. Wire the receiving unit according to its instructions and tuck it inside the canopy. The sending unit is battery-powered.

Fan Switch Options

If you installed a fan only, with no light kit, a push-button fan control operates the fan at different speeds. With more expensive ceiling fans, switches are available that have separate controls for the fan and the light, though they require only two-wire cable.

What If There Is a Three-Wire Cable?

A two-wire cable brings power to the switch and three-wire cable runs from the switch to the fixture box. Splice the black lead on the switch to the black incoming power wire. Splice the switch light lead to the hot wire from the lamp and the switch fan lead to the hot wire from the fan. Splice the white wires together and connect the grounds.

Fan Light Options

Many types and styles of fan lights are available. Most often they are purchased separately from the fan.

Comments (12)
xiehui14236 wrote:

very useful! There are more useful informations here!

6/19/2017 09:11:08 PM Report Abuse
touisfahmedhonn wrote:

very nice

11/20/2014 11:03:43 PM Report Abuse
ionu60 wrote:

how to ci\onnect the wires

9/8/2010 11:15:36 AM Report Abuse
ionu60 wrote:

blue black wh8ite green wires

9/8/2010 11:14:03 AM Report Abuse
one-r wrote:

Some manufacturers (Hunter for example) now recommend the fan mounting plate be screwed directly into the joist. I did so with my last installation and it worked fine. I drilled holes through the metal box and into the joist with the 9/64 bit after mocking up the pan and marking where the holes needed to be. After put up the plate, it was easy to feel how much more secure it is.

8/18/2010 03:42:26 PM Report Abuse
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