Ceiling fans are great ways to make a room feel expansive, refreshing, and yes – like a home! Still, the idea of changing your lamp to a ceiling fan yourself can seem daunting. However, Cindy just did it at her house, and turns out, it’s actually surprisingly simple. Here’s ten simple steps to change a light to a ceiling fan. And if you want one just like Cindy’s, well, she put in the Kingsbridge style made by Hunter. Check it out here first, and you can check out all the styles for Hunter at hunterfan.com.
1 - How Big? Choose The Right Fan For YouThe larger the room, the larger the fan. Just measure the largest wall & use this handy guide. 12 feet = 36” blades, 15 feet = 52” blades, and inbetween? Yep! 42" blades
2 - Remove The Old LightRemember to cut off power to the old light - the best way to do this is to locate your fuse box and turn off the fuse that is connected to the light outlet. Then, carefully remove the old light.
3 - Install A Support BraceTo install an expanding metal brace, place the brace in the hole from the old light and fasten it into position until it is snug and secure. FYI: When you’re doing this, the brace’s arms are extending on the other side to press the ceiling firmly.
4 - Install The Mounting BracketWhat is a fan mounting bracket? It's what keeps the fan from touching the ceiling as it circulates the air. Most models come with its own mounting bracket, but if your model does not, you can buy a separate kit. Ours did, so we are continuing on.
5 - Connect The Fan Motor WiringFollow the manufacturer’s wiring instructions carefully as this step may vary. A good rule of thumb is to connect black to black "hot wires" and white to white "neutral wires."
6 - Attach the Fan’s BladesMake sure you have snugly secured each blade - taking your time here saves you in the long run and is a common mistake to avoid when installing your own ceiling fan. To check, gently push them up and down to make sure they don't wiggle.
7 - Attach the New Light FixtureNow that the motor and blades are installed, it's time for the crown jewel: the light fixture. If your model comes with a light fixture, just assemble it and then affix the glass dome or casing to the already hung motor which is ready to receive it.
8 - Hot Or Cold? Decide Which Way The Fan BlowsIf you’re underneath the ceiling fan in the summer time, run it in reverse (clockwise) to make the air blow upward behind you rather than bring the hot air (which rises) back down to you.
9 - Check It OutTurn on the power again and then try out both forward and reverse modes to make sure that it is doing what you need to do to get the job done.
10 - Take Care Of Your New Baby! How To Clean A Ceiling FanFor safety, tape down the fan’s switch so it's securely off. Lay a drop cloth or old sheets to protect floors and furniture. Diluted 2 tbsp vinegar with water and, standing on a stepladder, use a cloth to wipe the blades clean from center out. Voila! Good as new!