How to Replace a Light Fixture With a Ceiling Fan
Save heating and cooling costs by replacing an existing light fixture with an energy-efficent fan/light combination.
Use a drill and paddle bit to make a 1-1/2" hole to the bottom of the basket. If you decide on a plug-in application rather than a hardwire application, this will allow proper width for a plug to fit through the hole, then plug into an outlet.
Spaced about two inches from the pendant kit socket, cut through the white wire coating with multipurpose wire strippers.
Use multipurpose wire strippers to cut away wire coating to expose wires.
Slide exposed wire through galvanized metal conduit and ceiling canopy.
Insert cut socket and wire up into basket.
Use butt splices and multipurpose wire strippers to attach the socket portion and the long coated wire portion of the pendant kit together.
Use electrical tape to hold the two portions of the wire kit firmly together.
Unfurl rope from spool, then use a hot-glue gun to bind the end.
Cover galvanized metal conduit and canopy with rope using hot-glue gun and glue sticks. Because there is a pre-drilled screw hole in ceiling canopy, it’s best to wrap the canopy with rope after it’s been installed to the ceiling.
Screw light bulb into socket.
For a diffused look, consider adding a ready-made diffuser to the opening of the basket using finish screws and a drill. A do-it-yourself version can be made from a 24" x 24” sheet of acrylic cut with a jigsaw, then lightly sanded with fine-grit sandpaper.
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