Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Installing a Light Fixture to Your Ceiling Fan

Wires Hanging From the Canopy

Adding a ceiling fan light fixture to your room will add beauty and an additional light source for your convenience. This procedure is not hard and well worth the effort. Make sure the power is off before you begin your project and observe all safety precautions listed in your light fixture kit.

  1. Adding a CEILING FAN LIGHT fixture is an easy project that should take no longer than thirty minutes to one hour at most. This is an easy procedure for anyone. Before working on anything electrical turn off the power at the switch or at the breaker box.
  2. Looking at the ceiling fan where the light fixture should be installed there is a cover plate. This plate is called a canopy. The canopy is mounted with screws on the side. Generally there will be two or three screws. This canopy also has a plastic cover in the center.
  3. Remove the side screws to release the canopy.
  4. Wires hanging from the center of the canopy If your new light fixture comes assembled, remove all glass. The center of the light fixture should have a tube with a nut and washers. Remove both the nut and washers and set aside.
  5. Remove the plastic cover on the center of the canopy and place the canopy on top of the light fixture where the little tube is located. The canopy should thread downward or slide down.
  6. Replace the washers and nuts back on the tube and tighten the canopy onto the light fixture. Tighten snugly, but do not over tighten. The new light fixture should be prewired with a switch and two loose wires, one black and one white with protective wire nuts at each end. The light fixture with the center tube should be hollow. Pass the two wires through this hollow tube and pull gently.
  7. On the ceiling fan where the canopy was attached you should be able to see the inner workings of the ceiling fan wires. There should be two wires, one black, and one white, that are loose and sometimes marked for light fixture. Pull these wires down. These wires should be insulated at the end. Remove the insulation cap. If there is no bare wire showing, use the wire strippers to remove 1/2 inch of insulation on each wire. Connect the white wires together and the black wires together. Twist the exposed wires and cap both sets of wires.
  8. Carefully tuck these wires back into the ceiling fan. Attach the canopy back on the fan and insert the screws. Gently tighten the screws, do not over tighten.
  9. Interesting ceiling fan light fixture Replace all glass covers on the light fixture and insert light bulbs of 60 watts or less. Be sure that all screws that tighten the glass covers are snug. Tighten only by hand. Connect an extension chain to the light switch and turn on the electricity. Restore power to the light switch or breaker and your ceiling fan light fixture should be fully functional.

1 comment:

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