Installing a Ceiling Fan Lighting KitMonday 14th July 2014 11:01am
Do you have a ceiling fan that doesn’t include a light, but now realise that you wish you had one? Well, I’ve got some good news for you. In many cases, you don’t have to buy an entirely new ceiling fan. Many of our fans are designed to work with DIY lighting kits. If you have a lighting kit-ready fan, then you’re golden. Because these kits are easy to install, you can do it yourself in very little time. I’ve compiled a list showing you basically what you need to do to install a lighting kit into your existing ceiling fan.
Of course, you’ll want to follow the directions for your specific fan. If you didn’t save them and they’re not included with the lighting kit, then you may be able to download them from the manufacture’s website. You can give us a call, as well; we might be able to find them for you. In some cases, the lighting kit may require professional installation.
If you are unfamiliar with how ceiling fans work, take a minute to do a little research – I’ve written in the past about how fans operate. Having a bit of prior knowledge about how ceiling fans are put together will make attaching your new light that much simpler.
How to Install a Light Kit
Installing the light kit is a straightforward process. Each kit will have its own set of instructions, so make sure you consult those, but here are some general steps that you will have to follow. This list will show you just how simple it is to install a light on your own, as long as your fan has been designed to work with one.
1. Turn off the power to your fan. Make sure you turn off the circuit breaker and not just the light switch.
2. Remove the switch cap on your fan. This is the piece on the body of the fan where you will attach the light. Set the screws aside somewhere secure.
1. Follow the instructions on the ceiling fan lighting kit for connecting the attachment.
2. Re-attach the pull chain pendent, if necessary.
3. Put the light bulbs in the proper place.
4. Install the glass shade. Make sure you attach it securely.
5. Restore the power to your fan at the circuit breaker, flip the switch and enjoy your new light! It’s that easy.
What Type of Kit to Buy
We sell several light kits through our website, but the type of kit you will need depends on what type of ceiling fan you have in your home. For example, the Hunter 3 Light Flush Mount DIY Ceiling Fan Light Kit will fit most Hunter ceiling fans. It comes with three glass shades and a Hunter pull cord. We also sell a universal lighting kit that can be used for almost any fan, but that must be installed by an electrician. Visit our website to see our entire selection.
Need help deciding what will work for your fan? Contact us! We’re happy to help you choose the right ceiling fan light kit. Remember, if your fan isn’t designed for use with a DIY lighting kit, then adding a light yourself will invalidate the warranty. In many cases, you will need to hire an electrician.
Adding a light to your existing fan can be easy and affordable. And, I am sure you will agree, having a light fixture attached to your fan will brighten any room, as well as adding a touch of style.