How to Add a Ceiling Fan Light With a Kit

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    • 1). Turn the electrical power off to the ceiling fan by shutting off the breaker in the main electrical panel.

    • 2). Remove the light kit wire housing cover. This part is directly below the ceiling fan blades and is designed to hold a light kit. Remove the screws that are holding it in place and set the screws aside.

    • 3). Assemble your ceiling fan light kit according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    • 4). Attach your light kit to the light kit wire housing cover. Remove the knock-out plug from the very bottom of the wire housing cover; it pops out with a small amount of force. Thread the light kit wires through the knock-out opening. The light kit will either screw onto the light kit wire housing cover with a nipple at the top of the light kit, or the nipple will slip through the knock-out opening and a nut will screw onto the nipple to secure it in place. The nipple is a short piece of hollow pipe that is threaded on the exterior. The nipple is often used in lighting to allow wires to thread from one part of a lighting fixture to another and allows for two or more pieces of a fixture be secured together without the wires hindering the connections.

    • 5). Wire the light kit to the ceiling fan. The light kit will have two wires attached to it, a black and a white. Locate the two wires for the light kit connection inside the light kit wire housing at the bottom of the ceiling fan. The light kit connection wires will be labeled for a light kit and while one will be white, the other wire could be black, black with a white stripe or even blue; this is all determined by who manufactured the ceiling fan. Connect the white wire from the ceiling fan to the white wire on the light kit by twisting an orange wire nut onto both the wires. Connect the black wire from the light kit to the other wire labeled for the light kit from the ceiling fan and twist an orange wire nut onto the wires to connect them.

    • 6). Attach the ceiling fan light kit to the ceiling fan. The light kit wire housing cover will reattach with the screws you removed in Step 2.

    • 7). Verify that the light kit is wire is connected to the power supply wire in the ceiling fan electrical box. Remove the ceiling fan canopy from the hanger bracket on the ceiling. Check to see if the wire that is labeled for the light is connected with the power supply from the electrical box and the black wire connected to the ceiling fan motor. If these wires are connected, replace the canopy. If the wire for the light is not connected with the other two wires, simply remove the wire nut that is holding the two wires together and add the lighting wire to them by twisting the wire nut back onto the three wires. Replace the canopy.

    • 8). Turn the electrical power on to the ceiling fan by turning on the breaker in the main electrical panel.

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