ceiling fan light fixture

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Old 01-28-02, 01:54 PM
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ceiling fan light fixture

I want to switch light fixtures on a ceiling fan that just cost me $100 to install. I've done this before, but don't think it is possible on this fan. I would need a wire box cover with a hole in the center and two holes toward the edge to connect the new light fixture. Do you think there is such a thing? Has anyone made special adjustments to a ceiling fan, so they could change the light fixture? I looked on my lunch hour today and asked someone at the store, but I'm never confident about how much these people know. Maybe I should ask at an Ace or True Value hardware store. They seem more knowledgeable.
 
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Old 01-28-02, 03:21 PM
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I have done this on a number of fans. Your current light fixture is already mounted in the
wire box cover with a hole in the center
that you are looking for (unless you have a really oddball fan). The existing light fixture will unscrew from this cover. You can then buy a different fixture, screw it into the cover, reconnect the wires, and reattach the cover to the fan. Even if you don't already have a light, most fans can accept a light kit (the hole in the cover usually has a plastic plug in it).

Note that (1) the new fixture needs to be designed for ceiling fan use for this to work and (2) you have fewer potential problems if you stick to light fixtures that are the same brand as your fan (although I've crossed brands in the past).

My local Home Depot has a whole side of one aisle devoted to ceiling fan light fixtures.
 
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