Paddle fans are a great way to keep cool; and when used properly, ceiling fans can save energy in your home.

To replace an existing light fixture with paddle ceiling fan:

  • Turn off the power to the light fixture at the circuit breaker or fuse box.
  • Unscrew the existing light fixture, and disconnect the wires.
  • Check the electrical box to make sure it can support the weight of the fan, and reinforce the box if necessary.
  • Attach the fan wires to the wiring in your house, following the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the fan.
  • Hang the fan motor on the ceiling hook.
  • Install the fan trim molding on the fan pipe near the ceiling.
  • Attach the fan blades to the arms on the fan motor.
  • Turn the power back on, and test the fan.

Watch the video above to find out more.


To install a ceiling fan, you must first be sure that the electrical box is sturdy enough to support the weight of the moving fan. Most start with a mounting plate that attaches to the electrical box. Often the plate has a hook to hang the fan motor on while you make the electrical connections according to the fan’s instructions.

Then you’ll mount the motor to the plate permanently before assembling the fan blades and attaching them to the motor. If a light kit is included, it will go on last, again wiring it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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