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Tip For Changing a Light to a Ceiling Fan: Check Out Your Electrical Box First.

Updated: 10 hours ago

We installed another ceiling fan for a client in Duluth, Georgia. This client had tried installing it themselves at first, but realized the electrical box was not sufficient for the new fan. That’s when they contacted me. I talked to them about why fans need a properly rated heavy duty electrical box, not the builder grade light fixture box that was currently there. So, we changed that out too.

Installing Ceiling Fan | Knightly Electrical Services
Installing Ceiling Fan

Why Are Ceiling Fan Rated Electrical Boxes the Right Choice?

Ceiling fan electrical boxes that are UL-listed for mounting you fan, will say on the box: “For Use With Ceiling Fans.” It's not recommended that you use standard boxes for installing them. Having a UL-listed electrical box for your fan means it's built to work with the force that comes from a rotating fan.

Assembling Ceiling Fan | Knightly Electrical Services
Assembling Ceiling Fan

More Reasons to Use Ceiling Fan Rated Electrical Boxes:

  • Can hold up to 70 pound fans.

  • Come in different sizes and and shapes: including a 1/2-inch-deep "pancake" type and a standard 2-1/8 inch deep box.

  • Are usually round but can be octagonal

  • Cost more that standard electrical boxes

  • Can be mounted directly (with four screws) to a ceiling joist or wood blocking, or they can attach to adjustable braces spanning between ceiling joists.

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