This post has been sponsored by Wayfair, but all creativity, thoughts and photography are mine alone. If you are interested in learning about how to install a ceiling fan with a light, today’s post is for you 🙂
Have you been on the fence about installing a ceiling fan in your bedroom? We were — especially because we live in a rental home and weren’t 100% sure how easy it would be to install a ceiling fan with light. Turns out – it’s not bad – and has made all the difference in our bedroom.
How To Install A Ceiling Fan With A Light
Dane and I are naturally very hot sleepers, so we knew that when we moved into our rental home that did not feature a master bedroom ceiling fan, we would need to change that as soon as possible.
But then life got busy and we do have central air, so we sort of figured that would be enough.
We did dive into decorating (you might remember that we put up wallpaper and curtains from our master bedroom makeover post a couple years back), but after dragging our feet for the better part of two years, we decided it was finally time for a ceiling fan.
Installing A Ceiling Fan In Our Rental Home
Because our room already featured a round light, we knew we wanted a ceiling fan with a light and for it to be all white. There are so many options on Wayfair, but we ultimately chose this all-white 4-blade fan with light kit. We also live in a center townhouse, so the more light we can bring into our home — the better! Not sure this one is a good fit for you? Check out all of Wayfair’s ceiling fans with lights.
How To Install A Ceiling Fan
Before you get started – make sure your electricity in the room is turned off! This is so important to avoid any unnecessary injuries. It might also be helpful to grab a helper, because this project took two 🙂
The first step to getting our new fan installed was to remove the old fixture. Thankfully (or not thankfully) the fixtures put into military houses are really basic and cheap, so removing ours was pretty easy. All we had to do was unscrew the mounts and it popped right off.
Installing A Ceiling Fan
The fan we chose was very basic (fine by us – this is not our forever home!), so it didn’t come with a ton of parts, so the next step was installing the mounting bracket. This bracket helps to make sure that the fan is far enough away from the ceiling to circulate the air properly. Because we had an existing light fixture mount, this part was pretty straightforward. In the model we bought, this is all one piece and serves as the base of the fan.
The next step is probably the most important — connecting the wires to make sure the lighting works properly and the fan motor wiring is installed properly. Dane and I are handy, but we had our friend who is an electrician come over to check our work. I didn’t want to take any chances, especially because this isn’t a home we own. My worst nightmare is causing an electrical issue within the walls of our home. But – he checked our work and made sure everything was connected accurately!
Then, we attached our fan blades, put the dome on the light fixture and tested it out with the light switch (after turning the electric back on). It all worked!
I know it sounds kind of silly, but that first night sleeping under the ceiling fan was pure bliss. Our air conditioner is great, but it’s not cost or energy efficient to blast it all night when our bedroom really doesn’t get that cold thanks to a bunch of factors outside our control. The fan helps to better circulate the air, keeps us cooler and provides a little bit of white noise.
If you’ve been on the fence about doing a little DIY in your rental home, I cannot recommend it enough – seriously! This quick project has made all the difference in our sleep, even though we put it off for so long. I only wish we had done it sooner!