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Can you add a ceiling fan to an installed recessed lighting grid?

Our bedroom has 4 recessed lights in the ceiling that form the perimeter of a 6x6 square. I would like to install a ceiling fan in the middle but it would require me to install a new wiring box. Is it possible to tap into the wiring my recessed lights run off of to run my ceiling fan? Or do i need to run all new wiring to my panel? Thanks in advance for your experiences and help.


If you've never done electrical I would hire a pro. You need a switch for the fan and I am assuming that the fan will require more power than you have up there. How did you plan on supporting the electrical box the fan hangs from? Most suspended ceiling cannot support the weight and torque the fan produces. This means hanging from the ceiling which gets real tricky real fast. Plus you will need a line to the panel. Do you really want to do all this? The tools you will need probably will cost more than an electrician would charge. I have years of experience and because this involves so much work, I would probably opt for a day on the beach and let someone else sweat the details.
Apr 14, 2017
Recessed Light Fan
Apr 14, 2017
A ceiling fan REQUIRES a switch which will entail running a line between it and the fan. The fan also REQUIRES a box capable of supporting a minimum of 35 lbs. You'd be money ahead to hire an electrician.
Apr 14, 2017
No , you cannot do that , you will be arrested and put in jail if anyone ever finds out what you have done.
Apr 14, 2017

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