How to Install a Downrod Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan.
  • 2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-30
What You'll Need
Electric drill
Wire stripper
Paint (optional)

There are many benefits to a downrod ceiling fan as it can be used during all seasons. Once you have a workbox that will support the weight of the new fan, follow the simple steps below to connect the wires, attach the canopy and fan blades, and connect the fan lighting.

Step 1 - Feed the Wires

It is easiest to feed the wires through the downrod by holding it on the floor. The downrod is actually hollow and is made to hold the wires. Once the wires are through, you can thread the downrod onto the motor. Make sure the locking screw is tight. It is now possible to partially hook the canopy onto the ceiling plate or base.

Step 2 - Connect the Wires

Most rooms are wired following the detailed instructions. If your room is wired differently then you will need to speak to an electrician. You will want to connect the two green wires to the copper wire in the cable. Join together the two white wires and then attach the two black wires. To make sure the wires are tightly connected you can use connectors or solder the wires together. Normally the black wires are the power or hot wires and the white wires will be connected to a switch or another socket in the room.

Step 3 - Attach the Canopy

You can hook the canopy into place. There are several different types of canopies. A J hook is fairly common. You will hang the motor housing in the J hook while you are wiring the canopy. If you use a hanging frame then you will just need to hook the ball end of the downrod into its necessary place. If you do not have a place to hang the motor housing when wiring the fan it can be a good idea to have a helper. One person can hold the motor and the other can attach the wires.

Step 4 - Add the Fan Blades and Light

Each fan blade will attach to the fan using a blade iron. This is a bracket that holds the blades. You will need to secure each fan blade with a screw. If the downrod fan comes with a place for a light fixture then you can plug the fixture into place on the fan. Install the light bulb.

Step 5 - Match the Base

If you need to paint the base fin order for it to match your room then it is recommended that you paint the ceiling plate and base before installing the fan. You will not have to worry about painting the ceiling or having to tape over anything. Just remember to paint in a well ventilated area.


This can be very easy if the attic is directly over the ceiling fan as you can work from the attic and then hang everything below. If not, make sure you have a sturdy ladder to stand on when working. For a very secure and sturdy fan, use an electric drill for the screws. Just make sure you do not screw through any wires.