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How To Add A Longer Ceiling Fan Downrod


ceiling fan downrodIf you have a cathedral ceiling, or even a sloped ceiling that requires a longer ceiling fan downrod, you have a little extra work to do. You can buy longer downrods at most home centers, but you will also need to buy extension wires for this as well. You can buy them separately, but many retailers sell a kit that includes everything you will need. The wires will be 14 gauge stranded wires.

You will need to connect the extension wires to the same colors as the fan’s wiring. Connect the black fan wire to the black extension wire with a small wire nut and then wrap that with black electrical tape. Do the same for the white neutral wires, and connect the blue wire to the wire for the light kit (if applicable). Also make sure you connect the ground wire.

Thread these wires up through the extension downrod and secure the downrod to the fan. Most will screw in, but some have a retaining clip and a setscrew. You can trim the extra wire to fit your needs, generally an extra 12 inches will work well.

Once you have the unit assembled, you can install the ceiling fan. Here is an article on how to install a ceiling fan.


This is a very easy project, we do this kind of all the time usually because the home owner does not have an A frame ladder that will get them up to the ceiling. The hardest part of dealing with a ceiling fan is to get it balanced. But the more You do the easier it gets.
Posted @ Sunday, October 31, 2010 5:12 PM by bill
odd, I thought almost all ceiling fans come with at least 6' of wiring. if your ceiling is higher than 15', then yes, you may need wire extensions, but a ceiling that high is beyond the skill/confidence of most do-it-yourselfers.
Posted @ Monday, May 02, 2011 7:56 PM by ceiling fans hawaii
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