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Old 07-06-2011, 03:00 AM   #1
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Want a ceiling fan, but...

My bedroom ceiling has no existing fixture/wiring to put one up there. There is a closet light in the bedroom I was wondering if I could tap into to get power to the fan. Does it violate any codes? And speaking of code, is there any particular way to run the new wiring? I know it would need to be fastened to the joists somehow, but would it be on top of the joists or sides??? I don't plan to have a light switch connected to this fan on the account I'd have more work to do. I called a few handyman/electricians, but they want $200 to $400 to do what seems like a simple task.

I used a stud finder to locate the joists over my bedroom. They do appear to be 1 1/2" thick and 16" apart from each other. I can't get into the attic right now because I don't have a ladder tall enough. But it is possible.
Here's some pictures of my bedroom ceiling and closet.


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Old 07-06-2011, 04:04 AM   #2
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You might be in luck if you have a constant source of power in your light junction box. I suspect you do since you have a pull chain to turn the light on and off. All you would need to do is run a properly sized cable between the existing box and the new fan rated support box. I would secure to the sides of the joist so someone does not step on the cable.

BTW, those open bulb fixtures are no longer allowed in closets due to being a fire hazard. Stuff can be piled up or fall onto the bulb and ignite.

Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:11 PM   #3
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I'll find a different type of fixture for the closet. There are so many of these in the house.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:28 PM   #4
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Flaming attic of flame! But I managed to do it.

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