How to Remove the Light Kit and Cover Plate From a Ceiling Fan

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How to Remove the Light Kit and Cover Plate From a Ceiling Fan
Change the way your fan looks by removing the light kit (ceiling fan image by Adrian Hillman from

Removing the light kit from a ceiling fan can change the way you light a room. Without a light kit, the fan becomes less obtrusive and lets you change the decor in the room without having to take the ceiling fan into consideration. You can also change the look of the ceiling fan by replacing the light kit with something more fitting to the decor of your home. Whatever your reason for removing the light kit, you can do it without removing the ceiling fan from the ceiling.

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Things you need

  • Safety goggles
  • Stepladder
  • Screwdriver
  • 1/2-inch knockout plug
  • Orange wire nuts
  • Electrical tape

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  1. 1

    Cut the electrical power to the ceiling fan by turning off the breaker in the electrical panel.

  2. 2

    Remove the ceiling fan cover plate by removing the screws that attach it to the ceiling fan. The cover plate covers the light kit wire housing located at the very bottom of the ceiling fan, beneath the fan blades. The light kit attaches to the ceiling fan cover plate and removing the cover plate from the ceiling fan will expose the light kit wiring.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the ceiling fan light kit. The light kit will be attached by a black wire and a white wire from the light kit to black and white wires from the ceiling fan. Remove the wire nuts by untwisting.

  4. 4

    Cap off the bare white and black wires from the ceiling fan. Place an orange wire nut onto the black wire from the ceiling fan. Tape the wire nut to the black wire with electrical tape to hold it securely in place. Cap off the white wire from the ceiling fan in the same manner as the black wire.

  5. 5

    Remove the ceiling fan light kit from the cover plate. The light kit will thread through a knockout in the bottom of the cap. It is held onto the cap by a nut on a threaded nipple. Remove the nut and slide the nipple out of the cap. Plug the knockout with a ½-inch knockout plug. The knockout plug is originally provided with the ceiling fan but can be purchased at a lighting store should you no longer have yours.

  6. 6

    Replace the ceiling fan cover plate onto the ceiling fan with the screws you removed in step 2.

  7. 7

    Restore electricity to the ceiling fan by turning on the breaker in the electrical panel.

Tips and warnings

  • Always make sure the electricity is off where you are working to avoid electric shock.

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