DIY Guide: How to Replace a Ceiling Fan with Light in 8 Simple Steps

Outdated ceiling fans with poor lighting are common in many homes. Replacing an old ceiling fan with a modern, energy efficient recessed LED fixture can significantly improve aesthetics and brightness. This DIY guide will walk through the 8 essential steps for replacing your ceiling fan with recessed lighting for a successful upgrade.

We’ll be installing the Rodec LED Inbouwspot, a high quality recessed LED fixture from Dutch lighting experts Rodec Lighting.

Why Choose Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting, also known as downlights or can lights, provide ambient illumination directed from above. Unlike ceiling fans, dedicated lighting fixtures distribute light evenly across a room. Recessed fixtures sit flush with the ceiling, creating a clean, integrated look.

Benefits of recessed LED lighting:

  • More aesthetically pleasing than ceiling fans
  • Distributes bright, even lighting across a room
  • Wide variety of trim styles to match any decor
  • Long lifespan and energy efficiency from LED technology
  • Improved safety since flush with the ceiling

Introducing the Rodec LED Inbouwspot

The Rodec Inbouwspot is an architectural grade recessed LED fixture made in Holland. With an aluminum housing, frosted glass trim, and integrated driver, it provides beautiful, functional lighting.

Key Features

  • Available in 4 trim sizes from 5 to 15 cm
  • Frosted glass for diffuse, glare-free illumination
  • Die-cast aluminum housing and trim ring
  • Integrated LED driver included
  • Beam angle of 24° to distribute light evenly
  • Color temperature of 3000K (warm white)
  • 17.2W power consumption

This durable, energy efficient fixture will provide high quality lighting and ambiance for years to come. Now let’s get into the installation.

Step 1: Turn Off Power & Test for Safety

Before removing your ceiling fan or doing any electrical work, you must turn off power to the circuit and verify it is completely disconnected.

  1. Locate the breaker powering the ceiling fan circuit and turn it to the OFF position.
  2. Use a non-contact voltage tester to confirm power is off and there is no dangerous residual voltage.
  3. If you have an existing ceiling fan or light, remove any bulbs or tubes and keep switches in the ON position. This allows you to retest for voltage after wires are disconnected.

Always test wires both before and after disconnecting existing fixtures to prevent electric shock!

Step 2: Remove the Ceiling Fan

With power disconnected and locked out, you can now safely remove the ceiling fan itself.

  1. Use a stepladder to access the ceiling fan. Have an assistant support the weight of the fan once released.
  2. Remove any trim pieces or decorative covers from the fan’s mounting bracket.
  3. Locate mounting bolts securing the ceiling plate and fan motor housing. Remove bolts and retain hardware.
  4. Carefully slide the fan unit along the mounting bracket to detach it from the ceiling. Keep electrical connections intact.
  5. Once supporting the fan weight, disconnect the wire connectors joining fan wires.
  6. Pass fan wires back through the ceiling electrical box and set fan aside.

Thoroughly inspect the existing electrical box next. This will dictate compatibility with the new recessed lighting.

Step 3: Install the Recessed Lighting Bracket & Box

With the ceiling fan removed, there will be an empty electrical box protruding from the ceiling. Rodec’s LED Inbouwspot requires a compatible mounting system and adequate box space.

Assess your electrical box:

  • Box depth must be at least 100 mm
  • Box width should be ≥175 mm round or square
  • Box must be securely anchored to structural framing
  • Box wires must be 14 AWG copper with ground

If your electrical box does not meet these specifications:

  1. Remove existing ceiling box following this guide
  2. Install new electrical box meeting minimum size requirements
  3. Ensure box is anchored firmly to ceiling joists

With an adequate electrical box installed, you can now mount the recessed lighting bracket.

  1. Attach Rodec’s galvanzied mounting frame centered in the electrical box with included screws
  2. Insert box adapter ring if needed for smaller box openings
  3. Affix threaded nipple sleeves through bracket into box

The mounting kit should now be firmly installed with threaded ends protruding. Next we’ll make the vital electrical connections.

Step 4: Connect the Recessed Lighting Wires

Connecting the new recessed lighting wires is a crucial step. Use the guide below to ensure proper electrical connections.

  1. Feed the black (live) and white (neutral) wires from the LED driver through the nipple into the electrical box.
  2. Connect the black wire from the Rodec Inbouwspot to the black (live) wire in the ceiling box with a wire nut.
  3. Connect the white wire from the Inbouwspot to the white (neutral) wire in the ceiling box.
  4. Join the grounding wires from both the Inbouwspot and ceiling box using a wire nut. Ensure no copper is exposed.
  5. Tuck connected wires neatly into the electrical box. Only ends of nipple sleeves should be protruding.

Check that all connections are tight and secure with no loose wires. We’re now ready to mount the fixture.

Step 5: Mount the Recessed LED Light

With wiring complete, mounting the Rodec Inbouwspot flush to the ceiling is straightforward.

  1. Push all wires into the electrical box so nipple threads are accessible.
  2. Pass the Rodec fixture base through the ceiling opening oriented correctly.
  3. Thread the fixture base onto the nipple sleeves until tight. Aim light beam direction as desired.
  4. Install trim ring flush to ceiling surface to conceal edges. Rotate to lock in place.

The Rodec Inbouwspot fixture should now be securely installed. Before restoring power, we’ll perform some safety checks.

Step 6: Verify Electrical Connections

Making mistakes in wiring can lead to serious hazards. Take the time to carefully check connections:

  • Inspect wire nuts to ensure tight, secure connections
  • Check that no bare copper wire is exposed
  • Confirm black (live) and white (neutral) wires are connected properly
  • Verify the ground wire path is continuous
  • Check that no wires are pinched or damaged

Use a non-contact voltage tester to confirm that power is still OFF before proceeding.

Step 7: Restore Power & Test Operation

With all safety checks complete, you can now restore power and activate the new recessed lighting.

  1. Turn ON the correct circuit breaker to provide power.
  2. Turn wall switch to ON position to activate the Rodec Inbouwspot.
  3. Verify fixture illuminates properly when powered.
  4. Function test installed lighting with wall switch to confirm proper operation.

Finally, let the new recessed lighting shine by turning wall switches ON. Enjoy your upgraded, energy efficient lighting!

Tips for Recessed Lighting Success

  • Choose LED trim styles that match your room decor
  • Install multiple fixtures evenly to distribute light
  • Include a dimmer switch to control brightness
  • Group wiring from multiple lights using wire nuts
  • Ensure adequate attic insulation coverage around can lights

You’ve now successfully completed a ceiling fan to recessed lighting upgrade! The Rodec Inbouwspot LED fixture offers years of attractive, energy efficient performance.