0

I have an existing ceiling fan with a light fixture that I would like to replace with track lighting and spot lights. For this purpose, I have bought the "TROSS" ceiling track lighting from Ikea

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80262663/

The problem is: it doesn't exactly fit the space at ceiling fan after I have removed the preexisting light fixture. (see photo)

enter image description here my question is: is there a standard way to install track lighting on preexisting ceiling fans?

2
  • Do you really want the track sticking out from the fan, or do you simply want the track to be controlled by whatever would control the fan's light kit? Nov 11 '18 at 20:17
  • @ThreePhaseEel I don't mind the track lighting stick outside of the ceiling fan because the spot lights make the room much prettier. I was thinking about a floor lamp that is controlled by the wall switch, but I don't think that I have a wall socket that is controlled by the switch, plus my room the cluttered enough and I don't want to have yet another thing placed on the floor. installing the track light beneath the ceiling fan would solve my problem perfectly.
    – yigal
    Nov 11 '18 at 20:23
3

That would be "altering the fan". Fans aren't standardized.

What you've done is disassemble the portion of the ceiling fan where the lamp(s) hang down from below the blades. Those parts of a ceiling fan are not standardized and are totally proprietary to that fan's make and possibly its model. Nothing will bolt to that, except spare parts for that fan, or other fixtures made by that fan's manufacturer which they have sent to Underwriter's Laboratories to have tested and listed for retrofit.

The reason testing/listing is important, and you shouldn't just jack-rig any old thing, is that fans vibrate. A lot. The new thing would need to be tested not only to not fall apart itself from the vibration, but also for its attachment point to be durable. The Ikea item is not tested or listed for that extreme use, and so, you'd have liability problems if your hack was discovered to be at fault for fire or injury.

Generally the more an item extends out from the fan hub, the more the vibration will affect it, so track lighting is a worst case scenario.

The "standard" attachment point is the one the fan is attached to. So you would have to remove and dispose of the fan, and use the Ikea kit instead.

There are proper ways to extend wiring off a ceiling junction without altering the ceiling itself. But the fan adds a big wrinkle: any such kit involves shifting the fan downward an inch or two. You must assure it properly supports the dynamic weight of the fan, with vibration factored in.

1
  • thanks for the voice of reason. I'll try to find a wall lamp ..
    – yigal
    Nov 12 '18 at 15:58

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.