Hello - We would like to install a ceiling fan in our den which is
approx. 15 x 8. The problem we have is the ceilings are low, approx.
7.5 ft. and maybe lose another inch or so due to carpeting. My
question is can we safely install a ceiling fan with a ceiling that
low. Of course we would not be able to attach a light fixture to it,
but we would make up for that with some end table lamps in the room.
I understand there are certain types of "low Profile" ceiling fans,
but didn't know if these were for this kind of situation. I guess, is
there some standard height we should ensure the fan does not go below
to be safe or in compliance with any type of code. Thanks for all
your help. Regards.
Standard ceiling height is 8 feet, and lots of people suspend a fan from
that with no problems. If you look around, you'll find low profile fans
with lights built into the base. I put one in our bedroom a couple of
houses back. It had a glass base with chandelier lights inside -- this
was above the blades. They were supposed to be a sort of night light. It
also had a typical light fixture below the blades. The only problem was
that the turning blades made the upper lights appear to flicker, so we
never used them.
A six-inch difference in height won't make much difference unless your
people are unusually tall. To make things safer, put a coffee table
under the fan.
Most fan manufacturers recommend a minimum fan height of 7'. If you can
maintain a minimum of 6'-8" to the lowest part of the blades, you should be
safe, but some locals have adopted ordnances with minimums higher than that.
(Might want to give them a call just to be covered.)
The only national code requirement I'm aware of is over swimming pools
(7'-6" min), spas and hot tubs (varies from 7-6" to 12').
You could also check with your insurance company to see if they have any
restrictions (after all, they are the ones who are going to pay the hospital
bills when some neighbor kid stands on the coffee table under the fan and
jumps up to touch it.)
If you get below 7' consider removing the fan should you ever decide to sell
your home to prevent a possible source of liability from following you. As
most fan manufacturers recommend 7', should an injury occur after you sell,
and you mounted it under the recommendations, you could be held libel for
One thing to watch is the outlet box you intend to mount the fan to. The
outlet box must be listed specifically for paddle fans are limited to fans
weighting no more than 70 lbs. If the box was designed for fans that weigh
more than 35 lbs., the box must also include the maximum weight is was
designed for. You can also use a regular (unmarked) box if the fan is
suspended independently of the box.
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