Ceiling Fan for Gazebo or Pergola
Outdoor structures like a pergola, gazebo or lanai that are not fully covered require a Wet Rated Ceiling Fan. Wet rated fans can be exposed directly to rain and can even be washed off with a hose. If your structure is completely covered and you are confident the fan will never get wet, you can choose a Damp Rated Fan even though wet rated are best. Read more about how to install a fan under a pergola, lanai or gazebo below. Use these links to shop for the right type of fan for your outdoor structure.
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Marine Grade Stainless Steel Pergola/Gazebo Ceiling Fan in White. Pergola photo from: Structureworks
Installation Details and Examples
Here are examples of how you can install a ceiling fan in an uncovered location such as a Pergola, Gazebo or Lanai. To install the fan properly, the canopy needs to be covered. The rest of the fan can be exposed directly to rain. In most cases, a box has been built with a junction box inside. This allows the fan canopy to mount flush to the bottom of the box. You can also mount the j-box to the bottom of a wide board and attach the canopy to the junction box, but there will be a gap between the j-box and fan canopy, but you cannot use this method for flush mount fans because the bracket needs to mount to a flat surface.
This is a great video showing how to install a ceiling fan using this special junction box.
Example #1: J-box is built into a box and the canopy of this 52" Quorum Estate
wet rated ceiling fan is flush with the bottom of the box.
Example #2: Flush mount fans like these two Minka Aire Concept II Wet
ceiling fans must have a box built big enough to cover the top of the fan.
Example #3: This example shows the junction box mounted to the bottom of a board.
Example #5: Another boxed in application
Example #6: j-box cut into bottom of board
Example #8: This is an example of how NOT to install an outdoor fan, particularly a flush mount fan. This can allow rain to get inside the motor and ruin the fan or short it out and cause a fire. See Wet Rated Flush Mount Outdoor Ceiling Fans
Example #9: The image on the left shows how the wiring inside the canopy would be directly exposed to rain if left installed this way. The solution was to build a box between the joists and relocate the position of the fan. The fan picture is the Minka Aire Gauguin Model F581-BG