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Ceiling Fans for a Pergola or Gazebo

Gazebo Fan
Updated: 7/9/2020

If you plan to install a ceiling fan in a Gazebo, Pergola or Lanai, you must install a wet rated fan. The fan must be properly wired to a weatherproof junction box where the canopy of the fan is protected from water. The most common mistake people make in this application is to leave the canopy exposed to rain. This page will show you several examples right and wrong way to do it.

Top Rated Fans for a Gazebo or Pergola

Here are the 3 fans we recommend the most for a Gazebos and Pergolas that are directly exposed to the elements. These fans are made from 316 marine grade stainless steel to best resist corrosion from acidic rain, air pollution (sulfur dioxide) or salt air near the ocean. Each model is available in several finishes.

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Installing a Ceiling Fan Under a Deck or Pergola

This is a great video showing how to install a ceiling fan using this special junction box.

Examples of Ceiling Fans in Uncovered Wet Locations

Below are several 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.

Uncovered outdoor locations like these require Wet Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Ceiling Fan in Pergola - Example 1 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.
Ceiling Fan in Pergola - Example 2 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.
Ceiling Fan in Pergola - Example 3 Example #3: This example shows the junction box mounted to the bottom of a board.
Ceiling Fan in Pergola - Example 4 Example #4: Here's an attractive box built to hang for this Traditional Outdoor Ceiling Fan in Bronze.
Ceiling Fan in Pergola - Example 5 Example #5: Another boxed in application
Ceiling Fan in Pergola - Example 6 Example #6: j-box cut into bottom of board
Ceiling Fan in Pergola - Example 7 Example #7: j-box cut into bottom of circular board. See similar Lantern Ceiling Fans.
Ceiling Fan in Pergola - Example 8 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
Ceiling Fan in Pergola - Example 9 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.
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