Adding on a Monte Carlo light kit is a good idea, when you want to have your fan illuminate an area. Perhaps the room you have installed the fan into is a darker room, or perhaps you are purchasing a light kit with the fan for that same reason. Keep in mind that at different times of the year as well, you will get more sun or less sun into the room. In winter time in many places in the world, there is less sun and the room is darker.
You may think, "oh, I don't need a fan with a light kit," it's often great to have one. A ceiling fan is exactly in the right spot, being so high up, to illuminate the entire room easily. In this, ceiling fans often serve more than one purpose.
Generally, the light kit can be turned on and off with the remote - if you purchase the light kit with the fan. It's best to buy a fan that comes integrated with a light kit. If you try to add the light kit onto the fan later on, it can be more of a hassle. In this regard, this is why we recommend to purchase a fan that comes with the light kit already pre-installed at the factory.
Adding on a Monte Carlo Light Kit to an Existing Ceiling Fan
If you would like to add a light kit onto a Monte Carlo fan that is already mounted, you will need to ensure you are mounting a compatible light kit. A light kit from Hunter or another manufacturer probably won't work. You need to read up on your fan, do some research and determine what light kits are compatible with your fan. You also need to think of how you will control that light kit. You may need to buy a new remote, or even a new receiver to work with the new remote. Sometimes, remote and receiver kits are available, where both parts come together.
Adding on a light kit certainly is a good idea, again just consider that the light kit you mount is compatible. If you are not sure, read into the description of the light kit to see if the product listing or description talks about which fans the light is compatible with. Another way to verify this, is to refer to the instructions that came with your fan. There may be a parts list of different light kits, that Monte Carlo recommends as a light kit that will interface with your existing ceiling fan.
Purchasing a Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan with a light kit as opposed to adding one on later
It is often a less expensive and simpler venture to purchase a new fan that simply comes with a light kit, as opposed to trying to add one onto an existing fan. In terms of the cost, you will tend to spend less money by purchasing a fan with a light kit as opposed to adding one on. This can be looked at from a variety of different viewpoints. If you do not have the technical know how to do the electrical work yourself, you can try to read and do it yourself. However, if you still don't feel confident, then you'll likely wind up paying more to an electrician than simply purchasing one with a light kit in the first place.
Another thing to consider is adding on a light kit means you need to modify the fan - you need to touch the wires, open up the housing, etc. This means you can spend more time simply updating or upgrading the fan, as opposed to again originally buying a fan with a light kit. Certainly worth considering.
For those who have ample time and or money, then we suppose you can go right ahead in purchasing a fan with or without a light kit - but who falls into that category today anyways, right?
How to install a ceiling fan light kit
- Disconnect the power which is running to the ceiling fan, by way of turning off power at the circuit breaker,
or removing the required fuse which runs the circuit
- Turning off power to the fan from a light switch is not enough, you need to make sure it's off at the panel or you do run
the risk of getting electrocuted from working on a hot circuit
- Remove the set screws at the switch housing, keep those screws as you will need them later.
- Unplug and remove the housing that is under the fan
- Remove the tap from the bottom of the switch housing
- Thread the lead wires that are connected to the fixture through the central hole in the switch housing
- Install the switching housing onto the light fixture; secure by turning clockwise until there is a tight connection