sorry if this info has posted before, but i didn't see it anywhere...
first time installing a ceiling fan, which i am using to replace the current light-only fixture (1 switch). your how-to article was very well done--but i still have a couple questions.
1- there was a plate that looks similar to your 'pancake plate' under the old light. could it be fine to use for the fan, or it just looks similar and still needs to be replaced?
2- i was successful in connecting the color-coded wires to each other, (tho the house had a red instead of the blue from the fan, but i did connect those) but the fan worked and the bulb barely lit up. a friend suggested current wiring may not be able to support 2 functions. is it possible to work around that, or is this a professional job (in which case I am sticking with the old light!).