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10 Easy Pieces: Favorite Ceiling Fans

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10 Easy Pieces: Favorite Ceiling Fans

May 31, 2023

When the summer swelter moves in, we rely on ceiling fans as our first line of defense. (And they’re on in winter too, to keep the warm air circulating.) Here’s a roundup of our current favorites in steel and white or black acrylic, several with built-in lights.

the industry fan by the modern fan company in galvanized steel; \$5\10 at yligh 17
Above: The Industry Fan by the Modern Fan Company in galvanized steel; $510 at YLighting.
the schoolhouse hugh 5\2 inch led ceiling fan, shown in dark bronze, is \$399. 18
Above: The Schoolhouse Hugh 52 Inch LED Ceiling Fan, shown in Dark Bronze, is $399.
the embrace ceiling fan in white, black, and brushed nickel (shown) is \$439.98 19
Above: The Embrace Ceiling Fan in white, black, and brushed nickel (shown) is $439.98 at West Elm.
the lapa ceiling fan, designed by ron rezek, comes in three body finishes (show 20
Above: The Lapa Ceiling Fan, designed by Ron Rezek, comes in three body finishes (shown here in galvanized steel) and four blade colors; $450 at YLighting.
designed by giulio gianturco for boffi, the air fan is available with varnished 21
Above: Designed by Giulio Gianturco for Boffi, the Air Fan is available with varnished black and natural wood blades; to source in the US, contact Boffi.
the energy star–approved velo dc ceiling fan comes in nickel (shown) and 22
Above: The Energy Star–approved Velo DC Ceiling Fan comes in nickel (shown) and white; $575 at Design Within Reach.
the odyn 84 inch led ceiling fan matte black is \$799 at schoolhouse. 23
Above: The Odyn 84-Inch LED Ceiling Fan Matte Black is $799 at Schoolhouse.

the well priced 48 inch ceiling fan by emerson is available in brushed steel (s 24
Above: The well-priced 48-Inch Ceiling Fan by Emerson is available in brushed steel (shown) and white, and starts at $203.20 at Emerson.
the ball ceiling fan comes in white or brushed aluminum; \$490 at ylighting. 25
Above: The Ball Ceiling Fan comes in white or brushed aluminum; $490 at YLighting.

the schoolhouse zonix 5\2 inch led ceiling fan is \$509. 26
Above: The Schoolhouse Zonix 52 Inch LED Ceiling Fan is $509.

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N.B.: This post was originally published on May 27, 2015. We have updated it with new and additional product selections and current pricing.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of a ceiling fan?

Ceiling fans are used to circulate air in a room, creating a cooling effect by evaporating perspiration on the skin.

Are LED light ceiling fans energy-efficient?

Yes, LED light ceiling fans are highly energy-efficient as they consume significantly less power compared to traditional incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.

Can LED light ceiling fans be dimmed?

Many LED light ceiling fans come with dimming capabilities. However, it is important to check the specifications of the specific fan model to ensure it has this feature.

What is the average lifespan of LED bulbs in ceiling fans?

LED bulbs used in ceiling fans generally have a longer lifespan compared to traditional bulbs. On average, LED bulbs can last up to 20,000 to 50,000 hours.

Do LED light ceiling fans require special wiring?

LED light ceiling fans typically do not require special wiring. They can be connected and operated like any other ceiling fan with built-in lights. However, it is always recommended to follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.

Are LED light ceiling fans customizable?

Yes, many LED light ceiling fans offer customizable options such as adjustable speed settings, light intensity controls, and even remote control operation for convenience.

Can LED light ceiling fans be used outdoors?

Some LED light ceiling fans are specifically designed for outdoor use, with features like weather-resistant materials and blades. However, it is important to verify the suitability of the fan for outdoor use before installation.

Do LED light ceiling fans make noise?

Most modern LED light ceiling fans are designed to operate quietly. However, the amount of noise can vary depending on factors such as fan quality, speed settings, and installation.

What is the ideal size for a ceiling fan?

The ideal size of a ceiling fan depends on the room's dimensions. As a general guideline, rooms up to 75 square feet require a fan with a blade span of 29 to 36 inches, while rooms up to 400 square feet need fans with a blade span of 50 to 54 inches.

Are LED light ceiling fans easy to install?

LED light ceiling fans are generally easy to install, especially for those with existing wiring and ceiling fan support. However, if you are not comfortable with electrical work, it is advisable to hire a professional electrician for installation.

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