Nowadays, ceiling fans with light fixtures are more popular. Ceiling fans with light fixtures are installed for a whole lot of reasons as room lightening or decoration... Just like other bulbs in your home, bulbs in ceiling fan light fixtures get burned out with time. Before you get a bulb for your ceiling fan, it is important to look at the purpose that it serves. Unfortunately, not many people know the type of bulbs that they should get for their fans. However, depending on the role that the light fixture plays in your home, there are several types of ceiling fan light bulbs on the market. Below, we will look at how to choose light bulbs for your ceiling fan
Types of bulbs in the market
Before going out to shop for a ceiling fan light fixture bulb, it is important to identify the type of bulb that it uses. Selecting the right bulb ensures proper color temperature, ease of use and the right visual appeal. Below, we will look at the different types of light bulbs and their features:
- LED bulbs. LED bulbs are the latest introduction in the lighting industry. These types of bulbs not only consume less energy when compared to their traditional alternatives but also, last longer. A typical LED bulb can last for over 25000 hours. Since they are long lasting, LED bulbs are ideal for ceiling fans that are hard to reach. For example, you can fit a LED bulb on a fan that is installed on a high ceiling. This is to reduce inconveniences that come with changing a bulb at that height. However, you need to note that LED bulbs are more expensive than other types of bulbs on the market. you can find dimmable LED lights in the market
- Halogen bulbs. Halogen bulbs are the other types of bulbs that you can install in your ceiling fan light kit. The bulbs consume 15% less energy when compared to incandescent bulbs. The good thing is that they produce a warm light that is ideal for both your living and dining rooms. Moreover Halogen bulbs are good for dimmable.
- Compact fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs consume about 75% less energy than their equivalent incandescent bulbs. They also have longer life than halogen bulbs but cannot match that of LED lights.
- Incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are the more traditional forms of bulbs that have been in use for decades. Unfortunately, these types of bulbs not only consume the most amount of energy, but also, have the shortest life when compared to the other bulbs on this list. With the right dimming tool however, you can be able to change the mood in the room as needed
How to Choose Light Bulbs for Ceiling Fan
Below are what you need to consider when choosing ceiling fan light bulbs
Is your ceiling fan light kit the main source of light in your room?
Although there are people who use light fixtures on their ceiling fans as the main source of light for the entire house, it is advisable to have other light units. This is because there is no light fixture that can do it all in your home. You can supplement your ceiling fan light with other task lighting units such as standing lamps and table lamps. Such lights can be helpful when reading, writing and doing other activities. However, if it is not possible to get additional light sources due to either budget or design reasons, you can just do with the existing ceiling fan light fixture. However, you need to make sure that you can get the maximum illumination from your ceiling fan.
In this case, you need to look at the lumen output of the bulb that you are looking to purchase. If it is anything less than 800, it will not be enough to illuminate your room adequately. If your ceiling fan is the sole source of light for your room, you need to get something that is bright enough. Therefore, go for a bulb with more than 800 lumens which is sufficient for carrying out different tasks in the room.
The advice is you have to choose the ceiling fan which have light kit that it can be controlled separated with the ceiling fan. In case sometimes you only need the light, and don't need the fan work at that time.
Is your ceiling fan light a compliment to other light fixtures in the room?
If your ceiling fans light fixture is only meant for general lighting purposes or an extra source of light, you can go with a dimmable bulb. A dimmable bulb is a good feature especially when you have other bright sources of light in the room. With it, you can adjust the light intensity to get the mood that you wish. Also, when you are looking for little light in the room, you can just turn on the ceiling fan light and dim it. You can get dimmable bulbs in LEDs, incandescent, CFL and halogens.
Is your ceiling fan installed on a high ceiling?
If your ceiling is set on a high ceiling, you need to choose your ceiling fan light bulb wisely. In this case, you require a bulb that will not only provide quality illumination, but also not burn out for a long time - you just set it and forget it. You should therefore find an efficient bulb with a long life. Just check for the ‘rated life’ on the bulb product that you are considering.
The best option for this would be a LED bulb. However, this kind of bulb will cost you more money upfront but on the other hand; they offer a ‘rated life’ of up to 25000 hours. In addition, the bulbs do not actually burn out but progressively become they dim over time. This gives you a leeway to find a new replacement. You can also go for CFLs that sell at a significantly lower price than LEDs. However, CFLs do not last as long as LEDs.
Is your ceiling fan light for decoration?
Ceiling fans play an important role in decorating a home. If your ceiling fan is the focal point of your room but has bare light bulbs, you may want to make them more attractive. Therefore, find a bulb with a visually appealing shape.
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Consider the base of your light fixture
Since you now understand the basics, it is time to look at the base of the light fixture. Most ceiling fan light fixtures come with either a candelabra or intermediate base. The intermediate base resembles that of the typical table lamp or floor lamp. On the other hand, candelabra lamps are smaller and are typically found in chandeliers.
Warm shade or Cool shade?
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This is one of the option you need to consider. Some one like the warm shade light, some one is not. Or some room need to use the Blue Cool shade light as working place, and bed room usually need Warm shades light. The shades of light bulbs show in Kelvin number. The smaller K number, the light will be more Yellow Warm shade, and the bigger K number, the light will be more Blue Cool shade. You can refer below to choose the light shades for your ceiling fan.
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How to choose the bulb's Watts?
It will depend on what type of bulb you going to use, the purpose of using and how many bulb you use on your ceiling fan. If your ceiling fan is the main light source in your room, so it should be higher Watts. If your ceiling fan's light kit only for decoration, choose the lower ones. Some ceiling fans use combination many small lights, they also need small Watts. If you only want to replace the old burned light bulbs, then find the same shape, same Watt. If you want to change bulbs for purpose please consider below table to have more idea for choosing the one you need.
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We hope that with the above information, you can be able to choose the right bulb for your ceiling fan. However, never forget to clean the light bulb, fixture and the fan blades frequently. This is because ceiling fans with light fixtures accumulate a lot of bugs, dust and debris.