Using Fans with Light Kits
Our expert, Randall Whitehead, IALD, says there's no need for a fan to stand on its own.
 
I’m seeing so much more choice in ceiling fan styles these days, and in my climate, my customers appreciate the airflow fans provide. Would you ever advocate a ceiling fan with a light kit (or integrated light) as a replacement for a decorative fixture in a room? Are there rooms/situations where this works better than others?
Frankly, I like a fan to be a fan. Once it has a lighting component, then your eye is drawn to something whose main purpose is to move air around. That being said, I love fans. They can replace air conditioning for much of the year and are energy-efficient as well. In a rectangular-shaped room, I would prefer to flank a center fan with a pair of pendants or use a pair of fans flanking a center chandelier. In square rooms, I would use a center fan plus a pair of sconces or torchieres.
Randall Whitehead lighting designer
Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

Leave A Comment

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

Lastest from ask randall

Before LEDs came along, we were all using halogen. I used to add a color-correcting filter to make the light even whiter when trying to bring out the... read full story
You are right. There is a dizzying array of trim options available. My design philosophy is to use recessed adjustable fixtures with smaller... read full story
I am rather partial to LEDs, but in this scenario I am going suggest another direction. If you were staying in this home, then investing in color-... read full story
Your electrician is definitely on the right track. What I believe it comes down to is having a recessed adjustable fixture that is cost-effective,... read full story

Webinars

Sponsored by Emerson, Ferguson and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting.   Wednesday, April 8, 2-3 p.m. EDT Register for this free CEU webinar by clicking here. Webinar Overview:... read full story
Sponsored by Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting and Spotlite-USA.   This live webinar has already taken place, but you can still view the presentation on demand by clicking... read full story
Sponsored by Access Lighting, Engineered Lighting Products, Langlais Group Inc., LTF and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting.   This webinar has already taken place, but you can... read full story

RL Tweets!