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, 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.

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