Have you ever shopped for ceiling fans? If you have, you’ll know there are actually a wide variety of styles out there on the market. There are also a wide variety of ceiling fans with lights, so you can light up your space and cool down on hot summer nights at the same time!
The majority of fans are light and remote control adaptable. Some even come with these included.
So what are some of these popular styles of ceiling fans, and what are the main differences between them?
Indoor vs. Outdoor Ceiling Fans
Outdoor ceiling fans are usually made from all-weather materials that protect them from the elements. The all-weather materials used have traditionally been a heavy metal material, like 316 marine grade stainless steel. A number of more recent fans are made from a moulded ABS (Thermoplastic) material making them virtually corrosion proof.
Many outdoor fans are exposed to damp, wet & humid conditions, which is why the better quality fans have a waterproof, sealed motor. These fans are widely used in many Australian homes, in order to survive the sea air. Not surprisingly, outdoor fans are popular all over Australia because they provide cooling on verandas and patios.
Please be aware manufacturers will generally not cover, under warranty, an indoor fan used in outdoor conditions.
Metal vs. Timber vs. moulded ABS blades
Timber blades are, generally, thicker and have a flatter pitch than metal blades or ABS blades and therefore, usually less air movement. This makes the timber blades quieter for areas like bedrooms.
For areas where higher air movement is required, the metal or ABS blades would be a better choice.
ABS blades will not rust or peel therefore requiring less maintenance.
Fans with lights
Fans with lights are a good idea for small rooms where there is not a lot of room for other lighting. In these situations, having ceiling lights positioned too close to a ceiling fan may cause a strobing effect as the light passes through the spinning fan blades, so the fan/light combination is a far better option in these conditions.
There may also be a problem with electrical wiring not being available or accessible to put other light points in the room.
Fan lights now come in many different styles from the basic clipper and oyster light attachments which generally take one or two globes to the newer slimline led lights which integrate into the fans design.
If you don’t want to jump up off of the couch or out of bed to adjust your fan or light (in the case of a fan/light combination) then a fan remote is just the thing you need. Most ceiling fans & ceiling fan lights are now remote adaptable.
If you are renovating or replacing an existing ceiling light with a fan/light combination, please be aware that your electrician will need to install extra wiring so that the fan and light can be operated separately. If there is no access to install additional electrical wiring (e.g. Concrete ceiling) then you will need to use a remote controlled fan to be able to operate the fan and light separately in these situations.