Let’s talk about five things to consider before buying ceiling lights and fans today. I just had new lighting installed in my office! Last week, I shared a picture of what I was planning to do in my creative workspace to help keep me get organized and tame the clutter. One of the items I said I’d also tackle was getting rid of the lightbulb on a string that had been there since the day we moved in.
I think it was an incentive or even a reward for finally tackling my dis-organization.
This is is no ordinary ceiling light guys, it’s a hidden ceiling fan light.
See the fan blades?
Seriously, I’ve had a bare lightbulb hanging from my office ceiling for over 5 years. Yes, I am embarrassed. Why have I not changed out my office lighting for a new pendant light or ceiling fan earlier?
Truth be told I just haven’t seen a light fixture within in my budget that got me excited. Plus, my room has challenges which made it hard to pick the right light fixture or ceiling fan.
How do you pick the right lighting when you have a low ceiling and small room?
5 Things to Consider Before Buying Ceiling Lights and Fans
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Avoid common mistakes many homeowners make when purchasing lighting or ceiling fans.
Tip #1. Keep the scale of the room in mind. Think about your ceiling height and the size of the room before buying new ceiling lights and fans.
Tip #2. What is the purpose of your new lights or ceiling fans with lights? Will it be used for tasks, work or ambiance only? Do you need airflow to cool a room too?
Tip#3. How much light do you need? Think about the amount of light you need and where it needs to be directed.
Tip#4. What style of fan or lighting do you need? Choose a light that compliments the style of your decor and furnishings. If you’re unsure, choose a transitional style that works with multiple styles of home decor.
Tip#5. How easy is the ceiling fan or light fixture to clean and maintain? Do you need a ladder to to hire someone to change the lightbulbs or wipe the dust off?
Do you see how even my new Stile Fan aka hidden ceiling fan illuminates my office? This will be fabulous for working. There’s a remote control and the light is dimmable too!
My new Stile ceiling fan light checked off on all of the above criteria. That’s a huge win! I loved the look and features so much, that I put one up in our living room too.
My favorite features? It may be the dimmable 360 degree lighting the entire room lights up evenly without dark areas which makes it look bigger. I won’t need to change the light bulbs…ever because there are warm bright 500 lumen LED lights inside that will last 50,000 hours.
I could keep talking about the features of the Anderson Fan but need to get cracking on the office makeover. Read about the features of the Anderson Fan here.
Since I’ve been talking about my new hidden ceiling fan light for the last two weeks to friends and family. They all keep asking where they can find it. If you’re asking the same question, the Anderson Fan can be found online here.
Update: Since I wrote this post, there are lots of new choices available in ceiling fans with retractable blades.
The bottom line message to you is don’t choose a light fixture only on how it looks. To be happy in the long run with your lighting and fan choices, keep my bulleted list of things to consider before buying ceiling lights and fans.
I loved the features of this light so much I changed out our dated ceiling fan in the living room too. We finally get the functionality of a ceiling fan with the style of a contemporary light fixture!
It looks great with my DIY Wall Mounted TV Cabinet and DIY Media Console I made.
Pin this or print my simple tips for buying ceiling lights and fixtures for future purchases. I’ve made mistakes when picking out ceiling lights and fans and then was stuck with my purchase. If I’d spent a little more time using my own list of important things to consider before buying ceiling lights and fans I could have avoided this!
Did you see a peek of my new built-in cabinets and shelves in the background? My decluttering and organization has turned into a bit of an office makeover. But, I will have a ton of storage which will solve my clutter problem!
I love my new lighting! Do you have a lighting challenge in your home too?
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Heidi Sears says
Thank you so much for posting this. I was looking for a caged ceiling fan with a light for my laundry room. We are doing a makeover and this is exactly what I was looking for and half the cost of the others I was finding. Thank you thank you
Hi Heidi, I’m so glad my post was helpful! I have two of these lights installed and love them. Yes, the price point is great, especially when compared to the other products available. Have fun with your laundry room makeover!
Love the look of this. Although the rooms we are needing lighting and fans for are not very large, wondering
if this fan puts out enough air flow for you?
Hi Pat, Thanks a good question. The air flow feels different than a regular ceiling fan. I like it in both of our rooms. On low and medium speed it’s great. It’s gentle and constant. On high it sounds a bit like a box fan. We don’t usually run our fans on high so that’s not been a problem. I absolutely love the light output too. I hope that helped. Thanks so much for your visit and good question!
Thanks for getting back. Looks like we may try these.
Awesome light fixture/fan Wendi! I have to redo my closet area and I think the doors will extend further than the old doors interfering with my current fan/light fixture. This might be a good fit for me.
Hi Gail! Thanks, it is an awesome light fixture. I am so happy with it, the way it looks and the way it works. I hope it works out for you too. I love all the work you’re doing on your home. It’s going to look amazing!
Chelsea Schalton says
I have a 3rd floor guest bedroom that was built just so one of these could be installed. Excellent design idea. Thanks!
I forgot to say that ceiling fan would be perfect in our master bedroom and living room, I love it. I have never liked the look of ceiling fans in a small house like ours So that is perfect. Thanks for this post, I have to save it to show the hubs.
I really need a new light in my dining room, but can’t find what I have in my minds eye. What is up now is the original from the 70’s, even in the 70’s I would not have chosen it, I’m talking so ugly it hurts to look at it, but I’m not going to change it until I find something I really love. I am so over trying to clean intricate light fixtures, they are so pretty to look at, but I can think of better ways to spend my time.
I love the light fixture shown in your blog, good light and easy to clean, very similar to what I bought for the office, it’s not up yet, but maybe this time next year it will be haha.
Regenia Moore says
WOW…I’ve never seen these… SO BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing I will definitely keep these in mind because Im always thinking of decluttering or simplifying in my home. You don’t have to dust fan blades (YAY!) & now have a lil more time to enjoy your beautiful back yard paradise !!!
Oh that is a clever fixture! Ceiling fans get such a bad rap from decorators but sometimes you really need that air movement, it’s exciting to see such a stylish option.