ALL ABOUT lighting
SIZE IT RIGHT
One ceiling fan—or one ceiling fan
size—isn’t the same as another.
Consider these three things when you
talk to your showroom.
• WHERE’S IT GOING? Ceiling fans
are rated in one of three ways: indoor-rated (cannot withstand moisture/direct
water), damp-rated (cannot withstand
direct moisture), and wet-rated (can
withstand rain). You can use wet-rated
fans indoors or in damp spaces, but
you may not use indoor- or damp-rated in wet locations.
• HOW WIDE IS THE FAN? Ceiling fans
generally start at about 36 inches, but
some come in smaller widths, too. Your
showroom can help you determine
how to size a fan for your room’s
total square feet, your preferences,
the room’s ceiling height, and the fan
• WHAT’S THE CEILING FAN’S
MOTOR TYPE? Ceiling fans come with
either an AC or a DC motor, which
determines how the fan gets and
delivers its power.
Controls (both fan and light):
Many of today’s ceiling fans are
controlled with WiFi through an app
or handheld remote. Decades ago,
ceiling fans were turned of and on
using a switch that was activated by
a pull chain.
Light kit: Most ceiling fans provide
the option to include lights, either
through an add-on light kit or
integrated into the fixture. With
lights, ceiling fans can double as
overall light for a room.
Fan blades: Many blades extend
out from the center portion of the
fan. Some conceal the blades to
provide ceiling fan function with a
traditional chandelier look. Based
in width and angle.
Fan arm: The fan arms connect the
fan’s blades to the fixture’s central
Fan motor and housing: Enclosed
inside the fan’s housing is the
motor, which provides power to the
blades. This part is not actually close
to the ceiling. That is the canopy.
Down rod: Most include a down
rod so you can adjust the height
of the ceiling fan relative to the
ceiling. These generally begin at
4. 5 or 6 inches and increase by
6-inch increments. For low ceilings,
consider a flush-mount ceiling fan.
Canopy: The small canopy, a
circle/round cap that fits against
the ceiling, disguises wirings and
a Ceiling Fan
YOUR CEILING FAN CAN DO A LOT—circulate air, enhance your decor,
provide light. But do you know what each part does? Here’s a quick guide.
How should your fan rotate?
In summer, push the air straight down, so run the fan counterclockwise,
and turn up the speed as needed. In winter, reverse that, going
clockwise and pulling the air up toward the ceiling.