When Lumens asked me if I’d do a dedicated ceiling fan post I jumped at the chance because I had just purchased a gorgeous new birch wood modern ceiling fan to replace the mundane white ceiling fan in our Florida condo. I even found an electrician and set up an appointment, thinking it would be installed and ready to feature today. Not a chance.
I thought I had done my homework, researching the correct ceiling fan size and controller. But there were other considerations I had overlooked. Not only was the included downrod too short for my tall room, the remote control was a wall remote, not a handheld remote.
Of course, I discovered about these deficits on two separate occasions—electrician visit #1 and electrician visit #2, after having paid rush shipping for the new downrod. Hand held remote is now en route. (By the way, used the live chat function on Lumens to remedy both of these issues, and I’m not just saying that.)
So, yes, I am going to highlight my 10 top picks for modern ceiling fans from Lumens, but I am also outlining the major issues to consider when choosing a ceiling fan, so if you’re buying scroll beyond the shopping link for tips on how to choose a ceiling fan.
Top 10 Modern Ceiling Fans
S H O P P I N G
How to Choose a Ceiling Fan
Room Size. The larger the room, the larger the ceiling fan you will need. A ceiling fan is measured by its blade span, which is the diameter of the circle that you see when the fan blades are in motion.
Suggested blade span sizes:
If the room is…
Under 144-square feet >> under 42-inch blade span
144-225-square feet >> 44-50-inch blade span
225-400-square feet >> over 50-inch blade span
Over 400-square feet >> over 62-inch blade span; or more than one fan
You can also do it by wall measurement:
If the length of the longest wall in your room is…
Less than 12-feet >> 36-inch blade span (or smaller)
12-15-feet >> 40-18-inch blade span
More than 15-feet >> 54-inch blade span (or more)
Ceiling Height & Pitch. If your ceiling is high you you may need to purchase a longer downrod than what is provided so that the fan can hang lower into the room. The fan is not effective in moving the air around if it is stuck at the top of the room. If you have low ceilings, look for a very short suspension rod or even a flush mount ceiling fan. (You don’t want to behead anyone.) If the ceiling is sloped, you’ll need a sloped ceiling adaptor. You should also check the ceiling angle with which the fan is compatible.
Suggested downrod lengths:
9-foot ceiling >> 6-inch downrod
10-foot ceiling >> 12-inch downrod
12-foot ceiling >> 24-inch downrod
16-foot ceiling >> 48-inch downrod
18-foot ceiling >> 60-inch downrod
Operation Methods. A fan can be operated with a pull cord (make sure you will be able to reach it), wall switch, a wall remote control, and a handheld remote control. Find out what your ceiling fan is wired for, or if it is being newly wired, what makes the most sense for your setup.
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