If you are investing in a new ceiling fan for your home, you will want to find a design that operates efficiently and conserves as much energy as possible. In this week’s Fan Facts with our resident fan expert, Hugh Prosser, we give you tips to find an energy efficient fan by understanding different fan motor types, looking out for the Energy Star label and properly acknowledging a fan’s airflow metrics.
DC Motor Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans with a Direct Current (DC) motor are the most efficient type of fans available today. In opposition to AC powered ceiling fans, DC ceiling fans require less energy to operate — up to 70% less energy — by only requiring electricity to start up the motor of the fan while a magnetic drive keeps it spinning. DC powered fans also offer up to six fan speeds compared to the common three speeds found in AC ceiling fans.
DC motor ceiling fans like the Skylon Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans appeal to a contemporary aesthetic, while also providing escalated efficiency to help you conserve electricity. In addition to Monte Carlo Fans, manufacturers like Emerson and Casablanca Fans also offer noteworthy fan designs with DC motors.
Energy Star Ceiling Fans
Instead of guessing at the efficiency of a fan design you like, you can look to the official Energy Star label to know with certainty that it operates as efficiently as possible. Ceiling fans with an Energy Star Qualified label are guaranteed to be efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to earn the label, each fan must pass a series of rigorous performance tests.
Additionally, Energy Star ceiling fans must come with a minimum 30-year motor warranty, a one-year component(s) warranty and a 2-year lighting kit warranty.
Energy Star fans make it easy for you, the consumer, to identify a ceiling fan design that is built to reduce its impact on the environment while simultaneously reducing your energy bill.
Understanding CFM & Airflow Efficiency
We covered how to understand Airflow Efficiency in our guide on How To Choose a New Ceiling Fan with the key points being the following:
When shopping for a new ceiling fan at Lumens, you will want to compare and contrast the energy consumption differences by viewing the Energy Guide information for each fan. This helpful information will provide you with the fan’s airflow (by cubic feet) and electricity use (in watts) to give you a calculated airflow efficiency. By properly determining a fan’s airflow efficiency, you will be able to make a well-informed decision when buying your new ceiling fan.
For any questions about understanding the energy efficiency of a ceiling fan to make sure you choose the best option, please call us at 877.445.4486.
With Tech Lighting being on sale now through the end of June at Lumens, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite new products you’ll want to check out.
Quinton LED Pendant
The Quinton LED Pendant is a modern design composed of handblown glass by skilled artisans from Poland. It’s offered in clear, smoke or surf green glass colors and features an energy efficient LED as its light source.
The Palestra Pendant from Tech Lighting is a sophisticated light fixture designed with meticulous attention to its details. Designed by Venetian artisans, Palestra puts intricacy and delicacy on display in modern dining rooms, living rooms and entryways.
Spire Monorail Kit
The Spire Monorail Kit is the ideal monorail fixture for the contemporary living room or kitchen. In addition to being a clean design, Spire is versatile and adjustable to adapt to your lighting needs wherever it is placed.
Alva LED Pendant
For an elegant mini pendant design, look to the Alva LED Pendant. Tech Lighting revives the classic Edison-style cage lamp in this exposed bulb pendant that is offered in multiple color finishes and an energy efficient LED.
Tekla LED Pendant
The Tekla LED Pendant helps accomplish an industrial aesthetic with its thick pressed crystal clear glass shade and sandblasted housing. Tekla is best in multiples, grouped together from a multi-point canopy in the kitchen, dining room or living room. It features an LED light source and is offered in antique bronze, chrome or satin nickel finishes.
The Karam Pendant offers a significant amount of textured appearance as it is made from hand-painted ceramic material. It makes a statement in modern kitchens and also works well in commercial spaces. Karam is offered in two distinct sizes and concrete or black finishes, as well as a flushmount option.
With today’s constantly evolving technology, ceiling fan design has grown to include more elements than just the fan itself. From energy efficiency to remote technology, there are a few ways to ensure your fan is as up-to-date as the rest of your home. In this week’s Fan Facts, let’s take a look at 3 great ways to “tech-ify” your fans.
fanSync by Fanimation
Smart devices are ubiquitous nowadays and home automation is becoming a popular trend, and fans should be no exception (pull chains, be gone!) If you want the smartest fan in your neighborhood, look no further than your smart phone to make your fans smarter than ever. The fanSync app from Fanimation was actually introduced last year, but underwent a recent upgrade to include more features and fan compatibility.
This ingenious app lets you control your different components of the fan through your Apple or Andriod device. It uses Bluetooth technology to change the speed, the direction and the light. It can also set fans on a timer, or adjust lights to simulate someone being at home as part of the “home away” feature. Here’s a look at how it works:
Fanimation’s fanSync is available on the App Store or Google Play, is compatible with nearly all smart devices and will work on almost any manufacturer’s fan (Fanimation, Minka Aire, Modern Fan Company, Emerson Fans, Matthews Fan Company, Craftmade Fans, etc.).
To see if your ceiling fan will work with the app, take a look at your fan’s compatibility here.
Using LED Technology
Ceiling fans with integrated light kits often use common incandescent bulbs. However, technology in newer ceiling fan designs allows you to use an LED filament bulb as the fan’s light source.
Ceiling fans like the Fredericksburg Ceiling Fan by Craftmade Fans can be upgraded to use the latest LED technology available and they will offer a similar Lumen output as a regular incandescent light bulb.
In addition to providing ample downlight for a space, a ceiling fan with an LED bulb is energy efficient and will help save you money on electricity over time. Plus, LED bulbs are rated to last much longer than standard incandescent bulbs. To identify exactly how long a bulb is supposed to last, you will want to look to the Lighting Facts label on the bulb’s packaging.
Remote Controls for Fans
While the fanSync app from Fanimation is cutting edge technology we love, you may want a wall control or remote as another option to be able to conveniently control the operations of your fan. If your ceiling fan does not already come with a remote or wall control, you can easily find a compatible remote control and install a receiver to the fan for the remote to communicate with.
When shopping for a ceiling fan at Lumens, check out the Related Items section below each item to see if a remote or wall control option is available for the fan you are interested in.
Fan Facts is a weekly series brought to you by Lumens’ resident fan expert Hugh Prosser. With 20 years of experience in the lighting and fan industries, he’s our go-to guy for fan-related questions.
For any questions about how to tech-ify your ceiling fan with any of the options discussed here, please call us at 877.445.4486.
As a customer favorite at Lumens, Hinkley Lighting is responsible for a variety of stylish indoor and outdoor lighting including decorative wall sconces, landscape lighting, bathroom lighting and chandeliers. In today’s design spotlight, we take a look at five of our favorite chandelier and linear suspension designs offered by Hinkley.
Mondrian Linear Suspension
Of the popular Mondrian collection from Hinkley Lighting, the Mondrian Linear Suspension is a clean-lined chandelier that fits perfect in craftsman-styled kitchens and dining rooms. It features a stained glass design surrounded by a Buckeye Bronze finish and is suspended from a rectangular ceiling canopy.
Karma Chandelier by Fredrick Ramond
The Karma Chandelier is a piece in the Fredrick Ramond collection from Hinkley that is reminiscent of retro-inspired European lighting. With a number of exposed bulbs on the fixture, the Karma Chandelier brightly illuminates modern dining rooms, kitchens and entryways. It is finished in polished aluminum and is available in 6-light, 12-light, 18-light and 24-light configurations.
Gatsby 5-Light Linear Suspension
To fit a restoration aesthetic, look to the Hinkley Lighting Gatsby Linear Suspension. This 5-light, linear fixture offers a vintage look for dining rooms and kitchens with its antique structure and exposed bulb design. Gatsby is offered in a Heritage Brass or Polished Antique Nickel finish to fit your existing color scheme.
Xanadu Chandelier by Fredrick Ramond
Also in the Fredrick Ramond collection, the Xanadu Chandelier is a delectable design that exudes luxury in modern entryways, foyers, kitchens and dining rooms. It features multi-facted clear crystal accents on a stainless steel frame with its light source coming from the center of the piece. The Xanadu Chandelier is guaranteed to impress and is available in 6-light and 12-light configurations.
For a transitional lighting piece, look to the Sloan Chandelier. The Hinkley Lighting Sloan Chandelier marries clean lines and decorative style with rich, natural-looking materials including linen shades and an illustrious bronze finish. It is a sophisticated chandelier, fit for an entryway or dining room and pairs well with other fixtures of the same family like the Sloan Wall Sconce or the Sloan Drum Pendant.
Katie Lesh, a #LumensHuman and designer, recently dressed up the exterior of her Sacramento home with a variety of products from Lumens. We were so impressed with the outcome that we wanted to get Katie’s take on decorating outdoor spaces with a modern touch.
What do you consider “essentials” for hosting a summer backyard dinner party?
A relaxing setting is important – comfortable seating, great music, shade for those hot afternoons and pleasant lighting, when the sun goes down. It is nice to have a few light throws, available for guests, on chilly nights and gas lanterns can provide additional lighting as well as a source of heat. It is also important to have food and beverages easily accessible for the host and guests so one does not have to go inside to replenish. The key is to create an exterior environment that is just as comfortable as being indoors.
The Hot Mesh Chair by Blu Dot is available in Black, Green, Humble Red, Natural Yellow, Off White and Simple Blue finishes.
Take your music outside with the Native Union Switch Portable Speaker. It’s Bluetooth-enabled for wireless enjoyment anywhere you need a little music. Find this speaker and more in our outdoor entertaining accessories assortment.
What is your favorite outdoor decor in your backyard? Why?
I love our lounge chairs by Loll. They are really comfortable and have a simple design that blends with any style of landscape and architecture. The white color allows us to add decorative pillows to coordinate with whatever the party theme or color scheme may be.
Loll Designs prides itself on offering eco-friendly outdoor furniture as each piece in the collection is manufactured from multiple recycled plastic milk jugs.
What role does lighting play in your outdoor “scene”?
Lighting is one of the most important factors when entertaining outdoors. Having sufficient and flattering lighting around the dining table gives everyone confidence and encourages guests to stay well after the sun has gone down.
Landscape lighting will enhance the surrounding hardscape and plant material, which draws ones eye to different areas of the backyard and gives the illusion of a larger space. Exterior fixtures can contribute ambient lighting as well as add visual interest to architectural features of the home. I love creating a scene, by adding layers of light from the walls, overhead, near the ground and even on the table.
See more accenting spotlights like the above from Kichler here.
In addition to providing guiding light, pathway lighting has been said to be the mark of a good host.
Mounted near the backdoor, a decorative fixture like the Minka-Lavery Irvington Manor Outdoor Sconce provides the perfect touch for your patio lighting.
What do you love most about hosting in your backyard?
I love the way natural elements can add to the ambience of the party. In the background, we can hear the sounds of water softly splashing in our fountain, birds singing on the power lines, squirrels taunting our little pup from the fence, and the leaves brushing against one another as the breeze blows through. Entertaining outdoors also brings a casual element to the party that allows people to feel more comfortable and relaxed.
What are your tips for someone trying to create a modern space for outdoor parties?
Monochromatic color schemes give the space a more modern look. For the dining table, use linens and flowers, all in the same color family. Incorporate accent pieces throughout the space that are functional and simple in design and allow the natural elements to stand out.
Anything on your “wishlist” at Lumens to make your outdoor space even better?
I think an outdoor fireplace or fire pit would be awesome. People love to gather and get cozy around a fire and on chilly nights it would be ideal!
Happy #Pride Month from the team at Lumens! If you’re in Sacramento, come find us at the Pride Festival at Booth #606 for a special treat.
Find more information about the 2015 Pride Festival here: http://www.sacramentopride.org/
Buying a new ceiling fan isn’t usually as easy as you might think. You have to figure out the right size ceiling fan you need, determine what kind of fan will fit with your existing lighting and decor, how much air you will need the fan to move and if you need it to provide downlighting as well. In this week’s Fan Facts, we caught up with our resident fan expert, Hugh Prosser, to get answers to these common ceiling fan questions.
How do I determine the right ceiling fan size for my space?
Generally speaking, a smaller room needs a fan with a small blade span while a large room can handle a fan with a bigger blade span. Simple, right? With that said, don’t be scared to go big even if you don’t have a defined great room or large living room.
Buying a large ceiling fan for a medium sized room is becoming a popular trend as the fan stands out as a decorative element of the room more so than just a functional fixture to move air. This allows you to have a large blade span (often 65″ or more) that will cut through air without requiring the fan to be on its highest setting. Remember, the slower the fan is turning, the less energy you will actually be using. If it is a large fan in a smaller space, you’ll rarely need to have the speed higher than the lowest setting.
Although small, modern designs like the Minka Spacesaver Fan bring a lot of style to a room while also being able to move a significant amount of air.
Refer to our ceiling fan size chart for a quick visual to determine the fan blade span you need:
Do I want a traditional fan or a modern fan?
Customers often think that because they have a traditional home, they have to restrict themselves to a fan that fits a classic or traditional aesthetic. This is a misconception and when shopping for a new fan, you shouldn’t be leery of the terms Modern or Transitional as many modern and transitional ceiling fan designs can fit a space regardless of its decor.
You may not have an Eames Lounge Chair gracing your living room, but it doesn’t mean that a modern designed fan won’t fit in with your existing furniture and home furnishings. Many of the modern and transitional fans we offer come in sleek, contemporary designs that fit in well with just about anything and have finishes ranging from nickel to bronze and a number of wood tones to help keep the color scheme in your space consistent.
How do I understand the energy efficiency of a fan?
All ceiling fans today have required energy efficiency information. This information includes Airflow, Energy Used and Airflow Efficiency.
Of course, there are a multitude of factors that can affect a fan’s airflow efficiency – the number of blades, blade span (diameter) and the blade pitch (the angle of each fan blade). When shopping for your new ceiling fan, just know that the more air a fan moves and the lower the amount of energy it uses to operate, the more efficient the fan will be.
At Lumens, you’ll want to look to the Energy Guide symbol on a product for a quick way to identify a fan’s efficiency.
Do I need a light kit for my fan?
If you already have enough light in the room where the fan will go or if having light coming from the fan will alter the mood you’re trying to establish in the room, you might want to go for a fan without a light kit. If you want more light, a fan with a light kit might be just the thing you’re looking for.
When it comes to ceiling fans with integrated light kits, you will find more and more designs moving away from incandescent or fluorescent light sources to incorporating an LED light.
Just a few years ago, an LED light kit in a ceiling fan was poor at best. Now, with recent advances in LED technology, lighted ceiling fans are really starting to have great lumen output. Plus, because LEDs use 90% less in energy in watts compared to a standard incandescent bulb, there is opportunity to have a lot of light without going over the amount allowed.
Find more helpful tips with our Fan Buyer’s Guide and for any questions about choosing a new ceiling fan, call us at 877.445.4486.
Savoy House ceiling fans are often fitting for homes and commercial spaces surrounded with classic decor. While Savoy’s classic ceiling fans fit this traditional aesthetic, we are fans of the brand’s contemporary designs including caged fans, dual fan ceiling fans and stylish fans with integrated lights. See a few of our favorite Savoy House fans in today’s brand spotlight.
Circulaire Ceiling Fan
The Savoy House Circulaire Ceiling Fan proves that two heads are better than one with its contemporary dual fan blade design.
Circulaire features a pair of solid wood blades encased by a steel protective cage that gives it a statement-making retro appearance. It’s the perfect design for small living rooms and kitchens as each blade offers a 16″ diameter. The Circulaire Fan is also damp rated, making it a great addition to covered decks and patios.
See more: Understanding Ratings for Fans
Polaris Hugger Ceiling Fan
Mounted flush with the ceiling, the Savoy House Polaris Hugger Ceiling Fan is a clean, contemporary design that is able to fit a range of home styles.
With a standard 52″ blade span, Polaris is useful for moving air in low-ceilinged living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. It’s available in bronze with walnut blades or a satin nickel finish with silver blades and it also includes an integrated halogen light.
Bancroft Ceiling Fan
New to Lumens, the Savoy House Bancroft Ceiling Fan is another clean, contemporary ceiling fan that stands out for its colossal light kit.
Bancroft’s integrated halogen light kit is actually larger than the fan’s housing and it is complemented by a sleek, 5-blade design. It will project 1125 Lumens of light and cut through air at three different speeds. It’s available in bronze or satin nickel finishes to fit with your existing decor.
Sea Side Fan d’Lier Outdoor Ceiling Fan
The Savoy House Sea Side Fan d’Lier combines the elegance of a chandelier with the functionality of a ceiling fan into a unique, decorative fixture that fits a variety of spaces.
It is UL Listed for damp spaces, making it safe for outdoor use on porches and covered decks or inside in mud rooms or in a half bath. It features three blades inside of a stylish metal cage, available in bronze or satin nickel finishes.
Love this look? See more caged ceiling fans from Savoy House, Minka Aire and Matthews Fan Company.
Ariel 5-Blade Ceiling Fan
Combining elements of wood and metal into an airplane inspired design that fits a retro aesthetic, the Savoy House Ariel 5-Blade Ceiling Fan is the perfect choice for large living rooms and great rooms.
Ariel features a larger blade span of 58″ and efficiently cuts through air with its five solid wood blades. It also includes an integrated halogen downlight that can be capped if you prefer a fan without light.
All ceiling fan designs by Savoy House are on sale now through June 30 at Lumens. Browse these featured designs and more Savoy House ceiling fans here.
At Lumens, we are fascinated with modern lighting design and when it comes to exterior lighting options, our interests remain the same. However, we occasionally come across designs that may be considered unusual or unexpected when used in contemporary settings. Aside from commonplace outdoor sconces, landscape lighting fixtures and outdoor-friendly ceiling fans, there are a number of statement-making LED lighting options that have recently caught our attention from Artkalia and Smart & Green.
Outdoor Lighting Options from Artkalia
In 2008, a team of designers and collaborators came together to develop energy efficient lighting pieces meant to make a statement in outdoor spaces. Today, Artkalia offers a line of decorative LED fixtures that are perfect as illuminated accents for the outdoor dining table, next to the pool or as a lawn decoration.
The Ela LED Floor Lamp from Artkalia takes its shape from that of a classic floor lamp, but it is designed to have a big presence outside. This shock-resistant and water-resistant lamp is over five feet tall and offers colorful lighting from its two integrated LEDs.
Add some fun to your backyard with the Ballia LED Ball by Artkalia. This rechargeable, shockproof and waterproof ball of LED light is great for the pool or as a centerpiece on the table. It offers a variety of RGB colors and effects to add a playful touch to your outdoor decor.
A light fixture or an accent table? The Tripoddia LED Stool by Artkalia can act as a stool for your outdoor lounge chair or as a side table to hold your whatever you might be sipping on. This intriguing LED stool is rechargeable, cordless, shockproof and waterproof.
See all lighting from Artkalia here.
Outdoor Lighting Options from Smart & Green
Following a similar design style as Artkalia and also founded in 2008, Smart & Green offers a line of interesting fixtures that are energy efficient and can go anywhere. Smart & Green’s innovative technology allows for the design of fixtures that are durable, shockproof, waterproof and easily rechargeable.
The Smart & Green Dew Lamp is a drop of energy efficient LED light that complements both indoor and outdoor spaces. With its 35 LEDs, the Dew Lamp can colorfully light up dim spaces or act as a decorative accessory for the pool.
The cubic structure of this Smart & Green lamp is the perfect accenting touch for contemporary outdoor areas. On its own, the Smart & Green Cube LED Lamp provides ample and colorful lighting for the patio table or next to the pool. Alternatively, you can scatter multiple cube lamps to create a really impressive outdoor lighting display.
The Smart & Green Tower LED Lamp is comprised of 12 energy efficient LEDs inside of a waterproof and durable polyethylene structure. It stands at 25″ tall and offers colorful, bright light for the deck or patio. While we love it for outdoor use, it can also make a statement indoors.
See all lighting from Smart & Green here.
All lighting by Smart & Green is on sale now through June 14th during our Summer Sale. You’ll also want to look through the complete outdoor living category for patio furniture, planter boxes, decorative birdhouses and more ways to modernize your outdoor space.
Shopping for an outdoor fan can be a daunting task if you are not familiar with Damp Ratings or Wet Ratings. While most indoor fans carry a Dry Rating and can quickly become damaged with outdoor use, fans that are damp rated or wet rated are safe for outdoor locations. We took a minute to catch up with our fan expert, Hugh Prosser, for today’s Fan Facts to help you understand outdoor fan ratings and proper cleaning techniques.
Damp Ratings vs. Wet Ratings
Many outdoor fans are suitable for Damp Locations and are ideal for covered outdoor areas. One should expect years of trouble free operation with a Damp Rated ceiling fan, even if it is installed in humid applications or near the ocean where salt is an issue. Damp Rated fans are made to handle the moisture that comes with an outdoor application, however, they should never be in direct contact with water, rain or snow.
Although you should expect years of trouble free operation with a Damp Rated fan, it doesn’t mean you can “install it and forget it” – a fan in this type of environment needs to be cleaned on a regular basis due to its exposure to moisture. Regardless of the motor finish or the type of blades the fan has, if it is not maintained properly, it will corrode and oxidize.
See also: UL Listings For Lighting & Ceiling Fans
To prevent the fan from corroding, a basic cleaning of the motor and blades a few times each month should keep your fan looking good. Do not use any harsh cleaning materials as they have the potential to damage the fan’s finish. For ceiling fans offered in glossy finishes, you can apply a quick coat of car wax occasionally on the metal parts of the motor housing to keep them looking polished. With regularly cleaning of the fan, it will maintain its appearance and functionality for years.
If maintaining a Damp Rated fan sounds like too much work or your ceiling is too high, we recommend that you buy a Wet Rated ceiling fan. Unlike a Damp Rated fan, Wet Rated fans are weather resistant and okay for all outdoor applications. Wet Rated fans are safe to be exposed directly to snow or rain, as they are made with finishes that help to avoid rust and corrosion. Cleaning a Wet Rated fan is also easy – simply spray it with a regular garden hose to free it of cobwebs, debris, etc. Please remember to turn the power off to the fan first for safety.
Other Great Resources
Look to our complete Fan Buyer’s Guide for additional help on choosing a ceiling fan. From tips to understanding how to choose the right size of a fan to understanding what airflow efficiency means, you’ll find it here. And for help in picking out the right outdoor fan for your space, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our fan experts at 877-445-4486.
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