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 email@example.com or call our fan experts at 877-445-4486.
As a designer of modern lighting, furniture and decorative home accessories for iconic brands like Kartell and Alessi, Philippe Starck has become a household name among design enthusiasts and he is one of our favorites.
In today’s designer spotlight, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite works from this prolific French designer.
Philippe Starck Designs for Kartell
Philippe Starck has designed several pieces of modern furniture for the Italian brand Kartell and the Masters Chair is one of his best offerings. This well known chair design is a tribute from Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet to the Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames. The Masters Chair takes elements from each of these three iconic designs to produce a contemporary piece of furniture you will love.
He is also responsible for the Ghost Chairs offered by Kartell. Each chair design in the Ghost collection is made with an intricate form that is created by polycarbonate into a single mold forming a durable, scratch and weather resistant chair.
Philippe Starck Designs for Flos
In addition to designing contemporary furniture pieces for Kartell, Philippe Starck has also created several decorative light fixtures for Flos including the Long & Hard Suspension, the Miss K Table Lamp and the Ktribe collection.
Philippe Starck Designs for Baccarat
On the luxury side of the lighting spectrum, Philippe Starck has also created several eye-catching crystal lighting pieces for Baccarat.
Philippe Starck Designs for Alessi
Finally, Philippe Starck is the mind behind classic Alessi designs like the Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer and the Max le Chinois Colander. These designs have found their home in modern kitchens all over the world and we have to thank Philippe Starck for these creative accessories.
Be sure to check out all designs by Philippe Starck at Lumens and see his official website for more information.
It’s Fan Friday at Lumens and we want to spotlight one of our favorite brands for modern fan design, Fanimation. Started by Tom Frampton all the way back in 1984, Fanimation is an American-made brand for decorative fans that now operates out of Indiana and is ran by Frampton’s son, Nathan Frampton. The company offers a variety of fan designs ranging from art deco inspired floor fans to eye-catching fans that will have you staring at the ceiling.
See why we love these five fan designs from Fanimation in today’s spotlight.
Zonix Ceiling Fan
The Fanimation Zonix ceiling fan embraces the sleek, modern design we love and it is a best seller at Lumens. Zonix is a 3-blade design that features a 52″ blade span with 4 different forward/reverse speeds for year-round use. Its cherry walnut or satin nickel blades are reversible and it can be mounted to flat ceilings or sloped ceilings. Zonix is offered in oil-rubbed bronze, polished nickel or satin nickel finishes and it is also offered in an outdoor version and an LED version.
Beckwith Ceiling Fan
The Fanimation Beckwith is a unique ceiling fan design that also resembles a decorative drum pendant. Winner of the 2015 Award for Design Excellence, Beckwith is a one of a kind, innovative fan with a 13″ blade span, 3 fan speeds and a 4-bulb integrated light fixture. It’s available in aluminum or oil-rubbed bronze finishes and is the ideal fan for modern kitchens and bedrooms.
Odyn Ceiling Fan
The Odyn Ceiling Fan by Fanimation is an extra large fan with a huge blade span of 84″. Although it has a significant diameter of 7 feet, it’s only 18″ tall and mounts close to the ceiling. Odyn is ideal for industrial spaces, large living rooms, open great rooms or outdoors as it is damp rated for exterior use. It’s available in brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze finishes.
Arden Floor Fan
The Arden Floor Fan by Fanimation fits a restoration aesthetic and works well in living rooms, bedrooms or contemporary office spaces. Although Arden is a decorative floor fan, it is highly functional and is able to circulate fresh air throughout an entire room. It features a walnut tripod base supporting an oscillating 5-blade fan with a 3-speed rotary switch.
Urbanjet Desk Fan
The Fanimation Urbanjet exemplifies retro style with its design inspired by a ’57 Chevy. Urbanjet is perfect for modern office desktops and it oscillates air through a room at three different speeds. It’s available in baby blue, milky ivory, mysterious black, sonic silver or a spicy red to help match your existing decor.
All fans by Fanimation are on sale now through Tuesday, 5/26. Shop these featured fan designs and more from Fanimation here.
Alessi is an iconic name when it comes to modern home accessory design. From a variety of decorative accessories for the tabletop to a very well known teapot design and everything in between, Alessi boasts a rich catalog of products we love from noteworthy designers including Michael Graves, Alessandro Mendini, Philippe Starck and more. In today’s Fave 5, we wanted to highlight our five favorite products from the Italian design factory.
Kettle With Bird Whistle by Michael Graves
Calling it a design icon does not do the Michael Graves tea kettle justice. Designed in 1985 by Michael Graves, this kettle has been a top seller for Alessi since its inception. It features a youthful design with a stainless steel pot and bird spout that whistles when water has come to a boil. Although it is an icon among design enthusiasts, it is also a completely functional tea kettle and well reviewed by people who own it. It’s available in black, blue or super white and is part of the Michael Graves collection for Alessi.
Kastor Pencil Sharpener by Rodrigo Torres
The Kastor Pencil Sharpener by Rodrigo Torres for Alessi is a unique accessory that is perfect for the modern office. Named for the French word for “beaver”, Kastor is a fun pencil sharpener complete with eyes, paws and a tail and it is ready to gnaw away at your pencils. If you prefer to use pens in your office setting, Kastor can also act as a decorative paperweight.
Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer by Philippe Stark
Philippe Starck is a household name when it comes to modern design and has created products for the best names in design including Alessi, Kartell and Flos. Among his contributions to Alessi is the Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer, a handheld tool for creating fresh-squeezed juice while also establishing its presence as a contemporary piece of your kitchen’s decor. It was originally designed in 1990 and has since become a staple of the Alessi collection.
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Anna G. Corkscrew by Alessandro Mendini
We couldn’t mention Alessi without talking about Alessandro Mendini’s contributions to the brand. This iconic, award-winning designer for Alessi is behind the complete Anna G. collection of modern kitchen accessories, as well as the Alessi Parrot Corkscrew and the Alessi Moka Stovetop Espresso. The Anna Gong collection from Mendini is said to be inspired by his girlfriend at the time of each piece’s inception and as a result, a clearly defined face is found in each product of the collection. Aside from its fun and colorful design, the Anna G. Corkscrew makes opening a bottle of wine easier than you could imagine.
Blow Up Basket by Fratelli Campana
The Blow Up Basket by Fratelli Campana for Alessi is another favorite of ours that can be found in contemporary spaces all over the world. This recognizable basket is made from multiple hand-welded stainless steel rods into an accessory piece that is perfect as a tabletop centerpiece or fruit holder. It’s part of a larger family of products from the Campana Brothers that also includes a mirror, clock, table, umbrella stand, magazine holder and floor mat.
All accessories by the Italian design factory are on sale now through Tuesday, 5/26. Shop the complete collection from Alessi here.
We’re celebrating our favorite studio design brands this month at Lumens and wanted to take a minute to dive a little deeper into why we love the small scale, big style attitude of these designers.
As a Beacon, NY based design studio that focuses on glass-blown fixtures, Niche Modern has brought a number of gorgeous glass pendants to the modern lighting market and become one of our favorite brands to work with. The company was actually founded accidentally by Jeremy Pyles and Mary Welch in 2003 while opening a home furnishings store in Manhattan, but we are grateful for their designs and the contemporary niche they fill.
Michael McHale Designs
Also hailing from the state of New York, Michael McHale Designs is a small lighting studio that takes industrial components and mixes them with decorative lighting elements to create a diverse selection of chandeliers and pendant lighting. Founder Michael McHale also created his brand by accident while shopping for a light fixture for his NY apartment. Frustrated that he could not find what he was looking for, he decided to become a lighting designer himself. The company’s decorative lighting line includes fixtures using luxurious European crystal mixed with galvanized piping, as well as a collection of Raw fixtures that are unapologetic about their straightforward industrial nature.
Founded in 2010 by a group of glass artistans in the Czech Republic, Brokis is a new line to Lumens that we are loving. The company’s designers create gorgeous, hand-blown glass pendant lighting and lamps that are stunning in modern spaces. The Shadow collection of pendant lighting combines Bohemian glass-blowing practices with the classic form of the French atelier pendant, while the Muffin collection of pendants and table lamps use Bohemian glass with beautiful natural oak bases. If you love the look of hand-blown glass, you will want to see the complete offering from Brokis – exclusively available at Lumens.com.
San Francisco’s Pablo Designs hardly seems like a small studio with its noteworthy designs like the Tube Top Table Lamp, Circa Pendants and Piccola Table Lamp. Founded in 1993 by Pablo Pardo, Pablo Designs has impressed us over the years with its high quality design work, unmatched innovation and use of energy-efficient LED lamping. The company continues to impress us to this day with products like its latest offering, the Swell pendant collection. For any modern lighting needs in residential or commercial spaces, look to the options available from Pablo.
Founded by designer Omer Arbel in 2005, Bocci is a small studio based out of Vancouver, Canada with its office being located next to the Pacific Ocean. Who wouldn’t be inspired and creative working right next to the ocean? The company’s name translates to the word “buds” in English and it is apparent in the lighting products the company offers. Bocci’s 14 Series, 21 Series and 28 Series look like small “buds” of light and can be grouped into clusters of statement-making decorative lighting.
Seattle-based Standard Socket is a relatively new company in the decorative lighting space, only getting its start in 2012. Although young in the space, the company is growing its name and offers an impressive collection of modern lighting. Standard Socket enlists a diverse roster of up-and-coming talented designers to create a wide variety of skillfully crafted light fixtures. From the copper finished Spun Pendants to the origami-like Chipboard Pendant, we are loving the creativity this young company is fostering.
Founded by designer Jason Bird, Luxxbox is a small studio lighting brand with offices in Northern California and Australia. The company offers a collection of modern pendant lighting that gives any space a cutting-edge aesthetic. Perfect for commercial applications, the Flirt Pendant and Helm Pendant from Luxxbox are both captivating and attractive pendant designs that are bound to make a statement. Although Jason Bird also designs contemporary furniture for Luxxbox, his Helm and Flirt pendant designs are offered exclusively at Lumens.
Castor is another Canadian lighting studio that was founded by former punk rockers looking to design light fixtures from recycled materials. Based in Toronto, Castor finds its inspiration from salvaging items like fire extinguishers, fluorescent tube lights and old lamp parts and then re-purposes them into decorative light fixtures. Although Castor is a small design studio, we appreciate that they have made an even smaller impact on the Earth through the use of creative recycling.
Handcrafted lighting designs from studio brands like the above are what helps keep modern lighting unique and interesting. For more great options from studio brands, check out the complete list of small studio lighting designers here.
Every Spring, one of our favorite design accessory brands offers a sale on its exquisite line of gifts and accessories. Starting today hrough May 26, you can save up to 20% on all gifts and accessories from Alessi, including award-winning designs from Alessandro Mendini, tableware from Marcel Wanders and the Super & Popular collection.
Shop the 2015 Alessi Spring Sale here.
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