Ceiling Fans and Lights

Oct 11 07:04 2010 Les Donovan Print This Article

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Ceiling Fans and Lights

Older homes,Guest Posting homes that are inherited, and rental properties often have outdated ceiling lights if any at all.  Homes that were built a decade ago often need some form of redesign to update their looks to include ceiling fans and lights. Many homeowners improve the look of rooms in their home by remodeling with ceiling fans and lights. Remodeling with ceiling fanlight fixtures can add a stylish element into any room.

Modern ceiling fans come in many compelling designs and styles from different styles of fan blades and light fixtures. The many different styles commonly found in most light fixture stores include:  Victorian, Asian, and Western. Ceiling fans come with either lights or no lights. You can also find ceiling fans with funky or gothic blades and light fixture designs. Both Hampton Bay ceiling fans and Hunter ceiling fans are excellent sources for a wide variety of ceiling fans with lights.

Ceiling fans serve multiple functions in the home. They can have a cooling effect as well as a supplemental heating system to your home. The fan motor can rotate both forward and backward to either bring air down or lift it up.  By having them rotate backwards (in a counterclockwise rotation) they can act as a cooling system by blowing air towards the people situated in the room. By having them in forward (in a clockwise rotation) the fans pull the cold air up and displace the warm air in the ceiling, circulating it towards the floor during winter. This is especially important for a room with a high ceiling. By circulating the warm air you will save on heat cost. The warm air that stays at ceiling level is wasted heat.

The lighting fixtures attached to the fan unit provide the advantage of having ceiling lighting rather than just lamp standing in a corner or on an end table. The lights fixture can be a single bulb unit or a multi bulb unit and most of them can be dimmed and operated by remote control in addition to a wall switch. The modern ceiling fans and lights will create a room style that is much brighter and more pleasant for family activities.

Wiring for ceiling fans and lights is straight forward. Usually the circuit is wired with a 14/3 wire that provides two sources of power to the fixture through two wall mounted light switches. One of the power sources is to operate the fan and the other is for the lights. This allows you to operate either the fan or the lights separately or together. Combination fans and lights fixture are quite heavy and require a strong mounting box, usually metal, that is securely attached to the ceiling with large screws.

Installing ceiling fans and lights is a great way to refresh a room design and provide a lot of utility values by improving cooling in warm weather and redistributing warm air during cold weather. The different styles of fan paddles and light fixtures seem to be unlimited. A DIY homeowner can install a ceiling fan light kit in a couple of hours using standard household tools.   

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Les Donovan
Les Donovan

Les Donovan is semi-retired and lives in the lakes region of central New Hampshire following more than four decades in the aerospace industry. He has extensive home building experience having build four house, built garages, porches, finished basements and attic rooms as well as made extensive addition to houses. For the most part, he built the house by himself and acted as a general contractor for some portions of those projects. These projects included framing, plumbing, electric wiring, finish carpentry, masonry projects, sheet rocking, wall papering, and interior exterior painting and landscaping. His website offers DIY home improvement projects and ideas for the DIY homeowner.  

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