How to Choose Your Ceiling Fan

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Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans provide year-round, energy efficient climate control. They also add beauty and interest to your home. Use this guide along with the LightingShowplace Web site to establish what you need.

What Size Ceiling Fan Do You Need?

Ceiling Fan Size

For maximum comfort and air efficiency the size of the ceiling fan should be determined based on the size of the room. Use the chart to the left to determine the fan size you need.

Choose Your Ceiling Fan's Style

Choose from a variety of styles, colors, energy-star compliancy* or price.

Note: If you're buying for a bathroom, kitchen or covered porch, choose fans rated for damp or wet environments

Product Specifications* (see the left hand side of the product page)

Do You Need a Ceiling Fan Light Kit?

Several of our ceiling fans include lights in the design of the fan; Other ceiling fans can have light kits added to them. You will find light kit options for your fan to be purchased separately in our "Recommended Options" section.

Do You Need Additional Fan Hanging / Operating Accessories?

Additional Downrods

Each fan comes with its own unique set of accessories. These may include downrods or remote / wall controls. Please see Product Specifications* to determine what accessories are included in the purchase price. Downrods are needed in order to bring the fan blades down to 8' or 9' above the floor so you can feel the air movement. If your ceiling fan has a light kit, reduce the length by 12". If downrods or controls are not included they can be purchased separately.

Fan Installation Styles

Low Ceilings

For safety, all blades must be at least 7" above the floor, if you have low ceilings (7" to 7 1/2" high) look for hugger fans.

Hugger Fan

Over 9' High

If your ceiling is higher than 9', refer to the chart above for suggested downrod lengths. The mounting hardware that comes with the fan will attach directly to the downrod.

Down Rod Fan

Just Under 8' High Ceiling

If your ceiling is 3" or 4" shy of 8' consider purchasing a fan with a "Low Ceiling Adapter".

Close Adapter Fan

Vaulted Ceilings

If your ceiling is angled more than 30°, you will also need a sloped ceiling adapter or vaulted ceiling adapter purchased separately.

Vaulted Ceiling Mounted Fan

8' to 9' Ceilings

Most fans are designed for 8' or 9' ceilings. If this is your ceiling height, you don't need an additional downrod.

Standard Mounted Fan