When summer comes, many people would directly use their large box fan or powerful box fan from their warehouse that’s been in storage for a long time, regardless of the cleanliness of the fan blades. But, before using them, we had better clean them, because the dirty fan blades would greatly reduce the efficiency of your box table fan and produce relatively less wind. Here is a question comes—How to clean the box fan? Fortunately, this post covers, the reasons why clean box fans, how to clean them(14 inch box fan and 10 inch box fan), and other frequently questions asked?

Reasons Why You Need to Clean Box Fan

In addition to improving the efficiency of the box cooling fan, the clean rotating box fan offers many benefits for you. Here are the main benefits that a clean rotating box fan brings.

The clean box fan blows clean and fresh air since there is no dust and dirt on the fan blades and cover.

The box fan also would be more durable and has a longer service lifetime.

After the cleaning, the rotating box fan works and blows as a brand new box fan does.


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Procedures for Cleaning a Box Fan

Since you clearly understand the importance of cleaning the box fan, it is time to teach you how to clean the box fan. There are six steps you need to follow.

Step 1: Unplug the box fan.

Unplugging the power cord of the box fan which is connected to the power outlet is the first and essential step. It can prevent electric shock accidents away. Then, you need to place it on a table or surface which provides a comfortable working height with you. But, before placing the box fan, the table or surface should be covered by some newspaper or something similar to protect it from dirt and dust.

Step 2: Remove Outer Covers

Unscrew the tiny screws that hold the plastic covers with the screwer. In this step, you need to ensure to unscrew all the screws in the front and back covers. After that, you should organize and place them in a safe space, in case of losing. You could also use a mini magnetic parts tray to store the screws.

Step 3: Clean the Covers

Three methods are available in this procedure, you could select the one which fits you to clean the covers.


  • The First Method: let the covers have a bath. Plug the water pipe into the tub and make sure the tub is filled with water to completely soak the covers. After that, put some detergent in and mix it in the water. After soaking them for a couple of hours, you should rinse the covers with clean water. Then, the dirt is washed off.


  • The Second method, you just need to prepare the vinegar and hose. First, you need to spray the vinegar on the surface of the box table fan. Then, use the hose to spray high-pressure water on the covers for cleaning the dust and dirt., and the dirt will come right off. But, if you want to clean the metal table fan, you had better not use this method, because the vinegar is faintly acid.


  • The Third Method: In this method, you need to make a mixture that is mixed with vinegar and water. Then, you should spray them on a soft cloth or paper towel. Then, use a wet soft cloth or paper towel to wipe them. In order to clean up difficult-to-clean areas, you had better use a paper towel and a q-tip.



Step 4: Clean the blades

The blades are the places that easily accumulate dust and dirt. You could spray the vinegar and water mixture or cleaning agent onto a clean cloth, and use the cloth to wipe the dirt away. But, sometimes, it is hard to clean the stubborn dirt with the mind method. If the above method makes no sense, you could try to depart the blades from your portable box fan and soak them in mildly hot water for a few minutes. However, it is not all portable box fans can be disassembled fully and are able to clean every part separately.

Step 5: Brush the Motor

From industrial box fan to silent box fan, the cleaning of the motor is regarded as the most important thing. You could use a dust brush to remove the dirt that is gathered in the motor.  You also need to make sure that the struts are also well wiped. The clean box cooling fan’s motor could well serve the blowing of the box table fan.

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Step 6: Reassemble the Box Table Fan

Before reassembling the covers and blades, you need to ensure the box table fan components have dried well. You also need to place back the covers and blades in their rightful position before screwing them firmly.


Question Frequently Asked

Here are some questions is frequently asked, which is related to the cleaning of the portable box fan.

How Often You Should Clean a Fan

It depends on the level of dust in the environment. Weekly or bi-weekly cleaning is a good idea. and complete cleaning for the box cooling fan should be done at least quarterly, especially during heavy-use periods. It is highly recommended that at least once a week check whether there is dust or dirt on the blades and housing.

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How to Clean Fans without Taking Apart?

There are two ideas to clean your modern box fan. The first one is to use a compressor, and the second one is to use a paintbrush. In the first method, you could take the fan outside and blow it out. In the second method, you can use a long and thin-handled paintbrush to move the dust away.


How Do I Stop My Fan from Getting Dusty?

After cleaning the decorative box fan, you could use a furniture or light waxing solution to keep your fan clean for a longer periods of time.


All in all, the cleaning job in the small box fan is easy if you follow the above six steps. After finishing the proper cleaning, you also need to use a bag or a plastic garbage bag cover and seal it well. If you still don’t want to clean the box fan, you could also buy a cheap box fan as an alternative.

Ceiling fans are a very popular addition to install in bedrooms, patios, and living rooms.Keep reading this article to learning How to install a ceiling fan? Scroll down!

How to Install a Ceiling Fan in 7 Simple Steps

A ceiling fan can cut energy costs all year round. It helps circulate cool air in the warm summer months, but it can also help push heated air back down from the ceiling in the winter, making the temperature feel warmer and allowing you to dial down the thermostat. It’s also a perfect weekend project for a homeowner, since many DIYers can usually accomplish the task in a few hours and enjoy the investment immediately.

Keep reading to find out how to install a ceiling fan to replace an existing overhead light fixture. If additional wiring is necessary for installation, consult an electrician, as all wiring must follow local codes.


  • – – Voltage tester
  • – – Ceiling fan kit
  • – – Ceiling outlet box (approved for a ceiling fan)
  • – – Expandable brace bar (if no access from above) or 2×8 framing lumber and screws
  • – – Wire connectors (if not included in the ceiling fan kit)
  • – – Screwdriver
  • – – Keyhole saw
  • – – Electrical tape
  • – – Needlenose pliers
  • – – Ladder or stepladder
  • – – Safety glasses
  • – – Dust mask

Safety Considerations for a Ceiling Fan Box Install

Whenever electricity and ladders are involved in a project, safety is of the utmost importance. To limit risks and prevent injury when replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan, follow these ceiling fan wiring safety precautions.

Always turn off the power source at the breaker box before starting a project that involves home wiring. Then, check that any wall switches are in the “off” position, but do not rely on just a wall switch for turning off the power as it presents some degree of risk.Always double-check that the wires are not live. While the electrical power to a switch or outlet can be turned off at the breaker box, it’s important to then use a voltage tester to make sure the breaker box was labeled correctly.When working on a ladder, make sure it is placed away from door openings and is placed on a secure and level surface.Keep your hips centered within the ladder frame when on a ladder, and climb down to move the ladder if something is beyond your reach.STEP 1: Select a ceiling fan that suits the size of the room.

When choosing a fan, note the size of your room. The blades need to be at least 18 to 24 inches away from all walls, a minimum of 7 feet from the floor, and 10 inches from the ceiling. Use the following figures as a guide to selecting the right size ceiling fan for your space:

36-inch fan if the room is less than 144 square feet42-inch fan if the room is between 144 and 225 square feet52-inch fan if the room is more than 225 square feet

Our researched guide to the best ceiling fans offers terrific fan options at a variety of price points. After selecting the fan, select a ceiling box that’s approved for fans. Boxes for overhead lights are not strong enough to support the weight of a fan; your best bet is to choose a metal box that can support a fan’s weight. If you have access from an attic above or have open ceiling framing, you can add framing between joists to attach the box. If not, use a brace bar. A brace bar can be screwed into the joists, and the ceiling box and fan will hang from the newly added support.

STEP 2: Remove the old unit and cut a new hole.

Make sure that the electricity at the breaker box is turned off, and then use a voltage meter to check that the wires are not live. Before beginning to remove the old light fixture, decide where the old fixture will be placed. If it is a large or heavy fixture, you may need the help of a friend to hold the fixture while you detach it from the ceiling.

Carefully remove the light fixture, and then detach the wires connecting the old fixture to the wires in the ceiling. Next, remove the old light fixture’s ceiling box with a screwdriver. Make sure the wiring is in good condition, and consult an electrician to evaluate it or replace it if necessary.

Check the ceiling hole to determine if it is the right size for the new ceiling box and fan by tracing the outline of the ceiling box onto the ceiling. Next, cut out the shape needed using a keyhole saw. The hole cut is usually about 5 inches in diameter.

STEP 3: Mount the ceiling fan brace bar.

Insert the ceiling fan brace bar into the ceiling hole. Position the ceiling brace box so it is centered above the hole and perpendicular to the ceiling joists. Next, twist the outer bar until it locks into the foot. Continue turning until the foot is fastened. Next, turn the inner bar to secure the other foot.

If you are renovating the room and are lucky enough to have open framing, there is the option to use lumber and a ceiling fan box instead of a brace bar with an attached box. Measure the distance between the ceiling joists, and then cut a 2-inch-by-8-inch piece of framing lumber to span the distance. Secure the wood block with three 3-inch deck screws to each joist. Then secure the ceiling fan box to the block using the recommended fasteners from the ceiling box manufacturer.

STEP 4: Connect the ceiling fan wires.

Carefully pull the wires through the knockout hole in the receptacle box. A handy pair of needle-nose pliers can help. Then, attach the fan’s mounting bracket with the hardware included. Attach the fan’s down rod with the ball end toward the ceiling, and secure (usually with an included cotter pin).

Next, connect the fan’s wires to the circuit wires: white to white, black to black, and the grounding wire to the green lead wire of the fan or a grounding screw. Secure all connections with wire connectors, and tuck them into the ceiling box.

STEP 5: Hang the ceiling fan.

The next step involves hanging the new ceiling fan. Depending on the size and weight of the fan, you may want to ask someone to help with this step.

Attach the canopy or medallion using the screws included. Install the blades using the supplied hardware. Make sure all screws are tightened securely to the blade irons to prevent wobbling. Manually rotate the blades to check that they are secure.

STEP 6: Follow the installation instructions for the light kit.

If your fan has a lighting kit, there will be a blue wire for the light. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for wiring the lighting kit: white to white, and blue to black. Secure the wires with connectors or electrical tape and tuck the wires into the switch housing. Attach the lighting kit to the fan using the screws supplied. Install any shades and bulbs.

STEP 7: Ensure everything is secure, then test the fan.

Do a final check to make certain the fan and its components are secure before turning the power back on at the breaker. Turn on the wall switch, and then slowly test out the fan at its lowest speed to make sure it operates properly.

Final Thoughts

Replacing a ceiling light with a new ceiling fan is a fairly easy DIY project. After selecting the new ceiling fan based on the room’s size and design preferences, and then gathering all of the needed supplies and tools, it’s an interior design update that can typically be completed in an afternoon.

FAQs About Hanging a Ceiling Fan

While the above steps for how to install a ceiling fan can apply to most home situations, there are often unique circumstances that bring up additional questions and concerns. Below are answers to some of the most popular questions about how to install a ceiling fan.

Q. How long does it take to install a ceiling fan without existing wiring?

If the house has functioning wiring and the ceiling fan is an addition to a current modern electrical plan, a professional electrician can usually install a new ceiling fan and wiring in a few hours.

Q. How do I know if my junction box will hold a ceiling fan?

One easy way to tell that a ceiling box can’t hold a ceiling fan is by checking its material. If it’s thin plastic, then it probably won’t be strong enough for a fan. If there isn’t a label indicating that it is rated for a ceiling fan, then it’s best to replace the box with a new box rated for ceiling fans.

Q. Can you hang a ceiling fan where a light was?

Yes, a ceiling fan can replace an existing ceiling light fixture.

How To Remove Glass Dome From Ceiling Fan

How do you remove a stubborn glass dome?

How do you remove a light dome from a ceiling fan?

How do you remove a glass dome light cover?

How do you remove the acrylic cover on a fluorescent light fixture?

Removing an Acrylic Cover To remove an acrylic cover from a fluorescent light fixture, push up on one of the short ends of the cover while supporting the other short end with your other hand. As you push up on one short end, angle that end of the cover up into the light fixture a little bit.

How do you remove fluorescent light covers without clips?

Wrap your fingers under the edge of the light cover if there are no clips or tabs. Pull outward and down. A lip on the inside of the cover may hold it in place. Set the cover gently on the ground or a work table so that it does not get scratched.

How do you remove a plastic ceiling light cover?

Access the plastic ceiling light, using a stepladder. Remove the plastic light shade by twisting it counterclockwise. Alternatively, loosen the fitter screws around the light base to remove the shade.

How do you get stuck finial off?

Try pressing up gently as you turn it, or alternatively try tightening slightly then undoing it – i’ve found both methods work occasionally.

How do you remove a glass shade from a light fixture?

Hold the glass shade securely up while turning the metal nub or finial counterclockwise to remove it, like a screw. Some models may require a screwdriver. Catch the metal parts in your hand; there may be a washer as well. Gently pull the glass shade downward off the metal post holding it in place.

How do you remove a canopy trim ring on a Bowin ceiling fan?

To remove the canopy trim ring, press firmly on opposite sides of the ring towards the canopy as shown in Figure 21. The tabs will flex out releasing the trim ring from the canopy. Bowin fans use several styles of fan blade irons (brackets that hold the blade to the fan).

How do I remove a round bathroom cover?

Flush Mount Locate the finial (the fancy decorative bit in the middle of the dome). Turn the finial anticlockwise to loosen it. Keep one hand on the dome. As you turn the finial the dome should start to come away from the base. Completely unscrew the finial and the dome should come away in your hand.

How do I remove a ballast cover?

Remove the Cover Plate Locate the wiring cover plate, usually in the center of the fixture. On either side of the cover, there will be tabs that catch in slots in the fixture. Squeeze the sides of the cover inward to slip the tabs out of the slots, and pull the cover down. This will expose the ballast and its wiring.

How do you open an overhead fluorescent light fixture?

How to Open a Fluorescent Light Fixture Turn off the light fixture that you want to replace. Use a step ladder to reach the fixture while giving yourself space to work. Locate the textured prongs on the outer part of the fixture. ( Push the prongs in with your fingers.

How do you remove ceiling rosettes?

Pull down gently on the putty knife handle, prying loose one small portion of the rosette or plaster. Adjust the blade left or right, then pry again. Repeat around the rosette until it is loose enough to pull off.

How do you remove a canopy ceiling fan ring?

Press on the canopy trim ring with your fingers to the right and left of the tab indicators. Facing one of the tab indicators on the canopy trim, place your hands at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions on the trim and press in. The tabs will flex outward, allowing the trim to release from the canopy.

Installing a Ceiling Fan Without Existing Wiring

Ceiling fans are a very popular addition to install in bedrooms, patios, and living rooms. If you have not purchased a ceiling fan yet, there are many options out there. You can find many affordable ceiling fan options on boqifan.xyz. When you want to add a ceiling fan, the most difficult step tends to be getting it wired into your electrical system, especially if you do not have an existing fan or light fixture already in place. Installing a ceiling fan without existing wiring means you will need to run cables to connect it to a power source. Electrical wiring can be tricky if you do not know what you are doing; many people will opt to let a professional do the job for them. Otherwise, read on for the steps you need to take for a do-it-yourself ceiling fan installation.

The first thing you will need to do is figure out where exactly the fan will be placed. The electrical junction box that the fan will attach to needs to be in between two joists for support and will be installed from the attic above the room where the fan will be located.Cut a hole in the ceiling about the size of the box and then bolt it to the two joists so that it is flush with the ceiling. This junction box needs to be extremely secure as it will be bearing the weight of the fan in addition to the vibrations it generates.

Your next step is deciding where to run the wires from the fan to. You have a couple different options here; the one that is best for you will depend on your house’s design and your existing wiring. If you already have an outlet in the same room, or another ceiling fixture in a neighboring room that you have access to from above, these will likely be the best places to connect your fan to. If there is no nearby existing wiring, you will need to run a new line to your home’s main electrical panel. Check out this guide for an in-depth guide to fan installation without any existing wiring, Once your wiring is in place all you need to do is mount your fan to the ceiling and it should be ready to use.

How To Install A Ceiling Fan Mounting Bracket?

Typically, ceiling fans are installed in most homes in order to keep it nice and cool, especially on long, hot days. If your ceiling fan is installed in your bedroom, then that’s great too. Having a ceiling fan installed in this room of the house is sure to make you sleep soundly, peacefully and comfortably.
How To Install A Ceiling Fan Mounting Bracket

If you’re trying to figure out how to install a ceiling fan mounting bracket, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will be detailing step by step how you can easily get it installed in your home.How To Install A Ceiling Fan Mounting Bracket

First of all, you can relax because the process is not complicated and can easily be done as long as you follow the instructions carefully. If you don’t want to call an electrician, it’s a process you can go through yourself. This is particularly beneficial if you’re trying to save some money.Tools You Will Need To Work?Adjustable wrench which is also known as a crescent.A Voltage tester.Wire cutters or a stripper.Pliers.Screwdrivers.Tape which is normally used by electricians.A ladder.A dust mask – Get a proper one if you can.Safety goggles.

Step 1: Choose the Area Where The Fan Will Be Installed

First, you will need to select a suitable spot for where you would like your ceiling fan to be installed.

When you’re scouting this area out, you need to bear in mind a factor like power outlets that are close enough to supply your fan with electric current. This should not be so hard if you already had an old fan that needs replacing.

Alternatively, you can choose to install the fan on a light fixture that is already there by simply replacing it. All you need to do is remove the fixture. This can be done by removing any light bulbs and, if it applies, decorative glass.

Next, you will need to remove the screws holding the fixture in place. After you’ve done this, you will need to break the connection by removing the plastic wiring. Once this is done, the fixture will be completely removed.

In some cases, the electric box is directly above the ceiling joist which will make the whole process much easier. In this case, all you need to do is bracket the joist to your ceiling fan.

If the electric box is located in the middle with two joists located on either side, you will need to go the route of installing a support bar.

Step 2: Install The Electric Box

You will need to get an electric box which backs the fan completely or has the capacity to do this. You can do this by checking the ratings which are stamped to it.

If the light fixture you where you want to install the fan is quite small, purchase an electric box that will be able to withstand vibrations from the fan.

You should have access to the attic in order to fix a support bar. In some instances, the bars will have a straight connection to joist via screws.

Cross pieces which are expandable and have spiky ends are cool to have in other examples. This is because of the fact that they provide you with the opportunity to just twist the crosspiece.

When this expansion occurs, you will be able to dig the spiky ends inside the joists quite easily and allows the fan to be properly held in place.

When you’ve removed the old box, wholly insert the retrofit box. You will need to place it above the hole. You will then need to rotate it via your hands.

Do this until the box looks like its protruding from the hole. The joist and crosspiece need to be at right angles as well.

Step 3: Fasten The Mounting Bracket

When you’ve ensured the electric box is its proper position, you can go ahead to securely install the mounting bracket. Large ceiling fans usually have a mounting bracket system installed.

These systems usually include a plan which allows you to screw it directly and also goes with the new wiring box. People have noticed that foam pads are visible in modern models. These foam pads are there to reduce any vibration or noise problems.

All you need to do is place the mounting bracket over the ceiling fan. To fix it to the wiring box, use the screws to do so.

You will notice they have been given a room in the bracket via a distinct shape. This part holds the ceiling fan rod and makes sure it is mounted down securely. The rod is there so that it can provide support to the fan motor.

Next, you will need to place the decorative ceiling plate. Use it to cover the mounting bracket and fix it. This may differ from model to model but things such as adhesives, screws and others are used to fix the plate.

Once you’ve done this, you will have to complete installing the fan while following the guidelines which came with the ceiling fan.

How To Add Smart Control To Your Old Ceiling Fan?

Steamy summer weather is difficult when you are indoors. A hot, still and humid environment does nothing for your motivation or productivity. If you find yourself with the mounting costs of running central AC or need to have a little more air movement in your rooms, it is well worth switching on the ceiling fan or installing one if you do not have one as yet.

How To Add Smart Control To Your Old Ceiling Fan

For cents on the dollar, you can enjoy the cooling sensation of moving air which is a great aid to sleep on sticky summer nights. Ceiling fans are simple, affordable, and no more difficult to install than a light fitting. Also, a ceiling fan can not just be used in summer but in the cooler months also to more evenly distribute the warm air in your home. No longer do you need to overlook your old fan as an outdated fitting. Ceiling fans are increasingly recognized as an energy-efficient and sustainable way of keeping cool and there is a range of great solutions on the market to help you get the most out of your fan.The precision performance of your ceiling fan is all about control

If you use your ceiling fan in the right way you will be amazed at the cooling performance you can enjoy. You can use your ceiling fan alone or in combination with your home air conditioning for an added boost. Knowing how to properly control your ceiling fan will mean that you always enjoy the excellent value that this low-cost form of home cooling brings.

The cooling performance of your ceiling fan will be affected by the angle and direction of the rotating blades and the speed of the fan. It is these that you need to proactively control for optimal performance. In summer months your fan blades should rotate in an anticlockwise for the cooling effect. The faster the fan speed, the stronger the draft of cool air blowing straight down.In winter you can gently enhance the warming effect of your home heating by running your fan blades in a clockwise direction at low speed. This keeps your warm air circulating well.Types of controls on ceiling fans

There are a few key types of control that most regular ceiling fans possess to assist you in using them properly. Traditional controls include:Ceiling fan chain switch. This traditional control adjusts the speed and direction of the fan by gently pulling on the attached chain.Variable speed wall control. This wall-mounted control allows easy adjustment of fan speed by a rotating movement.Single sliding fan control. This control allows the fan speed to be increased or decreased by a sliding movement.Dual fan and light control. These control both the fan and the light switch and maybe dimmable with variable control.Many fans carry a switch which changes the direction of the blade rotation from clockwise to counterclockwise.

Ceiling fan controls may be wall-mounted, remote-controlled or on the fan itself. In addition. Some wall panel controls centrally operate multiple fans and lights. Now, the ability to optimally control your ceiling fan has been massively extended by the introduction of novel, industry-leading ‘smart’ technologies that ads a whole new layer of precision control for operating your fan. IoT and smart technology means that you can switch your fan on and off with the phone in your hand.

You may be wondering what smart technology is and what it is doing in the home? SMART is, in fact, an acronym, and stands for Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology. Yes, it is very clever, but beyond that, this covers a range of technologies that are embedded in everyday objects to make them internet-connected, responsive and remotely programmable. Smart homewares, fittings, and products can, therefore, carry programmable software-based controls that enable you to enjoy the optimum performance of that object. These everyday items are now networked and part of the Internet of Things where they be controlled via wireless communication like WiFi and Bluetooth.

When applied to the humble ceiling fan, smart application afford you precision control of your fan’s operation; switching the fan on or off, changing direction and adjusting speed. Better still until classic infrared remote controls that have to be pointed at the object. A smart ceiling fan control can be operated from anywhere via a handy smartphone app. It really is that easy and convenient!

You can utilize the benefits of smart technology with your ceiling fan in one of 2 key ways:Purchase a new smart ceiling fan with these technologies already integrated with the fan.Use your existing fan but operate it using smart controls such as a programmable smart switch.

Both have their benefits, but you may be able to save if you know Ways To Add Smart Control To Your Old Ceiling Fan.So, which is better for you? A smart ceiling fan or smart switch?

If budget is not an issue, it all depends on the value and benefit to be gained for your particular circumstances.

‘Smartening up’ your existing ceiling fan

With your existing fan, you can work with what you have got and make it clever with any one of these Ways To Add Smart Control To Your Old Ceiling Fan.The smart remote control that works with any of your home’s remotely controlled devicesWall-mounted smart switchesSpecialist smart ceiling fan controls that are added to your existing fan

By choosing any of these widely available ways to add smart control to your old ceiling fan you save on the costs of purchasing and installing an entirely new ceiling fan while enjoying the benefits of smart connected controls. If you are new to using smart controls, a ceiling fan is a great place to start and you can test if this kind of technology will work for your household. Later on, in this article we take a look at some of the best options for this job on the market.

Be prepared to get out your tools or hire an electrician. These options are not plug and play and must be wired into your existing fan. Also, you need to be careful that your smart device is fully compatible with ceiling fans and won’t cause current problems and damage the fan motor. If you are cobbling together smart solutions you many end up with an unwieldy network and a large number of apps on your phone, so it is always best to look for the simplest solutions.Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to add smart control to your old ceiling fan that is on the market today:

1) The Ostrich Ceiling Fan Remote Control Kit, WI-FI Smart Fan Control

This kit is am ideal introductory package for promptly smart enabling your previously ‘dumb’ ol’ ceiling fan. Colorado-based company Ostrich specializes in smart home solutions and has created this smart converter for an existing ceiling fan. The kit contains the following: A wall-mountable remote control.A WiFi-enabled receiver with a load wire and neutral wire output.

The smart receiver is wired into your fan. This is done by opening up the ceiling-mounted unit of the fan and finding room to wire in the receiver. The receiver is designed to work with 98% of commercially available fans, but may not be suitable for some slimline fans where the unit would have to sit outside of the fan and be unsightly. If the unit is being installed with a chain controlled fan, this must be set to the highest speed setting for the device to be able to work. A slimline remote control can be used on the fan or be walls sit in its wall-mounted bracket. The remote control switches the fan on or off and adjusts speed, but it is when the app-based control kicks in that you see the full performance of this device. Here are the key smart functions available with the Ostrich smart fan control:Turn on and off with scheduled timersAdjust fan speed and light intensityCommand the fan speed and light intensity via paired Alexa or Google home assistantDownload and use the Smart Life App to control the fan.

The Ostrich smart fan converter kit is enjoying great sales and reviews on Amazon. Most purchasers are pleased with the performance of this device and report that it operates as described by the manufacturer. A small proportion of users have difficulty in pairing the device to their app or home assistant. Support direct from the manufacturer is responsive with lots of assistance and guidance to get your fan smartened up quickly.

2) SONOFF iFAN03 WiFi Ceiling Fan&Light Controller, APP Control&Remote Control

The iFan03 ceiling fan and the light controller is one of the best Ways To Add Smart Control To Your Old Ceiling Fan. It keeps things very simple and does not require the complexities of hubs or routers to operate. This is what you will be able to do with this smart device:Switch your fan on and offChange your fan speed between 3 settingsPair your fan to be operated by a phone app on one or more handsetsVoice-activated control of the fan with Alexa, Amazon Echo or Google assistants.

The sleek white and minimalist device also includes a remote control that can be wall-mounted. Mobile and Alexa operation takes place via the eWeLink smart home application which covers everything necessary to fully control the fan from anywhere via your phone.

Users are generally positive about the SONOFF smart fan and light control but a number of problems seem to be recurrent.A poor fit under some fan canopiesSpeed settings that are too slow for US fansThe device is unable to dim the light

However, there were few problems in promptly pairing the device and the price is competitive enough to give it go on smartening your ceiling fan.

3) GE Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus Smart Fan Control

This is a high quality, well-engineered control from General Electric. You probably won’t be able to find more reputable ways to add smart control to your old ceiling fan. Rather than fiddle around with your fan’s canopy to insert a device, this high-quality option involves hard wiring in a robustly designed smart switch in the wall. To work the smart switch will require a neutral wire so it is essential to check that this is available.

The switch comes with Z-wave technology that boasts better and faster connectivity, energy efficiency and increased wireless range. This switch offers complete control of your ceiling fan from almost any kind of parable devices, such as laptop, phone, tablet or home assistant.

With this switch, you can turn on and adjust the speed of your ceiling fan across high, medium and low settings. Some report that there is also a version of this switch that is dimmable and changes the settings using a slider.

The reviews for this product are fairly mixed. Some people find it performs as described and others struggle with getting the switch wired in and it’s the operation of the fan. Users of voice-activated personal assistants like

Ceiling Fan. It keeps things very simple and does not require the complexities of hubs or routers to operate.

Ways To Add Smart Control To Your Old

This is what you will be able to do with this smart device:

Alexa cannot use Z-wave technology directly but need to connect via a compatible hub.

4) Lutron PD-FSQN-WH Caseta Wireless Smart Fan Speed Control

This wireless smart fan speed control is an ideal solution for conveniently smartening your basic household

fan. The switch prioritizes on and off and speed control and requires professional wiring and configuration to

involve lights. However, it does what its name says reliably, and offers 4 wirelessly controlled speed settings

for your existing AC fan. A neutral wire is also required for this smart switch to work.

This switch requires wall wiring and installation and is compatible with Alexa Google Assistant and other smart home brands.

With this smart fan switch, you can schedule your fan’s operation and integrate it with other smart devices, wireless remotes, and home networking.

This device is popular and is currently running at a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.com. Users find it performs just as described and obviously would like the fanlight to be able to be controlled with the same switch. Also, this switch is not compatible with certain ceiling fan brands such as Hunter so it is important to check with the manufacturer before you buy.5) Hunter 99107 SimpleConnect Programmable Control, Small, White

Fan experts Hunter wants to be at the cutting edge of integrating smart technology in ceiling fans. It is clear from their range of smart fans, remotes, and controls that they are still developing this expertise and if they master the tech side of things they will achieve a market-leading combination. This smart programmable control will attract buyers who expect the quality of this heritage brand. It is a programmable control that works effectively with all the major brands of ceiling fans.

Simply plug in the Bluetooth enabled controller into your socket and control your fan via a downloaded smartphone app. The control comes with a recovery that is hard-wired into the fan canopy. The app works for both lights and fan operation. This controller works with all major pull chain fans and can be used on single or multiple units. The SIMPLEConnect app allows you to schedule your fan’s operation switch on and switch off and control speeds.

This is a relatively simple way of getting all the benefits of a smart control without the hassle of networking and hubs. When performing properly it is simple enough for most people to use and enjoy as a basic wireless control.

Reviews of this product are relatively poor which points to the need for Hunter to do a bit more product development for consistent operation. A big misunderstanding is that this control is not one that can be integrated with other smart networking or apps but is rather a Bluetooth enabled remote control. Despite the price tag, this is a very basic smart upgrade for your ceiling fan.Smart ceiling fans: an alternative

A smart ceiling fan’s key feature is the integration of smart software that allows the fan to be controlled remotely by phone, voice or smart home hub. Using widely available smart technology you can:Switch your fan on or off from anywhere in the world via a handy smartphone app.You can program your fan to come on or switch off at the time of your choice.You can boost your home security by operating your fan and its light to make your home look occupied.You are able to program the duration and speed of your fan’s operation.You can synchronize the performance of your fan with home air conditioning and other devices for maximum energy efficiency and money-saving.You can link the fan’s activation to a specific internal temperature threshold.You can link your fan to voice-activated software and personal assistants like Amazon Alexa.Smart ceiling fans can be programmed to come on only if a room is occupied.If your smart ceiling fan has an integrated light, that can be programmed also.

Here are some leading examples of smart ceiling fans that make upgrading your ceiling fan worth it.

1) The Haiku by Big Ass Fans RRP

The brand name says it all! And if you cannot be bothered to rewire an existing fan this beautiful ceiling fan is probably the ultimate upgrade. These stylish fans are a cross between an architectural feature and a work of art and boast broad 52″ blades that gracefully and powerfully sweep your room for a low energy refreshing breeze.

Big Ass has put cutting edge design, engineering, and craftsmanship into these beautiful fans which come in a range of classic and contemporary finishes. Silence is golden for the Haiku as it is factory balanced to not wobble or click during use. It offers 10 fan settings and a dimmable LED spotlight.

If it’s efficient and quiet performance is not enough, The Haiku ceiling fan is 100% smart. The smart technology that is integrated into the fan means that this ceiling fan can be remotely controlled. Smart features include:App-based smartphone controlVoice-activated control using Alexa or Google personal assistant devices. It can be readily paired with Amazon Echo.An additional remote control is included with the fan.

This fan has proven popular online but some owners are disappointed that The Haiku does not support SenseMe technology and therefore cannot be integrated with thermostats and room temperature control. The price point is also controversial, but most purchasers are very satisfied with its silent, powerful performance.

2) The ANKEE Smart ceiling fan with lighting

If the various Ways To Add Smart Control To Your Old Ceiling Fan don’t work out for you, you can consider overhauling your ceiling fan with this presentable and practical Wifi and remote enabled model.

This 52″ bladed fan sports contemporary styling with a single central LED light which is dimmable. The brushed nickel effect blades perform quietly and the cool white LED light now ideal for a restful bedroom.

The ANKEE ceiling fan has integrated smart technology which means the fan can be turned on and off via your smartphone or Alexa or Google personal assistant. This is a great solution for hands free control and a remote is supplied for direct use.

This smart ceiling fan runs into one of the key problems that affect smart fans, the intermittent performance of the WiFi-enabled app. For a number of users, this performance is inconsistent which means that the fan has to be used just like a normal fan which, of course, is a big disappointment given the expense. If your smart ceiling fan is unreliable, it is probably better to use ways to add smart control to your old ceiling fan and save on the expense of a smart fan that doesn’t perform consistently.

3) Minka-Aire F868L-ORB Sleek 60″ Smart Ceiling Fan with LED Light and Remote Control, Oil Rubbed Bronze

Many of the newer smart fans not only use this ingenious technology, but also have great design aesthetics and discreet quieter motors. This sleek and modern smart ceiling fan has generously broad 60″ blades which make an industrial-chic statement in oil rubbed bronze. With this fan you can choose from 6 speeds and also enjoy a dimmable central LED light. Installation is simple and you can choose from a range of down rod lengths to get the setting of your ceiling fan just right in any room. The daylight LED light is bright enough to fully illuminate a room.

For the non-tech oriented, a handy remote control comes with the smart ceiling fan to enable you to control the fan in an alternate way.

This manufacturer has created a considered smart ceiling fan as they have clearly gotten experts Bond Technology involved in developing the technology.

This smart ceiling fan possesses the following features and capabilities:Connect the fan via WiFi to the smart home system of your choice.Controlled via the Smart by Bond app which you can download onto your android or iOS phone.Connect to Alexa, Google personal assistant for voice-activated control.In addition, this fan can be used with Hubitat, SmartThings, Control4, and ELAN.

This fan is only carrying a few Amazon reviews, but they are all 5 out of 5 . Users find that the fan not only looks great but can be installed under 2 hours and performs just as advertised. The app control interface is easy to configure and can be used to control more than one fan. The partners with smart home specialists Bond has certainly paid off and this smart ceiling fan demonstrates that your technology has to be reliable, no matter the style of the fan. Final Thoughts

It’s very clear that the days of fiddling with chains and switches on your ceiling fan are over and the smart revolution has come. If you want to dip your toe but are not yet ready for a fully smart home, smartening your ceiling fan is a great place to start. It’s great that a variety of controls and switches can be added to an existing fan for superb remote control and scheduling. Shop around and see what is available to get your dumb fan smartened up.

It seems the major problem with this technology is the consistency of its performance and a variety of compatibility issues. These issues with smart technology are also present with smart fans so it is well worth trying the more affordable hacks for your old fan first. Remember for many of the switch options you will need a neutral wire and also establish id your fan runs on AC or DC current before buying. The size of your fan canopy is also a key consideration to make sure to holds and conceals the wired in receiver.

Buying new probably advantages you with the performance and style of a well designed and balanced ceiling fan, but the tech side is still variable given the high cost involved.

Do you own a smart fan or have you converted an older fan? Let us know your thoughts, comments, ideas and feedback. Thank you for reading!

Ceiling fans are a great invention: they make a room’s temperature feel around 5-8 degrees cooler than it otherwise might. The light is often adjustable too, allowing for the light to be dimmed to provide ‘mood lighting’ as required. But sometimes you’ll want more control over the lighting than the current fixture provides – which is where smart lights can help.

Smart lights can be successfully used in most ceiling fans (assuming you can find bulbs that fit the smaller socket type), but if the ceiling fan acts as a dimmer then smart light bulbs probably might not work because the supplied power can vary up to 30%.

When you can/can’t use smart light bulbs in ceiling fans

Firstly check the bulb size

The first thing to check is the bulb size: whilst there are plenty A17 smart bulbs available, many ceiling fans use A15 bulbs – and historically there haven’t been as many A15 smart bulbs available.

Heck, at the time of writing, Philips Hue still doesn’t produce an A15 smart bulb variant. So what are your choices?

Buy a ceiling fan that supports a more common bulb size, such as A19s. Philips Hue (and many other smart bulb providers) make A19s.Go on Amazon (or similar) and buy an alternate brand A15 smart bulb, of which there are now some choices as the ‘AL A15 smart bulb‘ for $13.99. This supports Alexa, so apart from having to download a new phone app to set it up, you won’t have any major inconvenience with these alternate brand bulbs.

Check dimmer options

Many ceiling fans have dimmer light options, sometimes via a pull cord but often through the remote control. Dimmer lighting works by giving less electrical power (voltage) to the light fitting, which then produces less light.

It’s the same thing that happens when there’s a storm (or power interruption) and all the lights flicker and go a bit dimmer, before going back to full power and brightness.

Dimmer lighting is nice, however most smart bulbs do not work well with it: since they are an electrical device with a control board, WiFi (or Bluetooth) chip and more, smart bulbs need a fairly consistent level of input voltage.

What this all means is that a ceiling fan which acts as a dimmer can deprive smart bulbs of their required power, potentially damaging them. You therefore have two options here:

Buy a ceiling fan which doesn’t have any dimming functionality. These are usually cheaper, and work better with smart bulbs: a win-win!Disable the dimming functionality on your ceiling fan if possible, or alternatively leave it at 100% brightness (i.e. 0% dimming) so that the power supplied to your smart bulbs should be consistent.

One caveat here is to keep a close eye on temperatures. Some bulbs can get hot in dimming ceiling fans when left at 100% brightness, so be sure that the temperatures are within the acceptable temperature range (both of the fan and the smart bulbs).

Leave the fan light ‘on’

Seasoned smart bulb owners will already know this, but in order to control the smart bulb, you need constant power going to it. In other words, it needs to be turned on and left on – either on the switch, or via the remote control.

Then you can turn the bulb on/off via Alexa/Google Home or the smart bulb’s phone app.

The same is naturally true for ceiling fans – you will have to get used to avoiding the ‘lights off’ part of the remote (or switch), and instead always leave it on.

Check for voltage limiting

Some people have reported their ceiling lights provide reduced voltage to the bulbs, either as part of hidden ‘dimming’ features (despite their ceiling fan saying they have no dimming features) or energy saving features due to the Energy Policy Act.

If you plug in your smart bulb and see it flash/flicker constantly, this issue might be affecting you. The solution here is to either see if you can turn off any dimming features (possibly by holding down certain buttons), or potentially removing the limiting circuit.

This would very much be dependent on the individual ceiling light model so I won’t go into it more, but needless to say that limited voltage supply will probably be bad for your smart bulbs so it’s worth sorting this out if it affects you.

Can you use Philips Hue bulbs in a ceiling fan?

A frequently asked question is whether you can use Hue smart bulbs in your ceiling fan. As touched on earlier, the answer depends on what bulb size your ceiling fan uses.

If your fan only supports A15 bulbs, Philips Hue don’t currently manufacture for this size so you are probably out of luck.

I say ‘probably’ because you might be able to buy light bulb socket adapters/converters. These can convert between sizes – so if your ceiling fan only supports A15, an A19 to A15 converter would allow you to buy the Philips Hue A19 smart bulb, and then the converter will fit into the fan’s bulb socket.

The downside of this approach is that the converters stick out a bit, and sometimes you won’t have the vertical clearance for a smart bulb plus a bulb converter. Be sure to check this first – if space is tight, this option probably won’t work.

Smart switches for ceiling fans

In addition to smart light bulbs, smart light switches can enhance things further and provide awesome features like automatically turning lights on when you walk in a room.

If your ceiling fan only comes with a remote or pull cord, you probably can’t easily convert to use smart light switches (the Insteon Ceiling Fan and Light Controller could work, but isn’t simple to install), but if you have wall-mounted switches for your fan, you should be fine.

The usual approach here is to swap out the wall-mounted ceiling light switch for a smart light switch, and this should work well to smartly control your ceiling fan like any other smart switch/bulb. However if you’re in any doubt, be sure to consult an electrician.

However you could also swap the other (fan speed) switch with something like the GE Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus Smart Fan Control – assuming you have a Z-Wave controller. This then means that both functions of your ceiling fan can be controlled in a smart way via voice and app control.

Controlling the fan speed is more effort than just the lighting aspects (due to the need for a Z-Wave controller and separate switch), but it’s probably worth swapping to a smart light switch if you have a wall-mounted ceiling fan light switch.

Best smart bulbs for ceiling fans

There’s quite a few different options for smart bulbs you can use – and I’d suggest that you read the first section if you haven’t already. But assuming you understand that not all bulbs fit into all ceiling fans, the top 3 smart bulbs I’d recommend (across different bulb sizes) are:

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19

The A19 Hue bulbs won’t fit into traditional A15 ceiling fans without an adapter, but if they do fit it’s worth considering because Hue smart bulbs are one of the best on the market.

They aren’t cheap at $75 for two bulbs, although they do get cheaper during Amazon sales. These are the most popular smart bulbs fitted in ceiling fans and even people with dimming fans haven’t noticed any long term issues (once the dimming is disabled).

Cree BA19 Connected 60W Equivalent Soft White

This cheaper option from Cree works out at under $10 per bulb and they produce a nice soft light assuming you’re happy with just white light (and that BA19s fit your ceiling fan, of course).

They support Alexa, ZigBee and the Wink app, meaning that this budget option has a good amount of integration support with your smart home controller.

Ikea TR / DFRI bulb range

A final shout-out goes to Ikea’s TR / DFRI smart bulb range, which work out at a similar price to the Cree range but they also support dimming.

In other words, you can use the phone app’s wireless dimming support or buy a TR/DFRI remote control to control the dimming, whilst also extending things further with the TR?DFRI motion sensor kit to easily turn your ceiling fan’s lights on as you walk into the room.

The downside is that Ikea’s smart home features are not too open, i.e. they don’t naturally support Alexa or Google Home, but we’ve heard that they work well with SmartThings. Plus there is a third party Alexa skill to control Ikea smart devices through your Alexa… but the reviews aren’t the best.

Can Bowin control a ceiling fan?

The short answer is: yes! As this article has covered, there are quite a few different smart bulb and smart switch options, and nearly all these work with Alexa.

Philips Hue and Cree – mentioned earlier – support Alexa (and other smart speakers) out of the box, whilst Ikea’s TR/DFRI range requires an Alexa skill which isn’t the best reviewed but should work for general on/off purposes.

In terms of switches, nearly all smart light switches will also work just fine with Bowin, and the GE enbrighten fan speed controller also supports Bowin.

Can smart light bulbs be used in ceiling fans?

When I was automating my room I thought:?Can smart light bulbs be used in ceiling fans? It would be awesome to see my fan changing colors according to my daily routines!, but as the receptacle of the ceiling fan was so tight, my hesitation increased as soon as I popped out the light cover.

Essentially, most smart light bulbs can fit in a ceiling fan for automation purposes. For the installation, it’s imperative that you choose the type of socket and the correct size. If the fan has a light dimmer, do not use it, otherwise, it will reduce the power going into the smart bulb.

But how do I choose which smart light bulb works best for my ceiling fan?

Do I have to go to home depot and ask a representative there?

We will learn quickly how you can choose your smart light bulb without going nuts.

Types of ceiling fans with lights

To help you out with the best information possible, I gathered the most common ceiling fans that use bulbs so you can choose the right one for you.

Standard Ceiling Fan

This is the most common ceiling fan you can find in the market.

It has a regular design that works awesome in most homes and it has a light cover that is secured with two bolts.

For this model, a Hue Philips white smart bulb would to the trick.

But keep in mind that this bulb goes threaded in the socket, which is, by the way, the most common way to secure the light in a fan.

But as life tricks you every time, for example, in my room, I do not have this threaded socket.

The light that goes there is secured with two pins only. I think it’s called a two-pin connection.

So, what I did? I just got a regular thread-socket for replacement.

It was a matter of cutting two cables and soldering the new ones, which in most cases, wouldn’t be a problem.

Now about the clearance of the light cover, I was a little hesitant about it.

I decided to go to the Philips Hue light because of its shape and it worked beautifully.

In case you want to use the same light, make sure you can fit a regular light bulb there first.

Because otherwise, it won’t fit the smart one.

Low profile Ceiling fans

This ceiling fan has the same light configuration in most cases as the standard model.

The big difference between the standard is that is installed directly on the bracket mount making it closer to the ceiling

But as far as the light, they are pretty much the same.

So, for this model, I would choose the same: Philips Hue smart bulb.

But again, before getting the bulb, make sure the light cover has enough clearance to get a regular bulb.

As long it fits, a smart one will fit as well.

Ceiling fan with lights

These ones are the most fun

Why? Because you can see the bulbs coming out of the light cover!

And that means that you can fit nearly any type of smart bulb!

You can get three or four of them depending on the configuration and you will transform your fan into a smart show.

What I would personally do if I had this type of fan ceiling, is to program different types of colors!

Now, my boring ceiling fan is not going to bring a rainbow inside my living room or wherever it is installed.

Outdoor ceiling fans

Another great opportunity for light automation

As long as the water isn’t getting close to the contacts, a smart light bulb is the best option for this ceiling fan.

Most outdoor fans do not have light covers! Which is awesome because you can get directly the best smart light bulb

The huge Philips smart bulb is the way to go.

Remember to ensure that the light socket is threaded. If not, you’ll have to get the proper one.

The installation is extremely simple, there are even ones with bolts so you wouldn’t need to weld anything in case you find it too challenging.

Smart light bulb ceiling fan: Energy-Star ceiling fans

smart light bulb ceiling fan

These fans only differ from the standard ones in their energy efficiency

In case you don’t know,?Energy-Star?is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to try to control how much energy an appliance needs run on a daily basis.

If a ceiling fan has an energy-star rating, it means that it will consume less energy than regular ones.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the light will behave worse or something like that.

It’s just a matter of energy efficiency that it’s cool to have.

In terms of knowing if a smart light bulb will work with this ceiling fan, you’re in for a treat.

Again, a smart light bulb like the Philips hue will do the job just fine.

But remember what I said for the other models,

There are thousands of ceiling companies that sell ceiling fans, and their designs vary a lot!

So make sure of two things:

  • The light cover has clearance to let the Philips hue fit in and
  • The socket must be threaded, otherwise, you would need to change it.

Dual motor ceiling fans

These ceiling fans are designed to cover wider areas.

Again, the same principle applies to this kind of fan.

Also, when I was analyzing this model, I remembered something very important:

The voltage that this ceiling fan could vary depending on the country you live in.

There are dual motor ceiling fans that run at 240V. in this case, the smart light bulb that can be used with this ceiling fan has to withstand that amount of voltage

Otherwise, you can make an accident!

Be sure that the Philips Hue light in your country works from 110v to 220v at least.

But in general, the other principles apply to this model.

Remote-controlled ceiling fans

Remote-controlled ceiling fans

The remote-controlled ceiling fan made by Bowin, at least the premium one, can dimmer the light by itself.

The remote has a percentage where you can decide how low or high you want it.

So, if you own this type of model, I guess you wouldn’t need a smart light bulb to reduce light intensity.

But in case you want to change colors, create morning routines, and really automate your living room or bedroom

The Phillips hue is the best way to go.

I recommend it so much because it is LED powered.

And what that means?

Well, that it can last way more than other types of models.

LED lights are even used on airplanes for illumination, and there’s a reason for that.

And if you know a little bit more about smart illumination you could think

What about Lifx for example?

These lights are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but the one I’ve chosen for my ceiling fan was the Philips Hue.

I’ve tried them and they work really well.

Smart Light bulb for ceiling fan

Smart Light bulb for ceiling fan

In general, the best smart light bulb for any type of ceiling fan is the Philips Hue.

Lifx develops a good smart bulb that could do the trick as well

There are lots of models for LIFX smart bulbs. In my personal recommendation would be to get the ones that are smaller! Because once you get them, you would want to install them right away

And it would be really sad that they couldn’t fit the light compartment in your fan.

After you passed all the hassle of installing the smart bulb on your ceiling fan

The real fun will start

You can change the colors with your voice!! Using Amazon Alexa or Google assistant

You will have total control of your lights on your fan and take a little step further into your automation journey.

By integrating Smart Bulbs into your wireless network, you can control the brightness and color of individual lights. You can also create lighting scenes and schedules, optimize your electricity usage, and all of this on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. If you’re starting to think about adding more smart bulbs to your setup, you may be wondering if you can add them to your ceiling fans as well.

You can use Smart Bulbs in a ceiling fan that has the correct sockets, but most ceiling fans have the smaller A15 sockets, which few Smart Bulbs are designed for. Luckily, you can use smart switches and dimmer controls to get around this limitation.

Smart technology is becoming more sophisticated as the days go by, and the integration between these very useful devices is becoming more pronounced. For that reason, it’s wise to learn more about smart devices and what kind of equipment they need to function at their maximum potential.

Using Smart Light Bulbs

Using Smart Light Bulbs

Smart Bulbs, like the steadily increasing number of “smart” devices and appliances now on the market (like the Smart Wi-Fi Alexa Bulb on Amazon, for instance) offer a level of control and flexibility many people find desirable. Through a wireless internet connection, one can make Smart Bulbs turn on and off, dim, and even change colors if the bulb offers that option.

There are many sizes and brands of Smart Bulbs to choose from. They all vary in efficiency, brightness, and features, and many will have their own dedicated apps for control. Nearly all Smart Bulbs are intended to be compatible with a “smart” home control system such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit (Via Hue Bridge), or Samsung SmartThings.

Some Smart Bulbs require downloading an app specifically designed by the manufacturer. Ikea, for example, offers a proprietary line of Smart Devices which include Smart Bulbs. Finally, most Smart Bulbs only require being screwed into an available socket, but some systems also require installing a specialized network hub connected to your Wi-Fi router which enables control of smart devices.

When shopping for Smart Bulbs, consider the ease of use and installation of their accompanying system. There are many to choose from, and some may integrate more easily with systems you are already comfortable using. Pay attention to your system before you go out and buy one because your needs may be different depending on what device you’re using.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Smart Bulb for a Ceiling Fan

Light Bulb Socket Size

When you’ve decided to add Smart Bulbs to your ceiling fans, the first step is to check the type of bulb that your ceiling fan uses, and what wattage bulb is appropriate. All light bulbs are categorized by a letter and number combination indicating the bulb shape and size. If the bulb doesn’t fit into your fan’s fixture, it won’t work.

The most common light bulb size is A17, and Smart A17 bulbs are easy to find. A15 Smart Bulbs are rarer but, unfortunately, they’re the size more commonly used in ceiling fans. If you do want an A15 size Smart Bulb, a couple of examples include the Misfit Bolt, available from Home Depot, and the Al 15 Smart Bulb from Amazon.

If the right sized Smart Bulbs aren’t available, consider a bulb converter. An A19 to A15 size bulb converter would allow you to use a larger, more common size Smart Bulb in the place of the smaller A15 socket. This is an easy and inexpensive solution, but be aware that the adapter and larger bulb together will change the look of the fixture, and that the larger bulb might not have enough space to fit properly.

Smart Bulb Brand

Smart Bulb Brand

Once you’ve got a lead on which size Smart Bulb to use, the next question is which brand. If you’re already using Smart Bulbs in your home, it’s going to be easiest to continue with the brand of Smart home system that is currently working for you. Some recommended Smart Bulb options include the following which can all be found on Amazon: the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19, the Cree BA19 Connected 60W Equivalent Soft White, or the Ikea TR?DFRI bulb range (on Ikea).

If you’re new to Smart Bulbs, be sure to consider which lighting features you’re looking for, as well as what interface would be the easiest to install and use for you. Be aware that some interfaces are not able to group individual lights together, which could make the ceiling fan lights a pain to adjust. Make sure to look for this feature when researching, and to choose your system carefully.

Design Features and Efficiency Rating

Once you’ve chosen a smart home system, simply select the bulb by its desired features and efficiency rating. Consider that features such as color-changing and adjustable whiteness are very hip and fun to play with, but may not get much practical use, and often add to the price of the Smart Bulbs. Finally, when installing your Smart Bulbs, make sure the switch for your ceiling fan’s light control is set and left to “on.”

If your fan uses a dimmer for the light setting, adjust and leave it at the maximum setting. These steps ensure that your Smart Bulbs will always have the voltage they need (our comprehensive guide) to work properly. If your ceiling fan and its attached lights do not have independent controls, or if the light switches cannot be left on, installed Smart Bulbs may not work well for you.

Making the Ceiling Fan Switch Smart Instead of the Light Bulbs

If changing to Smart Bulbs won’t work for your ceiling fan situation, consider replacing the switch that controls the attached lights, or the fan. Smart Switches are easy to find and can replace a standard “dumb” light switch with a little work installing. There are some Smart Switches specifically designed for ceiling fans as well, such as the Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus Smart Fan Control (from Amazon), which can be used for fan control or for dimmable lighting.

The considerations when choosing a Smart Switch are similar to when choosing Smart Bulbs. You won’t be able to change a standard light bulb’s color with a Smart Switch, but you will be able to control the ceiling fan’s light brightness via both Wifi and the switch itself, which could be desirable (we argued in our other article that smart plugs can also be used for dimming as well). As always, choose a Smart Switch that integrates easily with your existing smart home system.

If your ceiling fan uses only a remote control or a pull switch to control the lights, the Smart Switch option might not be best for you. If this is the case, reconsider the Smart Bulb option, making sure to always leave your remote set to “on”, at its maximum brightness, or the pull switch set to “on,” as well.

How to Solve the Smart Ceiling Fan Problem

If you’ve come this far and none of the above suggestions have worked for you, but you’re still feeling keen to exert Smart control over your ceiling fan and its lights, know that you still have options. One is to rewire your existing ceiling fan so that Smart Switches (our guide) can be used to control it. Note that this isn’t the simplest fix.

It may require an electrician, but depending on the application and size of the fan, it just may be the best option for you. The next option is to get a new fan. At this point, you might consider the inexpensive route and select another “dumb” ceiling fan, but one that can use available Smart Bulbs. Sometimes simplicity is best.

Finally, there are a few Smart Ceiling Fans on the market. The brand Lcaoful offers two models, on that’s 52-inches in diameter and a smaller 36-inch version (both on Amazon). The spectrum of styles and colors are limited, and the physical space profile and price are generally higher. It’s likely that as demand continues to grow, more options will become available.

As you can see, adding Smart lighting to your ceiling fan isn’t entirely a simple question, and there are a number of variables to consider. If there’s a message to leave you with, it’s that the simplest solution is often best, because there is no sense in needlessly complicating something when a simple solution is available.

Do Philips huge bulbs work in ceiling fans?

Philips huge bulbs work in a ceiling fan that has two separate switches. One for the light and the other for the ceiling fan. The switch used for the light needs to be without dimmer.

So now we know how it should be. You might think why it’s so! Let me get to that.

Why Does Smart Light Bulbs/Philips Hue Bulb need to have its own switch?

Normally, we don’t want to leave unnecessary things that run on electricity turned on, since this will only raise the utility bill.

However, when you want to use smart lights you need to consider that these lights need to be left on 24/7.

That means when you switch the Hue light bulb on it needs to stay on. This way you can be sure you have wireless control over the bulb all day every day.

If you have a ceiling fan with one switch to control the light and ceiling fan then it will not work, because you would need to leave the fan turned on all the time in order for the hue bulb to be connected.

Having a ceiling fan with two switches will work perfectly.

The moment your light loses power it is cut off from your smart home device and is no longer wirelessly controllable. The smart light is using electricity even when it is turned off.

When you live alone then the manual wall switch will not be a problem because no one will be playing with it or just forget that it needed to be on.

But when you have a household with kids then it’s a good idea to exchange your old manual wall switch for the smart switch. This way the smart light will not turn to dumb light every day.

Believe me, it will avoid the constant arguing about who has played again with the switch. Even more, save your nerves and everyone’s good mood.

The smart switch also removes the small delay problems that can sometimes occur with old school wall switches when used with smart light.

Smart switches are getting more and more popular and people really like them. This smart switch on Amazon is one that works well, has many different functions, and looks nice.

Why Smart Light Bulb Don’t Work With Dimmer Switch

Smart lights are designed with their own dimming mechanism built-in. When you now connect your smart light with an extra dimmable wall switch then two dimmers can go to battle and make your light flicker.

Using a wall dimmer switch can even damage your smart light. In order for the smart bulb to work it needs a constant AC current flowing to it. If there is a dimmer in between this current will be altered and the bulb will not work properly. It is very important that there is no dimmer switch installed for a smart bulb.

Choose a Correct Socket For Your Smart Bulb

Before you decide to buy new smart lights for your ceiling fan you need to make sure they will fit in your fan.

Some ceiling fans have built-in led lights that are not designed to be changed.

These fans have been designed to last less than the lights that come with them. If that’s the case then unfortunately you cannot use a smart bulb in your ceiling fan.

Another case is if you have a ceiling fan that has lights that are changeable but the socket is not right. Here is an easy solution if there is little extra space. You can buy these adapter sockets from amazon to change a small chandelier (E12) to the standard socket (E26/E27).

It is even better if you are looking to buy a ceiling fan. Then you can make sure to go with the fan that have right bulb socket and just skip this problem.

Can you use any light bulb in a ceiling fan?

Ceiling fan manufacturers can use a variety of light bulbs sizes in their ceiling fan light kits. As a result not all fans use the same size light bulbs. This can cause a bit of confusion when it comes time to replace or upgrade the bulbs. The most common ceiling fan bulbs found are Candelabra and Intermediate.

What kind of lightbulb goes in a ceiling fan?

There are 4 main types of light bulbs used in ceiling fans – Candelabra, Mini Candelabra, Intermediate, and Medium. Here, candelabra and intermediate are commonly used bulbs, mini candelabra is used in new ceiling fans, and medium-light bulb fitting is seen in older ceiling fans.

Can I use a CFL bulb in any fixture?

It’s possible to find ENERGY STAR qualified CFL incandescent equivalents that can replace regular incandescent bulbs in almost any fixture.

Do you need special light bulbs for ceiling fans?

If your ceiling fan light fixture is the sole source of light for the room, you’ll want a bulb that can provide the most illumination as possible. … Anything less than 800, such as a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb, will simply not be bright enough for lighting an entire room.Why dont LED bulbs work in my ceiling fan?

Check to see that the bulbs are screwed into their sockets. Check that the bulbs have the proper wattage for the ceiling fan light assembly. Confirm that the non-working bulb is burned out by testing it in a working lamp. Replace any burned out bulbs with new bulbs that have the correct wattage.

Can I use LED bulbs in my Hunter ceiling fan?

If you are operating your fan with pull chains, yes you can use LED bulbs. How ever due to inconsistencies in the manufacturing process of LED light bulbs, we do not recommend replacing your CFL or incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs in ceiling fans with remote controls.

Can you use 100 watt bulb in ceiling fan?

A bulb rated for a given wattage and lumens is less efficient (uses more power) than a bulb that is rated at less wattage but produces the same or more lumens. … For example, the 100-watt “replacement” LED pictured in your first post pulls 14 watts of power so it’s well within the 60-watt restriction for the fan.

Can you use Philips Hue lights in a ceiling fan?

A: Yes, I have the Hue lights in multiple ceiling fans in my home. As long as the power is on from the switch or chain, then they work like a charm! I leave the light switch on 24/7 and control the fan with the pull chain and then control the lights with the app.What is the maximum wattage for a ceiling light?

As a general guideline, overhead lighting should not exceed 100 watts, which will give intense lighting and should be sufficient for most applications. However, a lower-wattage light like 75 or 60 watts might be a better choice if it stays on for a long time.

What is the CFL equivalent to 60w?

Remember this rule of thumb: CFLs use about a quarter of the wattage to produce the same light. So to replace a traditional 60-watt bulb, buy a 15-watt CFL: 60-watt incandescent / 4=15 watts. Note: Some brands of 60-watt equivalent CFLs still do not seem to give off as much light as a 60watt incandescent bulb.

Are CFL bulbs fire hazards?

A Although not common, there have been cases of CFLs smoking, emitting a pungent odor, sometimes even flashing. That raises the worry, and rightly so, that the bulbs might be fire hazards. But experts say they are not. Indeed, they say those worrisome events indicate that fire is being avoided.

Can you use halogen bulbs in a ceiling fan?

Ceiling fans with halogen lights consume 15% less energy than traditional incandescent lights. Halogen lights create the most heat temperature wise. They also tend to produce a warmer, more welcoming light that is appropriate for living rooms or dining rooms.

Can you use A19 bulb in ceiling fan?

Best smart bulbs for ceiling fans The A19 Hue bulbs won’t fit into traditional A15 ceiling fans without an adapter, but if they do fit it’s worth considering because Hue smart bulbs are one of the best on the market.

Can I use a light dimmer for a ceiling fan?

Standard dimmer switches should never be used to control the fan motor on a ceiling fan because the dimmer could damage the fan motor, or overheat and start a fire. … You can actually purchase a device that will do this – it consists of a wireless remote and a receiver that gets wired directly in to the fan.

Can appliance bulbs be used in ceiling fans?

The A15 bulb is a bit smaller than standard household bulbs, so it fits well and gives off a nice warm light from any ceiling fan or ceiling light fixtures. Many refrigerators require a smaller bulb like the A15. … Another household appliance that may also use this bulb is the oven range.

What is the best light bulb wattage?

For a room with decent natural light, that should be around 60 watts. For a room with few/no windows, balance the 60 watt desk light with ambient overhead lights or bump that number up to 75 watts.

What is a ceiling fan light limiter?

What Is The Required Amount Of Power Used In The Wattage Limiter? When buying a ceiling fan, one is advised to check the maximum amount of wattage the bulbs can use in the light sockets. The wattage limiter can allow a maximum of 190 watts passed, which the light will shut down.

How do you dim Hampton Bay ceiling fan light?

Use the high, medium and low buttons on the remote to adjust the Hampton Bay fan speed. You can use the light button to dim the light and the off button to turn off the fan. If the remote stops functioning normally, change the batteries before proceeding with additional troubleshooting.

Can I replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs?

If everything fits and is the correct voltage, yes, you can easily swap all your halogen and incandescent bulbs in your fixtures with LED replacements. … When you’re buying the replacement bulbs for your traditional fixtures, remember that the wattage of the LED bulbs does not have to be the same as the older bulbs.

Can you put any watt bulb in ceiling light?

As long as you don’t go over the manufacturer’s recommended wattage, you’ll be safe. If your fixture doesn’t have a wattage recommendation, the rule of thumb is to choose bulbs with 60-watts or lower.

Do you have to worry about wattage with LED bulbs?

In fact, LED bulbs consume about 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. This means that you can get the light output you want without having to worry about exceeding a fixture’s wattage rating. … LED bulbs won’t always be compared to incandescent bulbs.

Can LED bulbs exceed wattage?

The answer is YES. You can use an LED bulb having a higher wattage equivalent than your fixture allows — provided the LED bulb consumes less wattage than the fixture.

Can I use smart bulbs in my ceiling fan?

No. The Smart LED (Element) line of bulbs cannot be used on ceiling fan fixtures or 3-way lamps as those switches constitute dimmers and deprive the bulbs of power.

Can you use a smart light switch for a ceiling fan?

【SMART BRIGHTNESS & FAN SPEED CONTROL】The smart light switch can adjust fan speed and dim your lights from anywhere with smartphone using the Smart Life App or Treatlife App. … Works with Alexa and Google Assistant to conveniently control the light and fan with one simple voice command.

What is Type A19 light bulb?

The term A19 is used to describe the overall shape and dimensions of a light bulb. … The two digits after the letter refer to the bulb’s diameter at its widest point, and is measured in eighths of an inch. An A19 bulb, therefore, has a diameter of 19 divided by 8 inches, or approximately 2.4 inches.

Is CFL better than LED?

Efficiency—While incandescent bulbs and CFLs generate most of their energy in heat, LEDs are cool to the touch—which translates into less wasted energy. … LEDs are more efficient than even CFLs: A 16.5-watt LED bulb is equivalent to a 20-watt CFL and a 75-watt incandescent.

Is CFL less polluting than LED?

Explanation: Due to the fact CFL bulbs are a type of fluorescent lamp they contain mercury, which is toxic and complicates the disposal of CFL bulbs. … LED lighting is more energy efficient than CFL bulbs, as well as all other types of fluorescent lighting.

Do LED lights use less power than fluorescent?

Other advantages of LEDs over fluorescent lights: Last longer — LED bulbs last up to several times (10 times) more than the compact fluorescents, and far longer than typical incandescent bulbs. … More efficient – LED light bulbs use only 2-17 watts of electricity (1/3rd to 1/30th of Incandescent or CFL).

What are CFL bulbs used for?

CFLs are highly versatile and can be used in any setting where you would normally use incandescent bulbs. They come in enough shapes and sizes that you can use them for recessed fixtures, table lamps, track lighting or ceiling lighting. Three-way CFLs and CFLs that work with dimmers are also available.

What are those curly light bulbs called?

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL bulbs) are a twist on traditional fluorescent technology.

Today, we will talk about one special type of fans – tower fans.

You may ask, why exactly tower fans? You will understand the uniqueness of these appliances in the next 10 minutes. Tower fans are able to deliver cool fresh air to your apartment in a matter of minutes, while being very pocket-friendly at the same time. Many of them also feature sleek eye-pleasing design.

Let’s start with basics. A tower fan is a type of cooling appliance that is narrow and tall. The device is able to oscillate from left to right and it can push hot air outward. It is different from an air conditioner since it does not cool air, but just creates air flow. This makes the device very energy-efficient, which is a great advantage as it will significantly reduce your utility bills.

A tower fan is also very easy to maneuver, considering its light weight and portability. A tower fan also enjoys an advantage over normal electric fans as it takes minimum space. It easily fits into the corner of any room, taking up very little space.

Also, the appliance’s blades are shielded with a special cover, which makes it very safe. Some tower fan models do not have blades at all. Thus, a tower fan is a great option for families with little kids.

Following on this, tower fans nowadays come in a variety of eye-pleasing designs, which will fit any interior. You can choose from hundreds of feels and looks that are available in the market. The slim and contemporary designs of these little helpers will meet any set requirements.

Normally, people purchase tower fans for homes, offices, and cafes/restaurants. A tower fan will also work as a good cooling solution in libraries, bars, and other public spaces.

Most models also feature a timer function that allows The timer allows you to set the operation time of the tower fan for several hours before it is meant to go off. This feature is very convenient when you want to have fresh air circulating in the room before you go to sleep.

Often, tower fans feature special built-in ionizers. The ionizers are able to purify the air and remove dust, animal dander, and pollen from it. Therefore, a tower fans is a great option, if allergies appear to be an issue. But that’s not all!

Some of the modern tower fans offer a number of other great options. This includes the misting fan mode, humidifier function and much more.

Tower fans look rather futuristic, while some models do not even look like fans, but some kind of interior decoration. The great design of a tower fan is coupled with a high level of cooling capacity. So how exactly do these appliances work?

The usual tower fan functions with the help of an electric motor that spins the cylindrical container that holds the fan’s blades. Normally, these blades run the full length of the fan to ensure proper breeze. The motor on the fan is operated via a manual switch or an electric control panel. The tower fans also include an oscillation function.

This feature allows to improve the efficiency in distribution of fresh air across a wider area.

The blades of the fan or, so – called impeller blades are created to move air swiftly through the cylindrical container. They also push air through the main vents in the outer cover of the tower fan. The blades are built to push air up and down the container. This is a feature that differentiates tower fans from conventional fans, where the flow of air is usually horizontal.

Tower Fan Standing near a bed
Such vertical flow of the air allows even and reliable distribution of air. The cylindrical container features multiple outlets and closings for better performance of the tower fan.

The airflow that is created by the tower fan is designed to move in a vertical manner when it leaves the outer housing of the appliance. This function ensures that the

Tower fans are oscillating just like any other traditional fans. However, they are able to cool a wider area due to the length of the vent running the full length of the tower fan. These appliances oscillate on a base stand and then distribute the air circulation at a 90-degree angle.

Most of the tower fan models feature air filters that prevent the spread of dust and pollen. The support base assembly is coupled with the motor base for stability of the tower fan.

Just like with any other electronic device, the possible complexity of completing simple tasks can appear intimidating. It is essential to determine the functionality of the tower fan you are looking for. As we discussed above, the models that are available on the market today, feature a myriad of useful functions.

While all of them are very practical and efficient, without a doubt, it is still important to make sure that a certain model and its functions fit your needs.

The range of tower fans’ available functions are impressively wide. These include programming, auto shut-off, different levels of air oscillation, remote access, and much more. Some comprehensive models offer so-called dual qualities, such as air humidifying and purifying, as we mentioned before. Being so feature rich, how do you use the tower fan?

It is as easy as it looks. You need to plug in the device and just push the button. All models come with an instruction manual as standard. However, the simple touch of a button will do everything for you. In case you opt for a tower fan with advanced functions, most of them feature explicit details and easy-to-understand control panels.

The great control panels allow the user to navigate between functions with extreme ease.

Not really. However, you will need to make sure that your tower fan does not overheat. While modern models of tower fans do not tend to overheat, some of older ones do.

The vertical design of the tower fan allows for great level of comfort, however, it can also emerge as an issue. The air in the tower fans move in a very compact space. This implies that sometimes the air can get trapped in this space, causing the appliance to overheat.

In order to minimize the risk of this problem, high-quality tower fans come along with This polarized plug has one large plug that needs to be plugged into a correct polarity outlet.

Moreover, for safe operation of the tower fan, you will need to make sure that the fan is placed properly. The best way to position your tower fan is to place it in a protected area where it remains stable, while also being far away from open windows. Moreover, the choice of location must be a place which is likely not ridden with high moisture levels.

Before we answer this question, let’s look at some similarities between these two. Both the fan types are not supposed to cool air, as they just ensure that fresh air flows steadily.

Moreover, they do so at a surprisingly low operational cost – most of the fans could be utilized 24/7 and they would still not cost you a fortune in the bargain. Also, pedestal and tower fans are not expensive to buy in general. However, some of the advanced models can be pricey.

These types of fans are very convenient due to their portability – you can position them anywhere you want and then relocate them with zero effort. Moreover, they come in handy when you want to clear the air in the room from undesirable odours/smells.

The pedestal and tower fans deliver almost the same results. They differ in their air flow directions and the type of air flow they produce.

In case you want the air directed at a height above the ground or at some particular spot in the room, the pedestal fan is a great option.

However, if you want air flow to run closer to the floor, go for a tower fan. These fans are also able to deliver breeze to a reasonable height. Some models have special levers to direct the airflow up or down.

There are some other factors you need to consider before making up your mind about the type of fan that suits your house/office.

Space is one of the most important points you need to think about when it comes to the choice of a fan. For those, who look for a cooling device for apartments with smaller rooms, tower fans are a great option due to their sleek design.

The compact size of a tower fan allows the user to maximize the space utilization in a room, while still enjoying a cooling breeze in the hot summer months.

However, since pedestal fans feature bigger blades, they are able to cool larger rooms quicker, in comparison to tower fans.

While some need extra air circulation in their rooms, others contrarily look for ways to fight their allergies. In case you are just looking for a way to cool the air and get some fresh air flow in the apartment, both the pedestal and tower fans are able to deliver on this requirement.

If you want to purify the air of animal dander or dust, the tower fan is what you really need. As we discussed before, the numerous functions of these fans are great in aiding you to achieve your desired cooling goals. Most tower fan models are able to help you by cleaning and improving air quality.

Style is also a very important distinction between pedestal fans and tower fans. If you are looking for a great level of capacity that comes with a sleek design, go for the tower fan. These type of fans usually come with an aesthetic eye-pleasing appearance that will definitely complement your existing décor.

Stylish tower fan.

The pedestal fans come in handy when you are looking for a simple cooling solution for a larger room.

Now, since we have already discussed the key points in terms of usage, benefits and the functions that tower fans possess, it is high time to look at the companies that produce these little helpers. We will discuss the most popular tower fan brands in detail, in order to get a clear picture of the tower fan market as a whole.

Different tower fans.

Bowin is producing fans, air heaters, and humidifiers. The company was founded by FoShan in 2013.

Bowin devices include various kinds of Box Fans, Outdoor Fans, Personal Fans, Power Fans, Stand Fans, Table Fans, Tower Fans, Window Fans, and Fan Parts.

Bowin’s fans offer a variety of great functions that promise to exceed the cooling needs of any customer. Their fans also ensure an energy saving advantage that allows the users to take control of their utility bills into their own hands.

Bowin is a technology company from China that specializes in the production of vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, bladeless fans, heaters and hair dryers.

Bowin’s fans feature re-engineered airflow paths. This allows the devices to reduce turbulence throughout the appliance. Moreover, airflow paths provide superior competence to the device.

Additionally, Bowin claims that their fans are very safe and easy-to-clean. Also, their fans offer a great variety of functions, including the famous Air Multiplier? technology. This technology safeguards uninterrupted streams of smooth air.

Cleaning a tower fan is what you would want to do on a regular basis in order to ensure proper operation of the appliance. Just like any other type of fan, tower fans gather a lot of dust in them. Therefore, for cleaner air in your room, you will need to clean your device

You might face an obstacle here – due to the special construction of the tower fan, it might appear problematic to clean it. Don’t worry, there is a special routine that will ensure a stress-free and efficient cleaning process.

Moreover, pay close attention to the type of cloth that is recommended by the manual – some tower fan models need special treatment with a specific type of cloth fabric.

First, unplug the tower fan, and place it in an area where you can move freely while cleaning it. It is recommended to wear the protective eyewear and mask since, in the cleaning process, there will be a lot of dust flying out of the appliance. Therefore, you would want your eyes and lungs to be protected through the process.

In case your tower fan has a panel, detach it by removing the screws. Place the screws in a small bowl to make sure you do not lose them.

Furthermore, if you have an air compressor just turn it on and use it to blow off the dust from the panel. If you are using a can of compressed air, shake it for 30 seconds and then proceed with blowing off the dust.

After you are done with panel dust, turn the fan at 180 degrees and use a cleaning brush to clean the remaining dirt from the tower fan. In the end, screw the panel back onto the fan, if your model implies doing so. You can now put it back to its usual place and enjoy fresh airflow all over again.

Tower fans are perfect cooling companions for your apartment or office in the hot summer months. These appliances will not only deliver the breeze that you need so dearly in the summer but will also save you a lot of money while doing that.

A central air conditioning system is a pricey option when it comes to cooling houses. Tower fans provide a great level of convenience due to their portability and light weight.

Moreover, tower fans feature a unique construction that allows the device to Their construction is also very convenient for smaller rooms and offices – the tall and narrow devices fit perfectly into the corners without occupying significant amounts of space.

Tower fan in bedroom.

Now that you have learned everything about tower fans, it is the perfect time to look into our Best Tower Fan Buying Guide, which will provide essential tips to you on how to purchase a high-quality tower fan. We will look into the current models of tower fans and discuss their pros and cons in detail – see you there!

Maybe your budget won’t allow you to buy an air conditioner. Or perhaps it’s not a practical to install or use where you’re at. Whatever the reason, using a tower fan to cool the room is a great option.

When browsing for the best tower fans to cool a room there are an overwhelming amount of models to choose from. The good news is a few stand out and offer a bit more for the money. You’ll love using them, too!

Don’t waste time searching! Below you’ll find best tower fans in Bowin you can buy.

In addition, there’s a helpful buying guide section with a ton of great information about fans.

How do tower fans work?


How do tower fans work

In contrast to traditional box and other blade fan designs, tower fans have a unique and tall vertical shape. A cylindrical fan assembly rotates and blows air horizontally. While traditional fans work well in most cases, tower fans can distribute air more evenly and in some cases with less noise, too.

Tower fans are a unique design in that they’re cylindrical. That is, they have a tall and essentially round design much like a cylinder you may recall from your old geometry classes.

They’re while traditional fans like ceiling fans, box fans, and tabletop fans are very popular, tower fans offer some benefits that the others cannot.

Tower fans work by using a tall vertical fan assembly driven by a motor to blow air horizontally. Unlike traditional designs, they don’t use standard fan blades to cut through the air and create air pressure to cool your room.

Their blades are more of a curved design which appear as a circular pattern when viewed from a top-down perspective.

Tower fans vs box fans and ceiling fans

While both can cool a room, tower fans are actually easier to use than traditional products and offer several benefits over them:

A smaller base means they’re easier to find room for Many models have more quiet operation than traditional designs

Easily portable Can be placed near you for better cooling more easily Many offer features like timers or remote control operation.

Think of tower fans as more advanced fans that allow more benefits and features than the average fan does. Ultimately the biggest advantage of buying a tower fan is that they can cool a room better than other fans due to their better air coverage.

How do tower fans cool a room?

How do tower fans cool a room

Tower fans use forced convection to remove heat from objects in a room, including you. Convection the scientific term for the movement of fluids (including gases like air) which transfer heat…including removing it, thereby cooling you.

As I mentioned earlier, tower fans work using a cylindrical and vertical blower design. The result is a vertical stream of air blowing throughout a room that passes by objects including you.

Basically a fan moves air rapidly across your body and removes heat, causing you to feel cooler.

Fans cool a room using the principle of forced convection. That is, fans force air across people or objects and transfer heat away from them using the principle of convection. Convection is simply using liquids (including gases like air) to transfer heat.

For example, your computer’s CPU relies on a cooling fan which removes heat by drawing cooler air over it. This process draws cooler air over it and pushes out heat it drew away from the processor.

With enough fan speed and when using a well-designed product, tower fans circulate air in the room and help keep air moving for more comfort.

How tower fans help save money?

Using a tower fan has another great benefit – they’re much more energy-efficient than using an air conditioner unit.

Most air conditioners use quiet a bit of energy as they must power not only an electric fan but also an energy-hogging compressor used to circulate refrigerant and cool the air. Tower fans, however, can operate up to a whopping 60% more efficiently!

You can also combine the two for energy and money savings: by using a tower fan in a room where an air conditioner is already in use, you can turn up the air conditioner, reducing it usage. The fan will help distribute cool air in the room and will also aid in cooling by itself.

In other words, adding a tower fan can boost an air conditioner’s effectiveness while reducing power costs.

The best tower fans can make cooling your space actually look good, all while helping you feel comfortable at the same time, making them ideal for a variety of situations. A good tower fan can be very powerful or, in some cases, super-quiet. Either way, they usually take up very little space in your home and can be neatly stored away in winter.

Some features to consider looking out for when buying the best tower fan include an ability to rotate, so as to better spread the air. A quiet running option for night time use is another top feature to look for, and for sheer ease of use, look for tower fans with WiFi and voice controls. Most come with an auto off option, so you can save power without having to physically turn off the fan yourself.

Pricing varies massively on the best tower fans, so we’ve included a wide range below to help you to find the perfect option for your cooling needs. Alternatively you may want to look at the best central air conditioning units or the best thru wall air conditioners, which cool actively but at a higher running cost.

Selecting the right ceiling fan isn’t just about choosing the right color and style. There are some key factors that you must consider your decision in order to get the maximum efficiency and enjoyment from your fan.

How Many Blades Should A Ceiling Fan Have

Most ceiling fans deigned for the home come with 4 to 5 blades for the ideal balance between the amount of air circulated and the amount of ambient noise. Whether you are looking for a new ceiling fan or wanting to replace an old fan, Martec has the right fan for you.

Are 3 or 5 blade fans better?

When it comes to design and aesthetic look, the 3 bladed ceiling fan is more pleasing than the 5 bladed. Generally, the more blades the ceiling fan has, the quieter it is and circulates less air. Ceiling fan with more blades can increase the drag on the motor and affects its movement.

Do the number of blades on a ceiling fan matter?

As a rule, as the number of blades goes up, the fan tends to be quieter and circulates less air. Additional blades increase the drag on a ceiling fan’s motor and slow it down. Many ceiling fans designed for the home come standard with four or five blades.

How many blades on a ceiling fan make the best airflow?

Three fan blades are ideal for the optimal efficiency of indoor and outdoor ceiling fans. However, fans with four or five blades will provide adequate air circulation yet have other considerations regarding the installation and overall performance, such as weight, noise, and power draw.

Are 3 blade ceiling fans Effective?

Three-blade fans are generally considered ideal because they have enough blades to ensure sufficient airflow but not too many blades to increase the drag coefficient enormously. For this reason, the three-blade ceiling fan is more energy-efficient than the five-blade ceiling fan.

How long are the blades on a 52 inch ceiling fan?

Ceiling Fan Size Guide Blade Span Good for Room Size 29″ to 36″ Bathrooms, Breakfast Nooks, Utility Rooms Up to 75 sq. ft 42″ to 48″ Bedrooms, Kitchens, Dining Rooms Up to 175 sq. ft 52″ to 56″ Large Bedrooms, Family Rooms, Media Rooms Up to 350 sq. ft 60″ or larger Great Rooms, Other Large Spaces More than 350 sq. ft.

Why does a ceiling fan have only 3 blades?

However, for domestic ceiling fans, three blades turn out to be optimal for air delivery and cooling comfort. With higher number of blades, the fan tends to be slower in speed and thus quieter but circulates less air. Additional blades increase the drag on a ceiling fan’s motor and slow it down.

Is a 3 blade or 4 blade fan better?

4-blade ceiling fans are less noisy and are useful in rooms with an air conditioner, to move the cool air around. They are often more stylish looking. However, 4 blade fans may move air slower than a 3 blade fan and can be more expensive than 3 blade ceiling fans.

What fan blade is quietest?

The SXT blade profile is suitable for both wet and dry cooling applications and offers high fan efficiency. The innovative blade design results in an extremely quiet fan (up to 15dB(a) quieter than a standard fan) while keeping the fan very light.

What size room do I need for a 44 inch ceiling fan?

Rooms 144 to 225 square feet=44 inches. Rooms 225 to 400 square feet=50 to 54 inches.

Which ceiling fan moves the most air?

A flush-mount ceiling fan with a high CFM will move the most air for you. You’ll want to look for a high-flow model that has a 7000 CFM rating at minimum if you want a lot of air movement in your room.

Can a fan be too big for a room?

Besides of freshening a room, fans complete a room design and composition. A ceiling fan that’s too big will overpower the room’s design and visually pull the ceiling downwards; a fan that’s too small won’t properly circulate the air.

What makes a fan quiet?

Oil the Fan’s Motor So get your oil canister or spray on some WD40 and give them a top-up… Lubricating them in this way will often make things run quieter as there is less friction between moving parts which can reduce noise levels.

How many blades is best for stand fan?

So, it is ideal to find three blade ceiling fans for optimum airflow that works with lesser friction. In this case, the motor load is also manageable, and you are protected from unnecessary noises. While having four blades might improve the aeration, it can increase the amount of load on the motor.

What should I look for in a ceiling fan?

Things To Know Before Buying a Ceiling Fan (1) Energy Savings. (2) Larger Rooms Need Bigger Fans. (3) Bathroom and Outdoor Ceiling Fans. (4) Fan Blade Pitch and Size. (5)The Motor. (6)Choose a Lighting Style and Kit to Match Your Decor. (7) Consider the Warranty. (8)Installation.

What is the most efficient fan blade design?

With a curved blade design, the backward curved fan is one of the most efficient centrifugal fan options available. It’s able to move high volumes of air at high static pressures and can be a great option for many industrial applications.

Is a 52 inch fan too big for a 12×12 room?

Ceiling Fans Between 52” and 56” These the most commont size of ceiling fans, meaning they’re better for spaces between 144 and 300 square feet. If you want any averate sized living space to get some good ventilation, this fan size works well.

How do I know what size fan blade I need?

Standing on a step ladder as needed, hold one end of a tape measure to the tip of a fan blade on a fully assembled fan. If the unit has an even number of ceiling fan blades, extend the tape measure to the end of the opposite blade and record the distance from tip to tip. This is the diameter.



3 Blades ceiling fan has higher RPM and lower power consumption.3 Blades ceiling fan is lighter than 5 blades ceiling fan and the air resistance for 3 blades fan is lower than 5 blades. Hence, the Round per Minutes (RPM) for 3 blades fan is higher. For example, Crestar Value Air 3 Blades (46”) can reach up to 282RPM while Crestar Value Air 5 Blades (48”) can only reach up to 252RPM at their highest speeds. ?For power consumption wise, 3 blades Crestar Value Air is only 28W compared to 37W for 5 blades Crestar Value Air on their highest speeds. There’s a 25% difference on their power consumption.

3 Blades fan seems like did a better job than 5 Blades fan. BUT WHY 5 BLADES FAN STILL EXISTS IN THE MARKET?

5 Blades fan is good at its wind delivery. The wind delivery for 5 blades fan is better than 3 blades fan. In other words, the wind delivery for 5 blades fan is more balance than 3 blades fan. Another advantages of 5 blades fan is the aesthetic looks. 5 blades fan fits better in larger space like Living Room or Master Bedroom. That’s the reason why 5 blades fan are commonly made in a larger size and larger wind area coverage. For instance, Crestar Value Air 5 Blades Fan comes with 48” and 55” while 3 Blades fan only comes with 40” and 46”.


2 Blades ceiling fan is popular for its artistic design but seldom used in common household. For ceiling fan with even number blades, if balancing is not done by professional ceiling fan installer, it might cause the ceiling fan wobbling in high speeds.

To conclude, 3 blades ceiling fan and 5 blades ceiling fan are the most common ceiling fan sold in the market. Make your decision to choose a right ceiling fan by consider the room size, interior design, fan speed, wind delivery and wind coverage area.

3 Blade vs 5 Blade Ceiling Fan

3 Blade vs 5 Blade Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are some of the most efficient and affordable cooling appliances to consider using in your home. Not only are they portable, appealing, and comforting, they are also affordable and easy to use.

Ceiling fans have been around for years and are normally used in residential and commercial spaces to provide the best cooling experience, especially during the hot summer season.

However, ceiling fans are not only useful in summer but also during winter. That’s right; you can use a ceiling fan to circulate warm air in your house when the weather is too cold.

But, just like many other appliances sold on the market, ceiling fans come in various designs and sizes. They tend to have a different number of blades ranging from 3 to 5 and even more.

Choosing a ceiling, depending on the number of blades it has, can be quite tricky. This is something that most people are unable to do because they fail to understand why this is so and the most efficient option to consider.

Unfortunately, most people assume that the more blades a ceiling fan has, the more air it will move. This isn’t the case because a ceiling fan with plenty of blades doesn’t offer as much cooling as one with fewer blades. Ceiling fans with 4 or 5 blades are normally used in residential spaces.

3 Blade Ceiling Fan

A 3-blade ceiling fan can move more air in a room than a 5-blade ceiling fan. This is mainly because having a fan with more blades can slow it down significantly. This is why you would see wind turbines having fewer blades.

However, a 3-blade ceiling can be louder than a 5-blade ceiling fan. The more blades a ceiling fan has, the quiet it is when running. Also, when it comes to energy yield, a ceiling fan with 3 blades is always a great option to consider. When a fan has fewer blades, it has less drag on the motor, and it goes faster and moves more air efficiently.

Fans don’t cool rooms as air conditioners do. What fans do is circulate air into the room properly for a comfortable environment. Although this information won’t influence your buying decision as much, it’s important to have it in mind.?

Benefits of a 3 Blade Ceiling Fan

  • Affordable – The good thing about 3-blade ceiling fans is that they are pocket-friendly, making them suitable to use in any space.
  • Great design – 3-blade fans also feature excellent designs, and they are aesthetically pleasing. Therefore, they can complement your home’s design and offer it the best look.
  • Excellent blade balance – Another benefit of 3 blade ceiling fans is that they have a dynamic blade balance, and this is probably one reason why they move more air than fans with more blades.
  • High speed – Believe it or not, 3-blade fans have a very high speed, making them efficient and reliable to use, especially in large rooms.

Disadvantages of 3 Blade Ceiling Fans

Similar to most other products, 3 blade ceiling fans also come with their disadvantages. They include:

  • They are noisy – As mentioned earlier, the more blades a ceiling fan has, the quiet it is when running. Therefore, since 3 blades are few, they make a lot of noise when the ceiling fan is running.
  • You can’t use them together with air conditioners – It’s nearly impossible to use a 3 blade ceiling fan and an air conditioner since they won’t work together correctly.

The speed of the 3 blade ceiling doesn’t impact the cooling of your room but only cools the person in the room.

5 Blade Ceiling Fan

If you’re looking for a ceiling fan that is quiet and suitable for a small space such as your home, then a 5 blade ceiling fan fits into this description. Although this type of ceiling fan is not ideal for large spaces, it can still offer you the best service in your home. The best place to use this fan is if your living room is small, your bedroom, or even your kitchen.?

The major benefit of a 5 blade ceiling fan is the aesthetic appeal. This is mainly because a fan with more blades only moves less air than one with fewer blades.


Perfect design – The design of a 5 blade ceiling fan is ideal to complement your space and offer an appealing look.

Quiet – A fan with 5 blades doesn’t move as much noise as one with fewer blades.

They offer comfortable air – A 5 blade ceiling fan also offers the best airflow in your space since it helps to cool your body but not your room.


It doesn’t move more air – A 5 blade ceiling fan doesn’t move as much air as a 3 blade ceiling fan. The more blades a ceiling fan has, the less air it will move.

Too large – Although this type of fan complements the design of your space, that’s just all there is to it. It’s only too large but doesn’t move air as you would expect or want.

Not energy efficient – A fan with more than 3 blades is normally not energy-efficient because the more the number of blades, the slower the fan. These blades drag the motor and make it slow, thereby contributing to high consumption of energy.

Factors that Affect the Performance of a Ceiling Fan

Aside from the number of blades included in a ceiling fan, other factors affect a ceiling fan’s performance. Check them out below.

Blade Span

Blade span is the width of a fan – from the blade tip. Some of the common ceiling fan blade spans measure about 42 and 52 inches. Longer blades are ideal for large rooms, and they also offer a soft and comfortable airflow. Short blades provide direct airflow and are suitable for smaller rooms. You need to note that the volume of air is not determined by the blade span but by the fan’s motor. A motor with small blades can move more air than one with large blades.

Type of Blade

Most of the ceiling fan blades are made from medium-density fiberboard or particleboard. On the other hand, high-quality ceiling fan blades are made from furniture-grade, real hardwood, and others with hand-carved intricate designs. Regardless of the material used to make these types of fan blades, they come in various patterns, colors, and even styles. Therefore, these also influence the performance of a ceiling fan. You need to look for one designed for your ceiling.

The Ceiling

The size and type of your ceiling also play a significant role in the fan you’ll choose for your home. Low ceilings with a height less than 8 feet require a “hugger” ceiling fan. This is because these types of ceiling fans allow enough headroom and still offer good airflow. Higher ceilings require fans with downrods to allow them to hang at the optimal height of 8 to 9 feet from the floor.

So, which is one is better? There’s no direct answer to this question because it will depend on what you need in your home. You need to compare the pros and cons of the fans with 3 and 5 blades with your needs to determine the best choice to make.?

Things To Know Before Buying a Ceiling Fan

You’ve probably read many times that using a ceiling fan in a room saves energy and money. The wind chill effect fans create mean most people can raise the temperature on their air conditioner by 4 degrees without noticing any difference in their comfort level. This saves almost 10 percent on summer electricity bills, according to PPL Electric Utilities. There are several features to look for when buying ceiling fans. Read on to learn how to find your perfect cooling device.

(1) Energy Savings

Ceiling Fans are great for improving room comfort while at the same time producing energy and cost savings. Homeowners are experiencing higher energy costs and it’s only going to get worse. There has never been a better time than now to consider the purchase of a ceiling fan(s)and to enjoy both the aesthetic as well as energy saving benefits of owning a ceiling fan. In summer ceiling fans allow you to feel cool without having to turn the air conditioning full-on therefore saving energy and money. Setting your thermostat higher with a ceiling fan running can save up to 40% on air conditioning bills. Studies show this can make a room feel up to seven degrees cooler. In winter ceiling fans should be reversed and used to push the warm air down from the ceiling to keep the heat in the lower part of the room. This is especially important in rooms with tall ceilings, resulting in energy and money savings from recirculating the warm air allowing one to set the thermostat lower.

(2) Larger Rooms Need Bigger Fans

For maximum performance, choose the right fan to fit your room size. In a room up to 50 square feet, like a bathroom, choose a 29″ fan. Breakfast nooks and laundry rooms up to 75 Sq. ft. choose a 36″ blade span. Medium size rooms up too 100 square feet can fit fans from 36″ to 42″. Standard bedrooms and family rooms up to 400 square feet work most efficiently with fans that are 50″ or 52″. Great rooms or large areas over 400 sq. ft. require a ceiling fan with a 54″ or larger blade span. For long or large rooms, you should consider more than one fan to handle your cooling requirements. For maximum comfort, the fan should be placed as close to the center of the room as possible. Keep blade tips at least 18 inches from any wall. Ceilings Lower Than Eight Feet. Use the Ceiling Mounting Kit or go with a Snugger or Hugger model to achieve the desired seven-foot blade clearance.? For ceilings above eight feet, the fan should be hung by a downrod extension so that the fan is eight or nine feet from the floor. You will want to hang it at this level since the higher the fan is hung above eight feet, the less air circulates near the floor.

(3) Bathroom and Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Look for a bathroom ceiling fan specifically designed and UL-listed for damp locations. Bathroom Ceiling Fans start at 29 inch blade spans since smaller rooms require less air movement and space is usually limited. Want one for the covered outdoor patio? Opt for an Outdoor Ceiling Fan that this is UL-listed for wet locations. Outdoor ceiling fans can also be used indoors. They have protective motor coverings to keep moisture from corroding the motor.

(4) Fan Blade Pitch and Size

Fan blades determine the amount of air being circulated throughout the room. Fan blade pitch is usually between a 12-15 degree angle for optimal circulation. Fan blades must be weighted and matched as a balanced set to avoid having your fan wobble. Ceiling fans with less than a 12 degree angle will not circulate air as well and be less efficient. The greater the angle or higher the pitch of the blade the more air circulation you will have in your room.

(5)The Motor

The motor is responsible for producing quiet operation while driving the blades for air movement. Look for high-quality motors with heavy-duty windings and sealed bearings that are permanently lubricated. Smaller, less powerful motors found on lower quality fans may produce higher operating temperatures, lower air circulation and noisier operation. Motors are designed to work flawlessly for long periods of time and should have a long lasting life.

(6)Choose a Lighting Style and Kit to Match Your Decor

Choose from classic to contemporary lights to compliment the look of your fan and your room. There are many light options such as single light bowls, spotlights, or multiple glass shades that can be added to a fitter to enhance the design.

(7) Consider the Warranty

When you choose to purchase a ceiling fan, look for a good warranty or the life of your fan. Some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty and in-home service. Good tip is that the larger or more powerful the motor and the more you spend usually correlates to the better and longer warranted fan. Again, we believe there is a true correlation in terms of you get what you pay for.


Installation is so easy that with a few basic skills anyone can install the product themselves in an hour or so. Almost all ceiling fans come with step by step instructions so your new fan can be up and working efficiently in no time at all. You will need to determine if you will need electrical wiring brought to the ceiling of the room where you want to add the fan. Since most of the time homeowners are replacing existing lights with a ceiling fan, the wiring is usually already in place. Some fans come with a support system to assist you by freeing your hands to make wiring connections allowing you to hang a hook from the electrical box to the fan to support it while you install it.

(9)Know Where to Buy

As with any mechanical product, it is important to ensure that you entrust your purchase to a reputable reseller in the event of any warranty or damage claim. Equally important talk to a company who have knowledgeable customer service associates who can provide invaluable guidance. Far too often consumers end up with the wrong product because of incorrect or lack of good advice. At Light Bulbs Etc, we pride ourselves in having some of the most knowledgeable associates in the Ceiling Fan Industry.