Living Room Upgrade: The Ceiling Fan

When we got our whole-house rewiring done earlier this year, I mentioned that we added a few not-strictly-necessary lighting upgrades — things that would be nice to do eventually, but that we probably would have waited on if we hadn’t had the electrical work done. (To read about the serious electrical problems that prompted the rewiring, check out this post, and I’ve also written about the finished rewiring process here and the damage it meant for our walls here.) So in the interest of catching up on the backlog of house-related things that have gotten done around here but haven’t made it to the blog, today’s post features the ceiling fan we added to the living room.

When we first moved into our house, the living room ceiling hinted that it may have once had some kind of ceiling fan or light fixture, since there was this weird little plastic nipple thing smack in the middle of the ceiling:

The living room ceiling as seen before installing the ceiling fan.

We’d talked about adding a light fixture in general, since our living room had no built-in lights at all when we moved in, and a ceiling fan specifically since our house has no central air conditioning system. Admittedly ceiling fans don’t seem to be the “in” thing to have these days if you read any of the home decorating blogs, but in this case the functionality was more important to us than any style-related considerations.

Although speaking of which, I think the fan we ended up picking is more visually interesting than most ceiling fans I’ve seen:

The new and not-so-traditional looking living room ceiling fan.

Rather than traditional straight blades, it has these organic leafy-shaped ones — and given the somewhat hasty and unscheduled nature of this upgrade, and that we didn’t spend a lot of time shopping around and whatnot, I’d like to think things turned out pretty well. Having a ceiling fan was a godsend over the summer, and the light it adds to the room has been a much needed thing.

That being said, the light is probably my least favorite part of it — in addition to the bland appearance, it also requires the smaller candelabra base light bulbs which are kind of a pain to buy for just this one light fixture. But on the plus side, the light kit is removable, so in theory we could switch it out for a nicer and more standard one down the road.

Browsing around online, it’s crazy how many different ceiling fan light kit styles there are. Here are a few at random that I thought looked interesting, with links to the sources where they can be purchased below:

  1. Stained Glass Style Light Kit – A fancy stained glass style light kit, of which there seem to be many different varieties. This particular example, involving a clean and simple geometric pattern, seems to be less common than the more traditional stained glass patterns (based on my brief search at least).
  2. “Tea-Stained Glass Elegance” Light Kit – There seem to be quite a variety of lights involving ornate leafy-looking patterns like this one, though I wonder if it would get to be a bit much considering the style of the fan itself.
  3. Drum Style Light Kit – This style looks almost like a lampshade on the ceiling fan for a non-traditional and contemporary look. Interestingly, over on the blog Thrifty Decor Chick there’s a post about adding a normal lamp shade to a ceiling fan to create a similar look for a fraction of the price.
  4. Disco Ball Light Kit – Not really a fit for our living room, but I think it’s awesome that this exists.

What do you think — do any of these in particular would work well with our style of ceiling fan? Have you happened to see a light kit style elsewhere on the internet that might be a better fit? Any thoughts on ceiling fans in general? As always feel free to share in the comments.

3 Comments

  1. While #2 fits the fan best, it MIGHT be too much “leafyness”, plus you’d find all of these to be less light produced than the downwards-facing open type fixtures. http://www.arcadianlighting.com/cm-lk37cfl.html This is similar to what I have on my ceiling fan (only mine has clear glass, with ripples), and it produces a nice amount of light. You can find them much cheaper than that link suggests, I think I got mine at Lowe’s. And yes, even though I have central AC, the ceiling fans make it more efficient (and thus save money) and effective!

  2. Thanks for the suggestions and link! The amount of light is definitely something to think about — the current three 40-watt candelabra style light bulbs don’t give off that much unfortunately (which in retrospect was probably something we should have considered more thoroughly before selecting it in the first place, haha). I imagine five full-size downward facing bulbs would definitely not have that problem though! :)

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