Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

How to Buy the Perfect Ceiling Fan

Buying a ceiling fan can be quite a confusing experience, especially if you don’t know where to start. However, after this article, you will be an expert on the art of buying a ceiling fan.

 Step 1: Know your style

At the end of the day, your fan isn’t just a machine that blows air around, it’s a piece of art that will fit into your home. Just like lighting, there are three general styles of ceiling fan:

  1. Traditional
  2. Contemporary or Transitional
  3. Modern

Traditional fans have an appearance that matches the title. They look like the fan your grandmother kept running for ages:



Although the style may sound old, or not with the status quo, Traditional fans are still very popular today and can match a variety of old school home designs. For example, barnyard designs are becoming a strong trend and Traditional or Contemporary fans are perfect for it.

Speaking of Contemporary Ceiling Fans, this is an example of what they look like:



Contemporary or Transitional styles are in between that of Traditional and Modern; think of it as Modernized Traditional. These fans are perhaps some the most popular because many don’t have a very modern home, but want something that looks updated to the times.

The last of the design styles is Modern, here is an example:



Modern style fans are for those who want a really unique, Modern look to their ceiling fan. These fans will compliment many homes, and often can be a breath of fresh air (no pun intended). 

Step 2: Know your Dimensions

Nothing is more frustrating than going to look for a new ceiling fan and not knowing the size that you need. If you already have had a ceiling fan in the room you’re shopping for, you can disregard this section if you want the same size fan. This can often result in you returning your fan, or being dissatisfied. Here’s the steps to finding the perfect size ceiling fan:

  1. Square feet of the room or space
  2. The height of your ceiling
  3. Determine the size of the fan for your needs

To find the square feet of a room or space, simply measure how long and how wide it is in feet. Many homes often have the square footage documented somewhere, and you can also receive help from a contractor or professional as well.

Once you have the dimensions in feet, simply multiply length x width and BAM, you have square feet.

Now, to measure your ceiling you may need a ladder (no, a bar stool isn’t a ladder) and you simply measure top to bottom how high the ceiling is.

It is important that your ceiling fan has at least 7 feet of clearance beneath it to circulate air efficiently. If your ceiling is higher than 8 or 9 feet, you should consider getting a down rod for your fan.

Again, if you’re having trouble, a professional is always there to help!

Lastly, we can finally determine the size of the fan for your needs. Here’s a quick info-graphic from our friends at Kichler to help you decide what size you need based on your measurements:



Step 3: Choose the Perfect Ceiling Fan


Now that you know what style you’re looking for and you’ve figured out what size you will need, you’re ready to choose your perfect ceiling fan! Here are some other things to consider that can help you decide what is best for your needs:

  1. AC vs DC motors
  2. LED vs Traditional Bulbs
  3. Airflow

AC vs DC

The motor of a fan is its heart, and just like our hearts, it’s very important. AC, or Alternating Current motors, are less expensive, but can be much more bulky, noisy and have less features than that of DC, or Direct Current motors.

DC motors use up to 70% less electricity, are practically as quiet as a whisper, are super easy to install and best of all, they’re way more efficient than their AC counterparts which means a longer motor life.

LED vs Traditional Bulbs

Now, let’s talk about lighting. LED lights are becoming more prevalent in fans because of their low maintenance, which means no more changing a light bulb.

I mean, come on, everyone knows someone who has a bulb that is out in their fan.

LED’s can last many decades before needing to be replaced and are not pricey at all. If the LED module stops working, you replace it and that’s it, good for another 20 years.

LED’s save you moneyand who doesn’t like saving money?


Great, we finally get to talk about the entire reason you’re buying a ceiling fan! Airflow, or the amount of air a fan moves, is measured in Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM), which is a government-mandated standard.

The amount of airflow a fan has is affected by too many different factors to list, but the blade pitch (the angle a fan blade is turned at) and the size of the blades have two of the biggest effects on Airflow Efficiency.

Here at Light World, our fan catalogs will provide the Airflow Efficiency for each fan, so you can find the one that best suits your needs.

Other Tips

When it’s summer time or hot outside, turning your fan to rotate counter clockwise with push cool air down and give you that wonderful breeze you desire.

When it’s feeling like Antarctica, set your fan to rotate clockwise. This will cause the warm air around your fan to rise and make your heater work less hard!

Because of these effects, you can adjust your thermostat +4 degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer, and -2 degrees Fahrenheit in the Winter. This will save you money on energy in the long run!

Now you’re a Ceiling Fan Expert!


From everyone at Light World, we hope you enjoyed this article and we look forward to seeing you at our store or shopping online! If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us!

Let us know in the comments what fan you have!

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