Ceiling Fans with Lights
EPA Legislation Affects Ceiling Fans With Lights:
Here's what you need to know about this legislation:
Over the last several years the EPA has rolled out legislation that regulates ceiling fans sold in the USA. Briefly, this legislation mandates that ceiling fan light fixtures do not use more than 190 watts of electricity and that there be a mechanism in place that does not allow any ceiling fan light fixture to operate beyond this wattage either by having a limiter or fuse installed in the light fixture or fan. It is also now illegal to sell ceiling fans in the USA that use standard socket incandescent bulbs. Fans must either use candelabra base bulbs, halogen bulbs, Fluorescent bulbs or LEDs. Other non-mainstream efficient bulbs are allowed, but are not being used. In the past, there were 5 light fixtures that used 60 watt incandescent fan bulbs resulting in up to 300 watts of dimmable light. So GONE ARE THE DAYS where a ceiling fan could light up a room.
Not only are ceiling fan lights less bright now, in cases where CFL bulbs are used, they are not dimmable. So be careful to take note of the type of bulbs used in a ceiling fan light as well as the wattage. Keep in mind that CFL bulbs will use about 1/3 the wattage as incandescent bulbs. So you can assume that a 26 watt CFL is about as bright as a 60 watt incandescent bulb and a 13 watt CFL is a little less bright than a single 40 watt incandescent bulb. Halogen lights are the brightest and seem to put out about the same or slightly more light than the equivalent incandescent. So a 100 Watt halogen is about the same as a 100 watt incandescent...or slightly brighter. Another consideration is the type of light that bulbs produce. Incandescent bulbs are the warmest and most natural. Halogen bulbs seem to be stark and bright, whereas fluorescent bulbs produce a less natural spectrum...usually more blue in color.
Airflow Is Also Important To Consider
When comparing ceiling fans with lights it is also important to consider how much airflow each ceiling fan is capable of generating. Not all ceiling fans are created equal. Less expensive fans usually have smaller less powerful motors that do not move very much air. Airflow for ceiling fans is measured in CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute of air). The higher the CFM, the more cooling effect a fan will produce...and the more energy you will save on your air conditioning.
More About CFMs: Our website is the only site online that will show you a graph that compares the most important factors of ceiling fan performance in the search results. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our ceiling fan comparison graphs as you look through our site. For more information about CFM and comparing the performance of ceiling fans, read this page: Who Makes the Best Ceiling Fans? The Online Guide to Comparing Ceiling Fans.
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