A Comprehensive Guide to LED Ceiling Fans
Rather than using compact fluorescents (CFL bulbs), LED ceiling fans utilize light-emitting diodes, also known as LEDs. These types of lights are energy-saving, cost-effective, and long-lasting. As a result, fans with efficient lighting are becoming increasingly popular. Here’s an overview of how LED ceiling fans work, the many benefits, and the best options when you’re looking to buy.
How Do LED Ceiling Fans Work?
Here’s how ceiling fans with LED lights work. There’s an electrical current that illuminates the light-emitting diodes via a microchip, resulting in visible light. In the process, the LEDs produce a small amount of heat, which is absorbed into small heat tanks and then dissipated into the surrounding air.
Older ceiling fans often had incandescent, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs, which emit light and heat in all directions, even upward into the fan, where it is wasted. LED lights, on the other hand, produce significantly less heat, and LED arrays direct light only where they are aiming so they are not wasting energy.
What Is an LED Array?
LEDs may either be in the form of a screw-in bulb or an LED array. An array is a series of LED chips arranged in a pattern designed to spread the light in a specific direction. Unlike a traditional light bulb that screws in, an array is an electronic component that is built-in or plugged in. The advantage of LED arrays over bulbs is they can be made very flat, which means the light can be built flush to the bottom of the fan.
How Long Do LEDs Last?
The main advantage of LEDs aside from their exceptional efficiency is their long life. Most LED arrays are expected to last between 40,000 and 50,000 hours. Unlike traditional light bulbs that may need to be replaced annually, an LED array that is on 4 or 5 hours per day may never need to be replaced. This long life enables manufacturers to incorporate an LED array into a ceiling fan in such a way that it is a built-in component rather than a temporary part that burns out and needs to be replaced. You can consider an LED array to be more like a capacitor when it comes to fan parts.
What Are the Benefits of LED Ceiling Fans?
Many homeowners and business owners are investing in ceiling fans with LED lights because they produce light with 90% more efficiency than traditional options. In turn, the demand on power suppliers is lessened, lowering greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, LEDs are recyclable and don’t contain the wasteful mercury found in CFL bulbs.
On top of protecting the environment, purchasing an LED ceiling fan will lower your utility bills. In fact, the energy-efficiency can save you 84% on lighting costs. With a whole-home LED upgrade, you’ll see a major return on investment.
Here are a few more reasons to make the switch to LED ceiling fans:
- Longer-lasting and fewer bulb changes
- Super-efficient, low-cost lighting
- Works for outdoor and indoor use
- Sleek and contemporary-looking bulbs
- Varying degrees of color temperatures to choose from
What Are the Best LED Ceiling Fans?
While there are hundreds of LED ceiling fans, here are a couple of popular ones that are worth checking out:
Modern Forms® Wynd 60" in Stainless Steel
This fan comes with all-weather blades, and the material is a 316 marine-grade stainless steel, which is designed to handle harsh outdoor climates. Modern Forms products come with LED lighting, available in 2700K (softer yellow), 3000K (natural white), and 3500K (crisp white) color temperatures. Plus, the bulbs are energy-saving and dimmable.
The ceiling fan has an ultra-efficient DC motor, 60-inch blade span, and six speeds. Additionally, it comes in multiple finishes, including graphite, bronze, and matte white—each of which provide a contemporary, sleek look.
52" Renegade Matte White
This option comes with a 3000K LED bulb that’s long-lasting and will provide plenty of light. The fan has an industrial design that performs well both indoors and outdoors, as the housing and finishes are made from wet-rated aluminum.
This model also has a powerful DC motor. Between the efficient design, blades, and lighting, installing the 52" Renegade will lead to significant savings on your energy bills.
When you’re ready to purchase an LED ceiling fan, contact our team at Hansen Wholesale. We’ll walk you through the various options and answer your questions along the way. Call (800) 201-1193 to speak with one of our experts.
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