The Many Benefits of LED Ceiling Fans
There’s no getting around it: LED lights are superior in almost every way to typical incandescents and other outdated light technologies. They have the power to save you money, hassle and waste, and they’re truly revolutionizing the way we light our world. When you’re shopping for the perfect ceiling fan, you should put the lighting type on your priority list with size, style and budget to ensure that your living space is fashioned for the future. Here are some specific benefits LED fans can bring to your home.
1. The Efficiency Factor: 75 Percent Less Energy—The chief reason why you should switch to an LED ceiling fan is because their light components save energy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), LED lights use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent lighting and the technology has “the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the U.S.” So LEDs are energy-savers. What’s the big deal about that? Here are some ways this benefits you as a consumer:
- Efficiency Equals Cost Savings—If you still haven’t seen the energy-saving power of LED lights first-hand, consider this: replacing your incandescent lights with LEDs can save you up to 84 percent in lighting costs. When you perform a whole-home LED upgrade, you’ll shave big dollars off your utilities costs. Know that the lower energy draw of your ceiling fan heightens the efficiency of the entire unit, helping it qualify for programs such as EnergyStar.
- Efficiency Equals Sustainability—Not only does the big switch benefit you and your family, it also benefits the planet as a whole. The technology supports the environment by reducing the demand from power suppliers and lessening our greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, LEDs are mostly recyclable and don’t contain the same wasteful mercury found in compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. If you’re looking for a relatively simple and affordable way to reduce your carbon footprint, go LED!
2. The Longevity Factor: Fewer Bulb Changes—Replacing the light bulb on your ceiling fan can be a hassle requiring you to get out the toolbox and ladder. One of the biggest benefits of an LED ceiling fan is that the bulb won’t need to be changed as frequently as one using incandescents. Some LED bulbs can last between 50,000 and 100,000 hours, which translates to six years when run all day everyday with no breaks. Compare that to the maximum lifespan of about 20,000 hours for CFLs and up to 2,000 for incandescents. Realistically, if you do not use the light on your fan constantly, you probably won’t have to change the bulb on your fan for about a decade!
3. The Customization Factor: More Options—If you plan for your lighted ceiling fan to serve as a primary source of general lighting in the room, the color and brightness should be tailored to your unique preferences. LED lights come in broad assortment of color tones, which are known as correlated color temperature (CCT) values. That means you can buy them in temperatures ranging from warm (yellowish) to cool (more white or blue). You also have an assortment of brightness options (measured in lumens) with this type of bulb and you need to make sure you are going to get enough light. LED bulbs are measured in lumens and about 1600 lumens is equal to a 100 watt incandescent bulb. Even more, the EPA does not consider a ceiling fan to be the primary light source in any room and have put restrictions on the amount of electricity they can use, so pay careful attention to the lumens if you want the fan to light your room because most LED fans are designed for task lighting, not as a primary light source.
4. The Versatility Factor: Great for Indoor and Outdoor Use—Did you know that LED lights are surprisingly durable compared with other types? In fact, they can be installed in a broad range of climates without compromising performance or causing significant wear and tear. They also operate on lower voltages than other types of lights, which makes them more versatile in terms of installation codes and zoning. It also makes them safer to install (there is a reduced shock risk) and prevents property damage that could occur during installation.
5. The Design Factor: Sleek Styles and Contemporary Looks—LED arrays can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes and take up much less space than a conventional light bulb. This gives manufacturers a completely different set of parameters to work with opening up the imagination of the ceiling fan designers. You can expect to see some very unique designs like we are seeing in the decorative lighting industry, but for now, most fan manufacturers are taking advantage of the fact that LED lights can fit in very small spaces, so the lights are generally very flush to the bottom of the fan, thus eliminating the gangly light kits of the past.
Giving Your Home a Floor-to-Ceiling LED Upgrade
For all of these reasons and many more, it’s a smart move to upgrade all of your fans to LED models. In addition to LED ceiling fans, we also offer LED light fixtures for every room in your home as well as your outdoor living spaces. Pitching your incandescents is easier than you might expect thanks to LED retrofit kits and other useful solutions. As always, we invite our customers to reach out to our expert team for personalized advice on lighting and ceiling fans. We’re more than happy to assist.