Today, I’ll be looking at ceiling fans with lights attached to them. Perhaps you’re wondering: “what’s so interesting about ceiling fans that warrants a review on them?” Well, I wondered the same thing, but my boss says that ceiling fans with lights are apparently a hot SEO topic on Google.
Before writing this article, I did some research to find out what exactly could be written about this very, very niche topic. Unfortunately, I fell asleep while reading my competitor’s sites because I can’t handle poorly written content, and so I resolved to do a better job.
Even more unfortunately, my boss has decided that he wants informative content, and so he told me to “stop making stuff so ridiculous” (paraphrased, but you get the gist). In response, I will be channeling every ounce of malicious compliance I have, and make this outrageously informative. Don’t worry, I don’t think he reads my articles.
We’re all asking the same question, but I’m the only one called to the whiteboard. At the end of this article, I hope that all of you people living without lights on your ceiling fans find this useful.
After all, you’re the ones who asked for it.
What are ceiling fans with lights?
It’s rather self-explanatory, really. Everything you need to know about them is in the name, but since I was asked to make this as informative as possible, I’m going to explain it extremely clearly.
A ceiling fan with lights consists of a ceiling fan (wind-generating blades that go on the inside part of your roof) with a light attached to it (lights are a product of luminescence – although if you know the word ‘luminescence’ but not the word ‘light’ you may have something wrong with you somewhere).
Ceiling fans can be made from all sorts of materials – which isn’t a very impressive feat, when you think about it. All you need for a fan is a rotor. Any type of material can be used as the blade, although the individual results might vary vastly. Imagine using a folded sheet of tissue paper as a fan blade, or a shoelace.
I like to think of them as little stationary helicopters that you install in your home, with search lamps that only point in one direction. Some of the more complex models may have multiple lamps, while others only have one or two.
Make sure you install it properly, though. You don’t want to have your ceiling fan end up like this.
Advantages of ceiling fans with lights
For one, you get to have an awesome looking (depending on your preferences) piece of furniture at home. The two pieces of furniture often operate off a single remote, so you don’t have to replace as many batteries.
If you install light bulbs of different luminosities, they can function as mood lights. Mood lights are bulbs that help to set the atmosphere. For instance, if you want to get passionate with your significant other, you can set them to a dimmer, reddish hue.
On the other hand, if you want to get someone out of your house, splash a couple of drops of tonic water all over your seats, and fit a black light onto your ceiling fan. For all of you who don’t understand why, watch any episode of Hotel Hell.
The strength of the wind
Ceiling fans are a lot more powerful compared to standing fans or those pathetic handheld ones. A good ceiling fan can easily generate enough wind to blow your papers off your desk, which brings us to the next point.
Disadvantages of ceiling fans with lights
Cannot be aimed
Let’s say you want to keep yourself cool, but you’re working on a puzzle on your table. Maybe your job deals with plenty of loose paper documents, like an insurance agent or a postman.
Even the lowest setting on your fan might prove to be too much. Reincarnated tree pulp is now seeking refuge under the sofa, out the window, and beneath that heavy piece of furniture with the tiniest slit at the bottom.
Ceiling fans don’t allow you to choose where they blow. If you’ve installed it stupidly, you’re going to pay the price.
Every night is a disco
Turn on the lights and the fan at the same time, and you’ll find that your ceiling comes alive with countless alternations of shadow and light. As the light from your lamps catches the spinning fan blades, they create a strobe effect on the ceiling.
Can be a real pain to clean
Even when they’re off, it’s another challenge to get up there and clean your ceiling fan. Dirt falls on you when you wipe, and you have to precariously balance yourself on your stool the entire time. If one dirty spot is too far away, congratulations! Either you get down and move whatever it is you’re standing on, or risk falling off.
It’s a commitment
To install a ceiling fan can cost you up to a few hundred dollars, depending on the existing utilities you have in place. You have to take into account the wiring, installation, and the patching up of your ceiling.
And once that’s over, you can’t change your mind. You can’t buy a copper coloured fan and decide to renovate into a pure white theme without getting a contractor to uninstall your fan. It’s like an engagement; you have to think long and hard before dedicating yourself to it.
Introducing the fans
In this segment, I will be touching on the various ceiling fans (with lights!) that I have managed to find. Before I start, do take into consideration a few factors that will influence my judgements:
- I have not tested any of these products
- All information provided is as per listed on the website
- I cannot read Chinese well, so there may be a few inaccuracies in Chinese articles
- Opinions provided are my own, and not influenced by any sponsors, sadly enough
Wait! I forgot to mention this!
Also, as you read on, you may come across fan motors being marked as AC or DC. This refers to Alternating Currents and Direct Currents.
DC motors use less energy compared to a standard AC fan, and are generally extremely quiet. They often have more speed options, start and stop faster, and have a slimmer motor design, which means they save more space.
So why hasn’t everyone changed to DC fans?
For one, DC fans are more expensive compared to their AC counterparts, and the difference in energy efficiency has been decreasing as technology improves. They can also only be controlled by remote, with wall options available at an extra cost.
As technology improves, AC fans have also been redesigned to use less energy. All in all, there aren’t really a lot of reasons to pick a DC fan over an AC fan.
Yup, that’s the name of this fan. I truly wish that I was joking, but I’m not.
- Price: $172.54 for 36 inches, 182.75 for 42 inches.
- Mounting device: 15cm
- Height: 40cm
- Width: 107cm (42 inches)
- Power: 36W
- Material: Acrylic ABS fan blade
- Surface area (?):15m2-25m2
This fan’s lights can display three different colours. The product page doesn’t state what these colours are, but with most fans, they usually refer to the brightness/dimness setting. I’m not quite sure what surface area stands for either, but my guess is that it refers to the coverage that the fan can handle.
ABS, also known as Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, is a mix of a thermoplastic and a polymer. This makes it resistant to heat, which is important when you’re in constant contact with a running motor.
An acrylic fan blade is not as durable as a steel fan, but it generates just as much wind, and doesn’t produce as bad of a strobe light effect when you turn on the lights. Acrylic is a popular choice for fan blades nowadays, as it matches well with any theme.
All in all, not a lot of information is available on this fan. That being said, it’s the cheapest option on our list.
- Price: $220.00
- Width: 132cm (52 inches)
- Power: 36W
- Material: ABS plastic
- Light: 2x 10W LED light bulbs
Installation: If you have a pure concrete ceiling below 2.9 metres in height and an existing electrical point, installation is free of charge.
Alongside KDK, Fanco is a pretty popular ceiling fan model amongst Singaporeans. It’s affordable, sleek, and performs well for its price. The fans are also quieter compared to other brands.
The Fanco Eco-lite has a variety of options that comes with the remote. There are three speeds to the fan, a light switch, and a preset timer for the fan to automatically switch off after one hour, three hours, or six hours.
The product page recommends that the fan be fitted in the living room, although some have chosen to install it in their bedrooms as well. Reviews have stated that at the highest setting, the wind produced is ‘akin to that of a typhoon’.
This particular company seems to have fantastic customer service as well. If you’re unsure of whether or not installation is free for you, all you have to do is to snap a picture of your ceiling and send it to them.
- 12GX: $260.00
- 15GW: $290.00
- 12GX: 48 inches
- 15GW: 60 inches
- Material: Glass Reinforced Polypropylene (PPG) blades
- Light: LED lighting
- Motor: DC Motor
Panasonic has been a household name in Singapore for decades, and is as trusted as much as brands like Sony and Philips. The benefit that these Panasonic ceiling fans have over a few of the other fans is that they run off a DC motor.
They also have a large number of wind speeds, with nine different options for you to choose from.
- Price: $380.00
- Size: 1.2m
- Revolutions per minute (RPM):
- Low: 80
- High: 236
- Light: LED lighting
- Motor: DC Motor
- Noise level: 50dB
- Net weight: 4.9kg
Yes, I realize that the units keep changing from metres to inches and back, but please bear with me. I refrained from doing any conversion as doing so may result in a strange number such as 1.2192m, which may not be accurate at all. Most product pages also don’t follow a proper specifications listing scheme, which makes the information very scattered.
KDK’s ceiling fans are reputed as one of the most cost-efficient fans in the market. They do their job well, are affordable, and don’t malfunction easily. This model has 9 speed control options, and a timer that turns itself off after 1-8 hours.
It also features a DC motor, which could help you to save more energy.
- Price: $383.00
- Colour: Comes in black and white
- Revolutions per minute (RPM):
- Low: 80
- High: 235
- Light: LED lighting with 3 brightness options
- Motor: DC Motor
- Material: PPG blades
- Weight: 4.9kg
Like the entry preceding it, the KDK U48FP utilises a DC motor, and has almost equal specs. Some of the complaints for this fan comes from the overengineering of functions.
One of the problems of ceiling fans with lights, and the one I face at home as well, is that they don’t have an on/off switch for lights. You have to toggle through three different lights if you want to turn it off, which can be bothersome if the switch is unresponsive. Tapping too fast can cause you to inadvertently miss the ‘off’ setting and turn the light back on, which results in a lot of exasperation.
There is apparently not much power when it comes to air delivery, even with the touted Yuragi function. The Yuragi function uses a fluctuating pattern to generate a gentle breeze, which supposedly gives you a peaceful and comfortable feeling. However, most people seem to be satisfied with the power of the fan, which could mean that some poor fella’s ceilings were simply too high for the fan to work effectively.
- Price: $405.00
- Colour: White
- Light: LED lighting with 4 brightness options
- Material: ABS blades
- Size: 52 inches
The second Fanco entry on the list, this fan features twisted blades. This is because on normal fans, the speed at the tip is higher than the speed at the base. This causes extra drag near the tips, which can wear out the blade quicker.
To counter this, engineers have made the tip bend, so that the drag is equal along all edges of the blade, resulting in a longer product lifespan. It also has the benefit of looking really cool.
This particular model also claims to have an ultra silent motor, which means that it would be perfect for your bedroom.
- Price: $469.00
- Colour: Cherrywood blades, with grey/white handles and bronze/grey lightbulb lip
- Light: OSRAM LED lighting with 3 colour options, including a dimmer function
- Size: 56 inches
- Motor: Japanese ceramic ball bearing motor DC motor
This is an interesting fan. The product page states that the fan can spin backwards, which is something limited to fans with DC motors. Unfortunately, a fan with propellers such as this would mean that cooler air gets pulled up into your fan and hot air is recirculated around your room, making it hotter. The function would be great for countries with cold weather, but it will seldom see any use in sunny Singapore.
The ball bearing motor also means that your motor experiences less wear and tear due to decreased friction. This allows it to run longer, and since the ball bearings are made of ceramic instead of metal, they don’t get damaged as easily either.
My favourite thing about fans with polished wooden blades is that they don’t rust. They’re super easy to clean since they naturally repel dirt, and can be taken down and blasted with a hose. You can do the same with acrylic fans, but metal fans require you to wipe them down with a damp towel several times, which can be rather laborious.
And there you have it: a few of the best ceiling fans with lights that you can find online. I hope you guys have found a model that you liked by now, or that you learnt as much as I did – because that’s what these articles are all about: learning about new things together.
At least, that’s going to be the case until some company finally decides to send some stuff my way to review.
Stay bright, stay cool, and stay on my site!