Ceiling Fan Accessories and Purchasing Choices

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Ceiling Fan Accessories and Purchasing Choices

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Ceiling fan light kits can be purchased three different ways: (1) integrated into the fan, (2) included with the fan at the time of purchase, or (3) sold separately. Many of the light kits that are sold separately are "universal," meaning that they can be used on a number of different fan models. Similarly, most ceiling fans are light kit adaptable. However, there are many cases where compatibility is only between light kits and ceiling fans under the same brand. Information regarding light kit/ceiling fan compatibility should be found on the product packaging.

Be sure to look for controls that match up with your ceiling fan: maximum amps, number of speeds, total lamp wattage, and brand. Some of the remote and wall controls work with a number of different ceiling fan brands; however, there are some remotes that should only be used with specific brands. Check with the sales associate and/or the product packaging if purchasing the controls separately.

Purchasing Choices
Ceiling fans are sold in many different distribution channels: lighting and builder showrooms, national retail chains, hardware stores, and electrical distributors. Showrooms offer consumers many different brands, finishes, blade types, and light kit options. Here, each consumer may essentially design his or her own fan. Retail chains and hardware stores usually offer a number of different choices in completed fans, with or without lighting, and light kits.

Credits: US Department of Energy (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ceiling_fans.pr_ceiling_fans_purchase)

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