The lights on ceiling fans be replaced, but a high degree of knowledge in electrical engineering is required for such a modification. If your ceiling fan light is too dim, you can brighten it by replacing the bulb and globe with versions that provide the most light. This easy solution will provide you with additional light with no technical knowledge needed.
Remove the globe covering the light bulb. This is often made of frosted glass, and is held in place with three or four screws. Loosen the screws while holding the globe until you can pull it away.
Determine the maximum wattage the light socket can handle. This information is provided on a sticker attached to the light, or is printed on the light socket itself.
Screw in an A-Line halogen light bulb with clear glass. Use a bulb with the maximum wattage allowed by the fixture. Halogen bulbs give off 50 percent more light for the wattage than incandescent bulbs, so a 60-watt halogen bulb is as bright as a 90-watt incandescent one.
Replace the frosted globe with one made of clear glass.
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 lighting fixtures do not use over 190 watts of electricity & that there be a mechanism in place that does not permit 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. Historically, there were five lighting fixtures that used 60 watt incandescent fan bulbs leading to 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 ceiling fans with lights bulbs are used, they are not dimmable. So be cautious to take note of the type of bulbs used in a ceiling fan light as well as the wattage. Keep in mind that ceiling fans with lights bulbs will use about 1/3 the wattage as incandescent bulbs. So you can assume that a 26 watt ceiling fans with lights is about as bright as a 60 watt incandescent bulb & a 13 watt ceiling fans with lights is less bright than a single 40 watt incandescent bulb. Halogen lights are the brightest & appear 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 & most natural. Halogen bulbs appear to be stark & bright, whereas fluorescent bulbs produce a less natural spectrum...usually more blue in color.
The coordination of ceiling fans and lights must first begin with what is known as a lighting plan, which is simply a blueprint for how lighting fixtures will be placed and used within a particular space.
You can pair indirect lighting with a ceiling fan to create a dramatic appearance. Hide indirect lighting fixtures using linear strips, which are easy to conceal at the top of a cabinet. Use recessed lights to illuminate the length of the room and create a general-purpose lighting scheme.
There are many types of ceiling fans with lights available on the market today, and they fall into three main categories: uplight style, downlight style, and decorative style light varieties. Uplight ceiling fans can add a certain indirect lighting effect, while downlight ceiling fan designs are the most common, and provide mostly direct or diffused light.
Ceiling fans with uplights are basically a light mounted on top of a ceiling fan motor, which adds an indirect lighting effect upward toward the ceiling, outward to the sides, or downward through the fan blades. One concern people have with these types of ceiling fans with lights, however, is that the fan blades may cast a shadow on the floor and furnishings below. Uplight style ceiling fans typically cast light onto the ceiling, producing an ambient, understated glow in any room. These type of ceiling fans are suitable for bedrooms or any space where indirect lighting is preferred.
Downlight style ceiling fans can add direct or ambient light to a room. These types of ceiling fans with lights provide the most abundant light as well as a variety of lights affixed below the fan motor. Decorative ceiling fans with lights are generally fans which have light bulbs mounted inside the housing that encloses the motor. .
Ceiling fan with lights are popular in our houses. A ceiling fan light serves a dual purpose as it's both a light fixture and a fan. Fan types of ceiling lights are suitable for every room, especially in warmer climates as they help circulate the air. Ceiling fan lighting looks great with tropical or rustic decor, but a ceiling fan light with fancier blades, perhaps even trimmed in metal, can blend well with more upscale rooms.
Florescent ceiling light fixtures are usually rectangular shapes that hold florescent tubes and these lights often attach directly to the ceiling. Florescent tube ceiling lights tend to be economical fixtures often found in rental apartments, hallways and laundry rooms. The outer frame may be a lightweight metal and a clear plastic cover may fit over the section that contains the florescent light tubes.