Which Type of Ceiling Fan is For You?

With so many different types of ceiling fans available, how do you know which is for you? Dulles Electric Supply is a lighting store in Sterling, Virginia, that serves the greater Washington, D.C. area. Our mission is to help homeowners and business owners have the best lighting to fit their needs. Our lighting specialists are passionate about lighting, and we love to help customers light up with joy (pun intended) at finding the perfect lighting solution. Below, we'll go over some tips on how to discover which type of ceiling fan is right for you. Stop by our Sterling showroom, or browse online today!

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Standard Ceiling Fan

The first type of ceiling fan invented is the standard ceiling fan and probably the fan that comes to mind when you think of a ceiling fan. Standard ceiling fans come in all styles, finishes, colors, and designs to meet your needs, but above all, they are simple in design — blades and a motor are the crux of this simple machine. This type of ceiling fan is perfect for any room and for rooms where you don't necessarily want the ceiling fan to stand out from the crowd.

Ceiling Fan With Lights

Ceiling fans with lights are some of the more popular choices because they function both to cool your room and to provide an overhead light source. Many builders choose ceiling fans rather than an overhead light for rooms, particularly bedrooms. Ceiling fans with lights are great choices for smaller bedrooms or children's rooms because they offer a cooling effect and an overhead light source that doesn't take up too much room.

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Many people love the idea of a ceiling fan with a light, but they don’t particularly like the aesthetic look of the one light in the center of the fan. Thus, the fandelier was born, a combination of a ceiling fan with a chandelier. A fandelier keeps the classic look and feel of a chandelier but with the addition of the fan to add functionality to their space. Fandeliers are popular in dining rooms and entrances where you want the lighting to add to your home or office's decor.

Dual Motor Ceiling Fan

Dual motor ceiling fans are characterized by two fan heads attached to a center light (some, however, have no center lights). This type of ceiling fan is popular in industrial areas and businesses because you can customize each fan head for the needs of the entire space. They offer superb air circulation in their designated areas and are easy to adjust. Choose this type of fan for your large spaces, such as your restaurant, office, warehouse, or garage.

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Low-Profile Ceiling Fan

Many people live in apartments or condos that just don't have the ceiling height that other homes have. Low-profile or flush mount ceiling fans are installed without using a downrod. Instead, they are installed directly onto a mounting bracket in order to provide the proper ground clearance for residents and staff. Low-profile ceiling fans are great for rooms with ceilings that are eight feet tall or less.

Large Ceiling Fan

It should come as no surprise that large ceiling fans are great for larger spaces. These would include a room with a loft or rooms with ceilings higher than 10 feet tall. These large ceiling fans have weighted blades that require a heavier-duty motor in order to operate. Large ceiling fans come in great styles, finishes, and looks, so they can still go great with your existing decor.

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Commercial Ceiling Fan

Commercial ceiling fans are designed for larger spaces, such as warehouses, gymnasiums, sports arenas, and more where you want air continuously moving for the purposes of ventilation and temperature control. Commercial ceiling fans offer all of the same features as their smaller counterparts, including the ability to have their direction reversed in the winter. Let our staff know how we can help today.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Outdoor ceiling fans are one of our bestsellers here at Dulles Electric Supply. Homeowners and business owners understand the value of being outside, so they are investing in their outdoor living spaces to make their time outdoors as comfortable as can be. Outdoor ceiling fans are made specifically to withstand the elements, so you don't have to worry about them getting wet, damp, or snowed on. Outdoor ceiling fans can be installed easily in patio and deck areas. Learn more from our dedicated lighting staff today.

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The variety of ceiling fans makes it easy for you to find the perfect one for your needs. It's easiest if you decide on the location of your ceiling fan first. This will allow you to narrow down your search for the perfect ceiling fan for your needs based on that room. You'll be able to determine the size, the style, if you need or want a ceiling fan with lights, and which mount-type is right for you. After that, it's simply a matter of finding the style and look you are going for.

The lighting specialists at Dulles Electric Supply can't wait to help you find the ceiling fan and other lighting for your needs. We are passionate about ensuring you understand your options, so you don't miss out on any type of lighting you may not be aware of. We are focused on education, including making sure you understand the care instructions of your lighting and fans. Stop by our Sterling lighting showroom, or browse online today!