Guide To Ceiling Fans With Lights
Spinifex’s ceiling fans with lights are a distinguishing feature of the Spinifex range. Designer Ron Rezek, who is responsible for many of the Spinifex designs, earned a reputation as a designer of contemporary decorative lighting before developing the first modern ceiling fan in 1986. Rezek’s roots in lighting design are apparent in his ceiling fans and according to Rezek lighting should be an integral part of a ceiling fan’s design in terms of look and functionality.
When considering ceiling fans with lights some points to consider include:
Design form: Quality fan lights have a consistent form with the body of the fan. The resulting shape seamlessly integrates the mechanical components and lighting for exceptional functionality and visual balance.
Design function: Superior fan lights have either a single lamp vertically mounted beneath the fan or two opposing horizontal lamps to evenly spread light around the room and prevent hot spots on the glass diffuser.
Diffuser quality (glass): Good diffusers are constructed from two layers of glass with the inner coloured layer (often white) providing an even optical transparency and the outer structural layer being acid etched to further enhance the look and optical diffusion properties. Beware of plastic diffusers or a single glass layer with the inner optical layer painted on to the structural outer layer.
Lamps / globes:
- Halogens: Consume more energy than CFLs or LEDs but produce the best quality light (colour render), are easily dimmable, affordable, produce good ambient light and don’t mind being turned on and off.
- CFLs: Are a greener solution than halogen lamps because they consume less energy, but are relatively large, have inferior colour render characteristics to halogens, and often need to warm up to reach full brightness.
- LEDs: Are likely to be the way of the future however the technology is not yet mature. Enormous R&D investments are being made to address issues with LEDs including: i) poor colour render, ii) highly directional light, and iii) high cost. Plus LEDs don’t like being mounted on the back of a ceiling fan because the heat generated by the motor of the fan reduces the life of the LEDs. Once these problems are resolved the whole lighting industry will likely move to LED technology.
Read more about what makes a great ceiling fan.
Halo ceiling fan with light
The Halo is an integration of form and functionality offering both exceptional air movement and quality lighting. The light consists of a single Edison screw lamp (E27) vertically mounted to generate even light dispersion and designed to comfortably accommodate compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to reduce energy consumption. Learn more about the Halo ceiling fan with light.
Schoolhouse ceiling fan with light
The light is an integral element of the Schoolhouse ceiling fan. Housing two Edison screw lamps (E27) suitable for use with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), the Schoolhouse can generate the equivalent of 200 watts of light from conventional incandescent lamps, more than enough to light a medium to large room. Learn more about the Schoolhouse ceiling fan with light.
Velo ceiling fan with light
The Velo has two lighting options, a 25 watt Edison screw (E27) compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and a compact 100 watt halogen lamp. Due to the vertical alignment of the lamps in both lighting options the Velo ceiling fan light has no hot spots and sheds an even light around a room. Learn more about the Velo ceiling fan with light.
Ball ceiling fan with light
The Ball ceiling fan with light houses a 100 watt linear halogen lamp, but unlike most ceiling fans using linear halogen technology the lamp is mounted in such a ways as to eliminate hot spots on the glass diffuser. The compact size of the Ball fan with it lighting option makes it popular in contemporary spaces where the bulk of the fan and lamp needs to be kept to a minimum without compromising the quality of the light. Learn more about the Ball ceiling fan with light.
Altus ceiling fan with light
The Altus ceiling fan light offers a single compact halogen lamp rated to 100 watts. Light from the Altus is evenly spread around a room and generates no unsightly hotspots on the glass diffuser. Learn more about the Altus ceiling fan with light.