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Ceiling Fans: With or Without Light?

Choosing the best ceiling fan can sometimes be a tedious process. When it comes to picking between a ceiling fan having or not having a light there are a few aspects that you’ll want to consider. Decide on exactly where the ceiling fan needs to be located in your home and make sure you know what you ideally want to use that space for. If your ceiling fan is going to be centred in the middle of a smaller sized room, like a bedroom, then you might find a ceiling fan with a light  favourable. But, if the space your ceiling fan will be is quite large, maybe a large kitchen or a living room, then it will be useful to steer towards a ceiling fan without light, especially when the ceiling fan will not be centred. 

When to Get a Ceiling Fan With Light


For the most part, people will use a ceiling fan with light when it is being used in small bedrooms or offices and when the ceiling fan is in the centre of the room. This is because the light distribution is normally enough from a ceiling fan with a light in smaller rooms, but it definitely comes down to personal preference. If you want more light in your rooms or are sure you want the light to fall in certain areas, then installing separate lighting and ceiling fans will work better for you. Ceiling fans with a light can be really handy when you have an existing oyster light that you’re wanting to replace with a ceiling fan. This is because in most cases, no additional wiring is required if you get a ceiling fan with a remote. In this case, replacing an existing oyster light with a ceiling fan with light can be a great fit for your area!

Check Out These Great Ceiling Fans With Light

When to Get a Ceiling Fan Without Light


When we look at larger spaces in the home, like living rooms and kitchens a ceiling fan without light can sometimes be preferred in this situation. This is mainly because these types of rooms are less likely to have a ceiling fan in the centre of the room, which means the light would not be evenly distributed throughout the space. If you have a space that requires light to be concentrated over a particular area then having your ceiling fan and lighting outlets separately will work better. 

Check Out Some of Our Ceiling Fans Without Light

Why Not Both? 

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Why should you have to choose either or? Well, the good news is that you don’t! With the new Breeze Silent Ceiling Fan Range from Airborne Fans, you no longer have to pick. The Breeze Silent Range has a retrofittable light kit available, meaning you can change between having your ceiling fan with or without a light. If you install a Breeze Silent without light and later down the line change your mind, you simply can just add the retrofittable light kit into the already installed ceiling fan.

Check Out The New Breeze Silent Range Here 

Will the Ceiling Fan Light Be Enough? 

Now, this will completely depend on what type of lighting you prefer and require in your space, but, a good rule of thumb is replacing like-for-like. So this means if you have an incandescent or halogen 100w oyster light in your home you should get similar light output from a 15w - 20w led light. Check out the below table to find which bulb replacement is right for you.

Incandescent Bulk to LED Bulb Equivalents

Incandescent Bulb

LED Bulb



3 - 5W



6 - 9W



8 - 15W



12 - 17W



15 - 19W



20 - 25W



Up to 30W



Still Have More Questions?

We know that sometimes picking your ceiling fan can be confusing, that’s why we’re more than happy to help you on your way to finding the best ceiling fan for you! Contact us today and our friendly customer service team will help answer any of your ceiling fan questions!