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How do I Choose the Best Ceiling Fan Bulbs?

By S. Gonzales
Updated May 16, 2024
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Choosing the best ceiling fan bulbs doesn't have to be difficult. As a general rule, you'll want to find ceiling fan bulbs that fit with the size and shape of your ceiling fan. Selecting a bulb that emits light of the appropriate color can greatly effect your satisfaction with the bulbs. Choosing a bulb that compliments the design of your fan can also add to your decoration efforts.

A big part of choosing ceiling fan bulbs is selecting an appropriate color. Bulbs can come in a wide array of colors, but most people opt for bulbs that are close to white. Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs come in yellowish hues, but they can also come in stark white or have bluish tints. Selecting the right color can depend on where you have your ceiling fan. Yellow-light producing bulbs with a Kelvin scale rating of 2700K–3000K can be suitable for living rooms, and white lights with a rating of 3500K–4100K and blue lights with a rating of 5000K–6500K can be appropriate for places such as laundry rooms or other areas of the home that see a lot of practical activity.

Spiral bulbs are popular ceiling fan bulbs. They can produce as much light as incandescent bulbs, but with a significantly lower amount of energy expended, so they are preferred by many people. Their ability to be used in almost any common lighting device makes them a great choice for those who are looking for economic options. If you take issue with the appearance of spiral bulbs, you might want to choose A-bulbs as your ceiling fan bulbs. The difference between spiral bulbs and A-bulbs is that A-bulbs look like incandescent bulbs but function like spirals.

Covered globes can be a smart option if you have ceiling fans where the bulbs are visible. Ceiling fan bulbs that can be classified as covered globes are just spiral bulbs that have additional, decorative covers over them. The cover is for presentation and can help you fit your ceiling fan bulbs into your decor.

Indoor reflector bulbs are yet another choice for ceiling fan use. These bulbs are adept at producing light that can be focused, or directional light. They can be a great option for you if you are concerned about having the light from your ceiling fan hit in specific places.

Candle bulbs can be appropriate to use in ceiling fans that don't give much room for bulb space. They're sleek and compact and can give an air of simple sophistication to your home. They can also be used in other devices, if you need to use a small bulb elsewhere.

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Discussion Comments

By Ruggercat68 — On May 20, 2014

When I went shopping for new ceiling fans with lights, I wanted to make sure they accepted standard light bulbs. I found some that needed specialty light bulbs because of the shape of the ceiling fan globes. Those ceiling fan bulbs can be expensive to replace compared to fluorescent light bulbs.

By Inaventu — On May 19, 2014

As inconvenient as it is to reach my ceiling fan light bulbs, I would think longevity would be a serious consideration. I like those compact fluorescent light bulbs as long as the globes will fit over them. I don't want to have to climb a ladder and change a standard bulb every few months.

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