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Purchasing a ceiling fan with built in lights is a great way to keep your ceiling looking uncluttered and kill two birds with one stone. The problem is, many of the lights built into ceiling fans simply aren’t bright enough, especially if it’s the only lighting in the room.
In this guide, we offer some recommendations for ceiling fans with good lighting that we have selected based on a few different factors, but primarily because the light kits included are on the bright side. Then we have a couple of tips to keep in mind when purchasing a ceiling fan with bright lights.
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Quick Look at Our Recommendations
If you’re short on time, you can take a look at the table below to compare our top recommendations. Further down the page we have a more in-depth look at each model.
Harbor Breeze Mazon (44″)
Westinghouse Cayuga (60″)
Hunter Indoor Low Profile (42″)
Westinghouse Elite (48″)
Reiga Modern (44″)
Best Ceiling Fans with Bright Lights
Below you can find our recommendations for ceiling fans with bright lights. We’ve included as much info as we can find such as features, pros, cons, and any other helpful tips we’ve come across.
1. Harbor Breeze Mazon (44″)
The Harbor Breeze Mazon has a sleek, modern design perfect for kitchens, with three blades and a matte opal glass light kit . The flush mount installation makes it ideal for rooms with low ceilings and the reverse feature can be used in the winter to pull cold air up and push warm air down. There are three speed settings (standard for most ceiling fans) and the lights are dimmable.
There are mixed reviews when it comes to the brightness of the lights. Most users found them to be plenty bright whilst a few were disappointed in the lack of brightness. However, it could be the case that those disappointed had not turned the lights on to the brightest setting which is done by holding down the light button on the remote. Another thing to note with the lights is that they are integrated and not replaceable. This means you won’t be able to switch them out for different bulbs if you aren’t happy with them or the integrated lights fail.
Whilst the fan can be hooked up to a wall switch to turn it on and off, it seems that you will need the remote to change the settings. This means you really don’t want to lose the remote! A wall cradle is included for the remote which is nice, but the color of the remote is quite odd and isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing.
The blades can be scratched quite easily so make sure you’re super careful when opening the package if you decide to purchase this fan.
2. Westinghouse Cayuga (60″)
The Westinghouse Cayuga is a 60″ fan with 6 blades and is ideal for living rooms. The LED light kit has opal frosted glass and is very bright on the highest setting. The motor can be reversed to use in the winter to pull cool air up and force warm air down. There are 4 speed settings and the lights are dimmable.
A few users have found they weren’t able to dim the lights. In order to dim the lights, you need to hold down the light button on the remote. However, one thing to note is that the lights don’t dim that much and are still fairly bright on the lowest setting.
The fan includes a remote control that can be mounted to the wall. The remote can be a bit slow to respond which might be annoying if you plan on frequently changing settings.
You can hook the fan up to a wall switch, but as far as I can tell, you can only turn it on and off from the wall and will need to use the remote to change the settings.
At 60″ this is a fairly large fan and moves a good amount of air making it a suitable choice for large rooms. It’s also very quiet but isn’t the easiest or quickest to install.
3. Hunter Indoor Low Profile (42″)
The Hunter Indoor Low Profile ceiling fan has farmhouse rustic feel to it. The 42″ blades and low profile flush mount installation makes it a great choice for smaller rooms with low ceilings. There are 3 speed settings and the motor can be reversed to use in the winter.
The lights are very bright on this fan. In fact, a few users have found them to be too bright. The lights are dimmable, however, you will need a remote for this which is not included, but a compatible model can be found here (link to Amazon). The fan can also be hooked up to a wall switch, or you can use the pull chains included with the fan.
The fan is quiet, moves a lot of air, and is reasonably easy to install.
4. Westinghouse Elite (48″)
The Westinghouse Elite ceiling fan has a contemporary, clean, and sleek design. The blades are 48″, there are 3 speed settings, the lights are dimmable, and the motor is reversible for the winter.
An important thing to note with this fan is that the lights are spot lights. They are very bright, but since they focus the light on one spot, they aren’t great as primary lighting for a whole room. But as additional lighting to provide focused bright light on a few areas, they are great. There are three spot lights and the angle of each one can be adjusted to point in different directions.
The fan is quiet, moves a lot of air, and is reasonable easy to assemble. There is a pull chain included, or it can be hooked up to a wall switch. A remote is not included, but it is compatible with this remote (link to Amazon).
The fan is quiet, moves a lot of air, and is reasonable easy to assemble.
5. Reiga Modern (44″)
The Reiga Modern ceiling fan is a unique fan on our list in that it has retractable blades. When the blades are retracted, it will look just like an ordinary light. It will look great in a room with modern and contemporary decor. The blades automatically retract and stretch out when the fan is turned on or off.
The light is bright and there are three settings: white light, warm light, and yellow light. The fan has three speed settings and a 1/2/4/8 hr. shutdown timer.
The Reiga Modern is a quiet fan but still puts out a lot of air. It’s relativelt easy to install and a remote control is included.
A Few Tips
The first thing we’ll do is go over a couple of tips which may help you out as you buy a ceiling fan with bright lights.
- Replacement bulbs: Many fans allow you to change the bulbs which allows you to put a brighter bulb in if the supplied bulbs aren’t bright enough. Some bulbs are integrated with the fan though, in which case you can’t change bulbs so be sure to check. The fans we’ve chosen come with bright lights already (some replaceable, some integrated).
- Dimmable lights: It is common for ceiling fan lights to be dimmable. Sometimes it isn’t made clear how to turn the brightness up so after you turn the lights on it seems they aren’t bright at all. Usually, you increase the brightness by holding the light button on the remote. Obviously this isn’t always the case as some lights just aren’t that bright, but it’s worth keeping in mind if you’re expecting the lights to be brighter.
How We Chose Our Top Picks
Brightness is subjective and what might be very bright for one person won’t be bright at all for another. To select the fans for our list, we scoured the reviews of the top rated ceiling fans with lights and picked out the fans where the majority of the reviews mentioning lights suggested the lights were very bright. If lots of users claimed the lights weren’t bright enough, we cut that fan from our list.
We also took into consideration other factors such as effectiveness at moving air, ease of installation, noise level, features, design, etc.
Last update on 2023-02-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API