Replacing the light on a ceiling fan If you need a ceiling fan with a light, you also need to understand how your choice affects your future options when it comes time to replace the globe. Finding the best option to suit your needs now can make your life easier down the track.
Ceiling fans with integrated LEDs
Most ceiling fans with lights have an integrated LED panel. Because these panels are flat, they fit smoothly onto the base of a ceiling fan, allowing for more attractive design options. This type of light is capable of producing a bright light with minimal energy consumption. On top of this, these panels don’t need replacing as often as traditional globes. Some manufacturers claim their LEDs have a life expectancy of up to 25,000 hours, which is impressive. However, because they such a long life expectancy, these LED panels aren’t designed to be easily replaced.
If you need to replace an integrated LED light, you may need to source a replacement part from your place of purchase. Once you have the replacement part, you will need to hire an electrician to change the panel. Keep in mind that the cost and availability of replacement parts will vary between models.
In most cases, this type of light has a separate warranty.
Ceiling fans with user-replaceable LEDs
A recent innovation from Fanco and Claro fans was to introduce a ceiling fan with a user-replaceable LED light. Because the lights on these units have an isolated driver, anyone can replace them. The lights panels for these fans are specific to the exact model, and they are listed as accessories on the listings for their fans. Some customers even like to purchase an extra LED panel when they buy their fan. That way, if their light ever needs replacing, you don’t need to wait for a replacement. Like all LED panels, these panels only need to be replaced very rarely, so they are well worth the investment. If you have trouble finding what you need, call us or send us an email.
Replacing the light on a ceiling fan with an E27 or B22 fitting
Some fans are compatible with the standard light globes you use in other parts of your home. These globes are probably the most intuitive to understand and the easiest to find. They are readily available in supermarkets or hardware stores. You can even find energy-efficient LEDs to suit these fittings.
Ceiling fans using this type of light usually look quite different to the models without lights in their range. E27 and B22 globes need more space than an LED panel, so the light fitting is inside a bowl underneath the fan. There are very few design variations available for fans with E27 or B22 light fittings. That said, if you like the E27/B22 style, they are an excellent option.
Replacing the light on ceiling fans with add-on light kits
There are also ceiling fans that allow you to add a light kit post-installation. This design gives you the option to purchase a replacement light kit and have an electrician replace the light on your fan. Depending on how long ago you bought your fan, these light kits may be easier to source than a spare part. We list light kits as accessories on the listings for their compatible fans.