Thursday, December 26th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Outdoor Ceiling Fan

It is absolutely possible to keep your outdoor areas cool and comfortable even under the hot summer sun with outdoor ceiling fans – your outdoor patio, porch or gazebo can be cooled with a ceiling fan much like your indoor rooms. But you must first be sure to find out that the UL listing on your fan is compatible with your intended location.

There are three possible ratings for ceiling fans – indoor, damp and wet location. Indoor ceiling fans should never be used outside; the fan’s motor is not built for the humidity found even in a covered location. Humidity can affect the motor’s life and performance. Most interior blades will warp and droop when exposed to moisture over time and warped blades will not only look unsightly but they will be off balance causing the fan to wobble and shake. Damp rated fans are suitable for covered exterior locations where they will not come in direct contact with water coming from above. A room with an open ceiling, like a pergola, requires a wet rated fan. These motor housings are completely enclosed and protect the fans motor from moisture. A properly sized and rated ceiling fan will extend the use of your outdoor space well into the hottest days of summer.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans help conserve energy and save money by circulating the air but they do not actually lower the temperature in a room. Ceiling fans make a space feel cooler by blowing extra air over a person’s skin, increasing the evaporation of moisture – this increased moisture evaporation can make a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler. Fans save energy by allowing your thermostat to stay at a higher temperature while making the space feel cooler than it actually is. To optimize your energy savings be sure to turn off your ceiling fan when leaving the room, since the fan does not actually cool the air, there is no reason to have it running when there is no one to cool.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling Fan Enhancements

Ceiling fans add great value to your living space as well as help maintain a consistent temperature year round. Ceiling fans are an energy efficient solution that provides comfort at a fraction of the cost of heating or central air alone. No matter what the space within your home, there is a ceiling fan that is the appropriate size.

When you look at the overall aesthetics and airflow efficiency, the standard fan can be used in a much smaller space than typically thought. Standard ceiling fan sizes 52 inch to 54 inch can be used in a space that is only 144 square feet, all the way up to 255 square foot space.

What if you have a very tiny space? A 36 inch ceiling fan is appropriate for a small closet up to 75 square feet and a small to medium room of about 76 to 144 square feet can handle a 42 inch to 50 inch fan. Larger spaces can take up to a 72 inch fan but the ceiling height starts to factor into this decision – a 72 inch ceiling fan installed on a ceiling shorter than 14 inches, visually, feels like it is falling down on top of you; if you have a space larger than 400 square feet with a lower ceiling, go for multiple fans around 52 to 54 inches. A room larger than 400 square feet with a high ceiling should have a 72 inch fan.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Balancing your Ceiling Fan

Few things are more annoying than a rattling fan motor or a wobbling fan; it can also be scary when your fan shakes above you. While most new high-end ceiling fans come pre-balanced, others level themselves when run on high for a few hours. In few instances it may be necessary to make some adjustments – you may have an older fan that has come off kilter. So how do you balance your ceiling fan?

First make sure all your screws are tight and nothing has loosened over time. Than you will want to make sure all the blades are straight – measure from the ceiling down to the blade, in order to make sure the same side of all blades are measured. Next, using a fan balancing kit, you will need to determine which blade needs more weight. Place the balancing clip halfway between the blade tip and blade holder and run the fan – do this with all blades and mark which blade makes the biggest difference. You will then need to fine tune the placement of the weight by moving the clip in and out, on the blade, until it is balanced. Once the weight location has been determined, peel off the paper from the weight adhesive and place it on the top center of the blade, directly inline with the balancing clip. From here you should have a working, better balanced fan for your room; if the fan is still wobbly or continues to make noise, attempt this process again with the balancing kit or consult a lighting professional.

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Modern Fan Altus

Both Modern Fan Company and Period Arts Fan Company offer high quality fans with clean contemporary design. Both companies design high performance fans with quiet and steady motors. Modern Fan Company consists of a more contemporary and simple style; their fans feature basic geometric shapes mostly in matte silver and white. Many of the Modern Fan Company’s products have minimalist conceptions with three or four blades and they remain above fashion and trends offering ceiling fans that will be relevant for years to come.

The Period Arts line brings traditional finishes and materials to a clean and contemporary design. These fans are authentic designs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century architectural movements. They offer the best of both worlds – period design with modern technology.

Both Modern Fan Company and Period Arts have great specifications, offering all their fans with a la carte options. It is extremely easy to select the exact fan you need for each room; blade size and color, fan finish, light selection and control options are all individually selected – simply select the options you need based on the room size and style.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Great Room Ceiling Fan

Sizing a ceiling fan for your room can be tricky but there are some general guidelines for fan sizes given the size of your space:

Ceiling height does play into the visual appearance of your fan size; a small 42 inch ceiling fan is for a space that is about 100 square feet or smaller. Your standard ceiling fan is 52 to 54 inches – these are great for 144 to 225-square-foot spaces. A larger ceiling fan, like a 60 inch fan, is good for anything larger than that. Certain manufacturers also make 72 inch fans for extremely large rooms with 2 story ceilings, like a great room or larger foyer; these larger fans are only good for very high ceilings.

The airflow of a ceiling fan is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFI) and for a standard 144 to 225-square-foot room, 4800 CFI is probably the best. Anything above 5500 CFI is great for most rooms. Ceiling fans are incredibly efficient for cooling and circulating the air in your home. The energy used is measured in watts and today’s new eco motors, which run on DC current, can use as little as 22 watts but the use of about 80 watts is normal for the standard ceiling fan. A fan’s efficiency is measured in cubic feet per minute per watt consumed – the higher the efficiency number is the more efficient your fan.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling fans are not only a very practical addition to the home but they also provide a stylish supplement for both your indoor and outdoor areas. When it comes to finding a ceiling fan for an area of your home that is damp rated or outdoors, like an outdoor covered section or porch, you must remember to look for a fan that is “UL Listed for Damp Locations” or “UL Listed for Wet Locations.”

Modern Fan Flute Fan

Both types of ratings are designed to be exposed to the elements without any kind of risk of electrical damage or danger, designed specifically to endure environmental stresses like moisture, heat or rain. It is important to remember that if your ceiling fan will be exposed directly to any kind of rain or wetness, it should be a wet location fan. A damp location fan can be installed in areas like a screened in porch or sunroom, a wide porch where rain cannot get in, any area that is completely covered where rain cannot reach as well as bathrooms with a tub or shower.

All Modern Fan Company ceiling fans are rated and marked as “Suitable for Damp Location” – Modern Fan Company offers a variety of fan designs in more contemporary styles that are durable for your outdoor or damp location indoor areas of the home.

Minka Aire Gauguin Fan

According to modernfanco.com, always consider the environmental factors when selecting you fan because they say that although you can anticipate your fan to have sound performance for years to come in damp locations, “the degree to which the appearance of a fan may be impacted by the environment will vary widely.”

Modern Fan Company is a company that provides customers with contemporary designs that are “both technically and artfully appealing” and are very modern, so if you are looking for a more classic design for your ceiling fan, Minka Aire Ceiling Fans also have a selection of damp location fans that range from contemporary to traditional.

Emerson Summer Night Fan

A fun way to go with ceiling fan design with Minka Aire is a more tropical fashion for the outdoors, like the Gauguin fan with lavish Bahama beige blades or the Shangri-La collection of fans.

Emerson Ceiling Fans is another brand that brings functionality and style to the table with their wide selection of damp location and wet location fans. Try the Summer Night series of outdoor area fans, which are designed specifically for “any outdoor area where you need to create a breeze but don’t want to worry about the elements.” They are weather-resistant and great for covered porches, decks or patios, according to emersonfans.com.

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling fans offer not only a functionality to your space but also provides a stylish and industrial element. All of the various style options come in a wonderful array of colors and finish options that harmonize beautifully together. Here are some of our favorite ceiling fan finish combinations:

Emerson Luxe Fan


This is one of Emerson’s Luxe Eco fans that incorporate sleek and modern elements and utilizes finishes relevant to today’s home fashion – this specific Luxe Eco fan is in a warm oil-rubbed bronze finish with walnut blades, the combination of the different color browns and russet hues bring a traditional vibe to this already contemporary fan.

Fanimation Torto Fan


The Torto fan by Fanimation features a dramatic design that puts “a new twist to an old friend” and this specific finish is actually new to Fanimation’s contemporary line of Torto fans – a deep, dark black finish set against a frost glass light kit. Whether it’s this sleek black finish you like for the Torto, any finish fan with this design is sure to be the coveted centerpiece to your space.

Minka Aire Artemis Fan

Minka Aire’s Artemis fans come in so many finish variations it would be difficult to figure out which one fits your space’s energy – one of our picks would be the subtle maple finish with the etched opal glass. The fan’s lighter tone can balance with more transitional and modern decors and the unique shape of the three-bladed fan adds that touch of pizazz and style.

Don’t forget that most fans also come in a polished nickel finish that usually balances well with almost any blade finish – the combo of the nickel finish with say, a walnut or cherry finished blade can be that final touch of style and originality your space needs.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Fanimation Fargo


One of the best ways to achieve a nice breeze or some solid airflow within a small room or workspace (rooms that tend to hinder the ability to install any type of ceiling fan) is with the very classic selection of portable fans from Fanimation.

Fanimation Old Havana

The best part about Fanimation’s collection of portable fans is their unique and very timeless designs; some of their most popular portable fans are the Fargo and the Old Havana, which, according to fanimation.com, “were inspired by antique fans in Tom Frampton’s extensive collection. Although the fans have distinctly different looks and features, they share a common history.”

These fans were motivated by a fan Frampton saw in an antique shop, a more updated version of the Savory Aerator, and the result was the Fargo; according to Fanimation, “the Fargo showcases the same globe shaped cage as the original Aerator fan, however the base of the Fargo is more modernized and features classic accents.”

A wonderful part about these fans, especially the Fargo, is that they create a very effective breeze that won’t disturb an area of work (in your office or at home desk).

Some other models of Fanimation’s portable fans are the Old Havana, bringing home the tropics with its unique design; the Urbanjet, a more retro version of the portable fan; and the Arden, a wonderfully distinct design with wooden long legs to create an ample breeze within your space.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Using tropical style fans in the home isn’t often a top choice in design for many people but with the right blade color and specific materials, tropical fans can be a wonderfully inviting addition to your space.

Fanimation Islander Collection

Ceiling fans grace almost every room in the home and are at the center of the space; it is important to not only have an efficient fan with great airflow but also have a fan that is stylish and with the design and aesthetic of these fans, you can’t go wrong.

Fanimation features an array of tropical ceiling fans collections with various settings for their design inspirations.

According to fanimation.com, their tropical fans are created with “organic and natural materials, such as real palm leaf blades and beautifully designed, rich bamboo blades to create a feeling of Island Living in your home.”

Fanimation has a selection of their top-selling tropical fans and included on that list is the Cancun collection, the Belleria, the Palisade and the Cancun; the Islander was inspired by the Palisade, and both were designed by Tom Frampton, founder of Fanimation.