What smart bulbs do I need for my Ceiling Fan?

Remote-controlled ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are a great invention: they make a room’s temperature feel around 5-8 degrees cooler than it otherwise might. The light is often adjustable too, allowing for the light to be dimmed to provide ‘mood lighting’ as required. But sometimes you’ll want more control over the lighting than the current fixture provides – which is where smart lights can help.

Smart lights can be successfully used in most ceiling fans (assuming you can find bulbs that fit the smaller socket type), but if the ceiling fan acts as a dimmer then smart light bulbs probably might not work because the supplied power can vary up to 30%.

When you can/can’t use smart light bulbs in ceiling fans

Firstly check the bulb size

The first thing to check is the bulb size: whilst there are plenty A17 smart bulbs available, many ceiling fans use A15 bulbs – and historically there haven’t been as many A15 smart bulbs available.

Heck, at the time of writing, Philips Hue still doesn’t produce an A15 smart bulb variant. So what are your choices?

Buy a ceiling fan that supports a more common bulb size, such as A19s. Philips Hue (and many other smart bulb providers) make A19s.Go on Amazon (or similar) and buy an alternate brand A15 smart bulb, of which there are now some choices as the ‘AL A15 smart bulb‘ for $13.99. This supports Alexa, so apart from having to download a new phone app to set it up, you won’t have any major inconvenience with these alternate brand bulbs.

Check dimmer options

Many ceiling fans have dimmer light options, sometimes via a pull cord but often through the remote control. Dimmer lighting works by giving less electrical power (voltage) to the light fitting, which then produces less light.

It’s the same thing that happens when there’s a storm (or power interruption) and all the lights flicker and go a bit dimmer, before going back to full power and brightness.

Dimmer lighting is nice, however most smart bulbs do not work well with it: since they are an electrical device with a control board, WiFi (or Bluetooth) chip and more, smart bulbs need a fairly consistent level of input voltage.

What this all means is that a ceiling fan which acts as a dimmer can deprive smart bulbs of their required power, potentially damaging them. You therefore have two options here:

Buy a ceiling fan which doesn’t have any dimming functionality. These are usually cheaper, and work better with smart bulbs: a win-win!Disable the dimming functionality on your ceiling fan if possible, or alternatively leave it at 100% brightness (i.e. 0% dimming) so that the power supplied to your smart bulbs should be consistent.

One caveat here is to keep a close eye on temperatures. Some bulbs can get hot in dimming ceiling fans when left at 100% brightness, so be sure that the temperatures are within the acceptable temperature range (both of the fan and the smart bulbs).

Leave the fan light ‘on’

Seasoned smart bulb owners will already know this, but in order to control the smart bulb, you need constant power going to it. In other words, it needs to be turned on and left on – either on the switch, or via the remote control.

Then you can turn the bulb on/off via Alexa/Google Home or the smart bulb’s phone app.

The same is naturally true for ceiling fans – you will have to get used to avoiding the ‘lights off’ part of the remote (or switch), and instead always leave it on.

Check for voltage limiting

Some people have reported their ceiling lights provide reduced voltage to the bulbs, either as part of hidden ‘dimming’ features (despite their ceiling fan saying they have no dimming features) or energy saving features due to the Energy Policy Act.

If you plug in your smart bulb and see it flash/flicker constantly, this issue might be affecting you. The solution here is to either see if you can turn off any dimming features (possibly by holding down certain buttons), or potentially removing the limiting circuit.

This would very much be dependent on the individual ceiling light model so I won’t go into it more, but needless to say that limited voltage supply will probably be bad for your smart bulbs so it’s worth sorting this out if it affects you.

Can you use Philips Hue bulbs in a ceiling fan?

A frequently asked question is whether you can use Hue smart bulbs in your ceiling fan. As touched on earlier, the answer depends on what bulb size your ceiling fan uses.

If your fan only supports A15 bulbs, Philips Hue don’t currently manufacture for this size so you are probably out of luck.

I say ‘probably’ because you might be able to buy light bulb socket adapters/converters. These can convert between sizes – so if your ceiling fan only supports A15, an A19 to A15 converter would allow you to buy the Philips Hue A19 smart bulb, and then the converter will fit into the fan’s bulb socket.

The downside of this approach is that the converters stick out a bit, and sometimes you won’t have the vertical clearance for a smart bulb plus a bulb converter. Be sure to check this first – if space is tight, this option probably won’t work.

Smart switches for ceiling fans

In addition to smart light bulbs, smart light switches can enhance things further and provide awesome features like automatically turning lights on when you walk in a room.

If your ceiling fan only comes with a remote or pull cord, you probably can’t easily convert to use smart light switches (the Insteon Ceiling Fan and Light Controller could work, but isn’t simple to install), but if you have wall-mounted switches for your fan, you should be fine.

The usual approach here is to swap out the wall-mounted ceiling light switch for a smart light switch, and this should work well to smartly control your ceiling fan like any other smart switch/bulb. However if you’re in any doubt, be sure to consult an electrician.

However you could also swap the other (fan speed) switch with something like the GE Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus Smart Fan Control – assuming you have a Z-Wave controller. This then means that both functions of your ceiling fan can be controlled in a smart way via voice and app control.

Controlling the fan speed is more effort than just the lighting aspects (due to the need for a Z-Wave controller and separate switch), but it’s probably worth swapping to a smart light switch if you have a wall-mounted ceiling fan light switch.

Best smart bulbs for ceiling fans

There’s quite a few different options for smart bulbs you can use – and I’d suggest that you read the first section if you haven’t already. But assuming you understand that not all bulbs fit into all ceiling fans, the top 3 smart bulbs I’d recommend (across different bulb sizes) are:

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19

The A19 Hue bulbs won’t fit into traditional A15 ceiling fans without an adapter, but if they do fit it’s worth considering because Hue smart bulbs are one of the best on the market.

They aren’t cheap at $75 for two bulbs, although they do get cheaper during Amazon sales. These are the most popular smart bulbs fitted in ceiling fans and even people with dimming fans haven’t noticed any long term issues (once the dimming is disabled).

Cree BA19 Connected 60W Equivalent Soft White

This cheaper option from Cree works out at under $10 per bulb and they produce a nice soft light assuming you’re happy with just white light (and that BA19s fit your ceiling fan, of course).

They support Alexa, ZigBee and the Wink app, meaning that this budget option has a good amount of integration support with your smart home controller.

Ikea TR / DFRI bulb range

A final shout-out goes to Ikea’s TR / DFRI smart bulb range, which work out at a similar price to the Cree range but they also support dimming.

In other words, you can use the phone app’s wireless dimming support or buy a TR/DFRI remote control to control the dimming, whilst also extending things further with the TR?DFRI motion sensor kit to easily turn your ceiling fan’s lights on as you walk into the room.

The downside is that Ikea’s smart home features are not too open, i.e. they don’t naturally support Alexa or Google Home, but we’ve heard that they work well with SmartThings. Plus there is a third party Alexa skill to control Ikea smart devices through your Alexa… but the reviews aren’t the best.

Can Bowin control a ceiling fan?

The short answer is: yes! As this article has covered, there are quite a few different smart bulb and smart switch options, and nearly all these work with Alexa.

Philips Hue and Cree – mentioned earlier – support Alexa (and other smart speakers) out of the box, whilst Ikea’s TR/DFRI range requires an Alexa skill which isn’t the best reviewed but should work for general on/off purposes.

In terms of switches, nearly all smart light switches will also work just fine with Bowin, and the GE enbrighten fan speed controller also supports Bowin.

Can smart light bulbs be used in ceiling fans?

When I was automating my room I thought:?Can smart light bulbs be used in ceiling fans? It would be awesome to see my fan changing colors according to my daily routines!, but as the receptacle of the ceiling fan was so tight, my hesitation increased as soon as I popped out the light cover.

Essentially, most smart light bulbs can fit in a ceiling fan for automation purposes. For the installation, it’s imperative that you choose the type of socket and the correct size. If the fan has a light dimmer, do not use it, otherwise, it will reduce the power going into the smart bulb.

But how do I choose which smart light bulb works best for my ceiling fan?

Do I have to go to home depot and ask a representative there?

We will learn quickly how you can choose your smart light bulb without going nuts.

Types of ceiling fans with lights

To help you out with the best information possible, I gathered the most common ceiling fans that use bulbs so you can choose the right one for you.

Standard Ceiling Fan

This is the most common ceiling fan you can find in the market.

It has a regular design that works awesome in most homes and it has a light cover that is secured with two bolts.

For this model, a Hue Philips white smart bulb would to the trick.

But keep in mind that this bulb goes threaded in the socket, which is, by the way, the most common way to secure the light in a fan.

But as life tricks you every time, for example, in my room, I do not have this threaded socket.

The light that goes there is secured with two pins only. I think it’s called a two-pin connection.

So, what I did? I just got a regular thread-socket for replacement.

It was a matter of cutting two cables and soldering the new ones, which in most cases, wouldn’t be a problem.

Now about the clearance of the light cover, I was a little hesitant about it.

I decided to go to the Philips Hue light because of its shape and it worked beautifully.

In case you want to use the same light, make sure you can fit a regular light bulb there first.

Because otherwise, it won’t fit the smart one.

Low profile Ceiling fans

This ceiling fan has the same light configuration in most cases as the standard model.

The big difference between the standard is that is installed directly on the bracket mount making it closer to the ceiling

But as far as the light, they are pretty much the same.

So, for this model, I would choose the same: Philips Hue smart bulb.

But again, before getting the bulb, make sure the light cover has enough clearance to get a regular bulb.

As long it fits, a smart one will fit as well.

Ceiling fan with lights

These ones are the most fun

Why? Because you can see the bulbs coming out of the light cover!

And that means that you can fit nearly any type of smart bulb!

You can get three or four of them depending on the configuration and you will transform your fan into a smart show.

What I would personally do if I had this type of fan ceiling, is to program different types of colors!

Now, my boring ceiling fan is not going to bring a rainbow inside my living room or wherever it is installed.

Outdoor ceiling fans

Another great opportunity for light automation

As long as the water isn’t getting close to the contacts, a smart light bulb is the best option for this ceiling fan.

Most outdoor fans do not have light covers! Which is awesome because you can get directly the best smart light bulb

The huge Philips smart bulb is the way to go.

Remember to ensure that the light socket is threaded. If not, you’ll have to get the proper one.

The installation is extremely simple, there are even ones with bolts so you wouldn’t need to weld anything in case you find it too challenging.

Smart light bulb ceiling fan: Energy-Star ceiling fans

smart light bulb ceiling fan

These fans only differ from the standard ones in their energy efficiency

In case you don’t know,?Energy-Star?is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to try to control how much energy an appliance needs run on a daily basis.

If a ceiling fan has an energy-star rating, it means that it will consume less energy than regular ones.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the light will behave worse or something like that.

It’s just a matter of energy efficiency that it’s cool to have.

In terms of knowing if a smart light bulb will work with this ceiling fan, you’re in for a treat.

Again, a smart light bulb like the Philips hue will do the job just fine.

But remember what I said for the other models,

There are thousands of ceiling companies that sell ceiling fans, and their designs vary a lot!

So make sure of two things:

  • The light cover has clearance to let the Philips hue fit in and
  • The socket must be threaded, otherwise, you would need to change it.

Dual motor ceiling fans

These ceiling fans are designed to cover wider areas.

Again, the same principle applies to this kind of fan.

Also, when I was analyzing this model, I remembered something very important:

The voltage that this ceiling fan could vary depending on the country you live in.

There are dual motor ceiling fans that run at 240V. in this case, the smart light bulb that can be used with this ceiling fan has to withstand that amount of voltage

Otherwise, you can make an accident!

Be sure that the Philips Hue light in your country works from 110v to 220v at least.

But in general, the other principles apply to this model.

Remote-controlled ceiling fans

Remote-controlled ceiling fans

The remote-controlled ceiling fan made by Bowin, at least the premium one, can dimmer the light by itself.

The remote has a percentage where you can decide how low or high you want it.

So, if you own this type of model, I guess you wouldn’t need a smart light bulb to reduce light intensity.

But in case you want to change colors, create morning routines, and really automate your living room or bedroom

The Phillips hue is the best way to go.

I recommend it so much because it is LED powered.

And what that means?

Well, that it can last way more than other types of models.

LED lights are even used on airplanes for illumination, and there’s a reason for that.

And if you know a little bit more about smart illumination you could think

What about Lifx for example?

These lights are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but the one I’ve chosen for my ceiling fan was the Philips Hue.

I’ve tried them and they work really well.

Smart Light bulb for ceiling fan

Smart Light bulb for ceiling fan

In general, the best smart light bulb for any type of ceiling fan is the Philips Hue.

Lifx develops a good smart bulb that could do the trick as well

There are lots of models for LIFX smart bulbs. In my personal recommendation would be to get the ones that are smaller! Because once you get them, you would want to install them right away

And it would be really sad that they couldn’t fit the light compartment in your fan.

After you passed all the hassle of installing the smart bulb on your ceiling fan

The real fun will start

You can change the colors with your voice!! Using Amazon Alexa or Google assistant

You will have total control of your lights on your fan and take a little step further into your automation journey.

By integrating Smart Bulbs into your wireless network, you can control the brightness and color of individual lights. You can also create lighting scenes and schedules, optimize your electricity usage, and all of this on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. If you’re starting to think about adding more smart bulbs to your setup, you may be wondering if you can add them to your ceiling fans as well.

You can use Smart Bulbs in a ceiling fan that has the correct sockets, but most ceiling fans have the smaller A15 sockets, which few Smart Bulbs are designed for. Luckily, you can use smart switches and dimmer controls to get around this limitation.

Smart technology is becoming more sophisticated as the days go by, and the integration between these very useful devices is becoming more pronounced. For that reason, it’s wise to learn more about smart devices and what kind of equipment they need to function at their maximum potential.

Using Smart Light Bulbs

Using Smart Light Bulbs

Smart Bulbs, like the steadily increasing number of “smart” devices and appliances now on the market (like the Smart Wi-Fi Alexa Bulb on Amazon, for instance) offer a level of control and flexibility many people find desirable. Through a wireless internet connection, one can make Smart Bulbs turn on and off, dim, and even change colors if the bulb offers that option.

There are many sizes and brands of Smart Bulbs to choose from. They all vary in efficiency, brightness, and features, and many will have their own dedicated apps for control. Nearly all Smart Bulbs are intended to be compatible with a “smart” home control system such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit (Via Hue Bridge), or Samsung SmartThings.

Some Smart Bulbs require downloading an app specifically designed by the manufacturer. Ikea, for example, offers a proprietary line of Smart Devices which include Smart Bulbs. Finally, most Smart Bulbs only require being screwed into an available socket, but some systems also require installing a specialized network hub connected to your Wi-Fi router which enables control of smart devices.

When shopping for Smart Bulbs, consider the ease of use and installation of their accompanying system. There are many to choose from, and some may integrate more easily with systems you are already comfortable using. Pay attention to your system before you go out and buy one because your needs may be different depending on what device you’re using.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Smart Bulb for a Ceiling Fan

Light Bulb Socket Size

When you’ve decided to add Smart Bulbs to your ceiling fans, the first step is to check the type of bulb that your ceiling fan uses, and what wattage bulb is appropriate. All light bulbs are categorized by a letter and number combination indicating the bulb shape and size. If the bulb doesn’t fit into your fan’s fixture, it won’t work.

The most common light bulb size is A17, and Smart A17 bulbs are easy to find. A15 Smart Bulbs are rarer but, unfortunately, they’re the size more commonly used in ceiling fans. If you do want an A15 size Smart Bulb, a couple of examples include the Misfit Bolt, available from Home Depot, and the Al 15 Smart Bulb from Amazon.

If the right sized Smart Bulbs aren’t available, consider a bulb converter. An A19 to A15 size bulb converter would allow you to use a larger, more common size Smart Bulb in the place of the smaller A15 socket. This is an easy and inexpensive solution, but be aware that the adapter and larger bulb together will change the look of the fixture, and that the larger bulb might not have enough space to fit properly.

Smart Bulb Brand

Smart Bulb Brand

Once you’ve got a lead on which size Smart Bulb to use, the next question is which brand. If you’re already using Smart Bulbs in your home, it’s going to be easiest to continue with the brand of Smart home system that is currently working for you. Some recommended Smart Bulb options include the following which can all be found on Amazon: the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19, the Cree BA19 Connected 60W Equivalent Soft White, or the Ikea TR?DFRI bulb range (on Ikea).

If you’re new to Smart Bulbs, be sure to consider which lighting features you’re looking for, as well as what interface would be the easiest to install and use for you. Be aware that some interfaces are not able to group individual lights together, which could make the ceiling fan lights a pain to adjust. Make sure to look for this feature when researching, and to choose your system carefully.

Design Features and Efficiency Rating

Once you’ve chosen a smart home system, simply select the bulb by its desired features and efficiency rating. Consider that features such as color-changing and adjustable whiteness are very hip and fun to play with, but may not get much practical use, and often add to the price of the Smart Bulbs. Finally, when installing your Smart Bulbs, make sure the switch for your ceiling fan’s light control is set and left to “on.”

If your fan uses a dimmer for the light setting, adjust and leave it at the maximum setting. These steps ensure that your Smart Bulbs will always have the voltage they need (our comprehensive guide) to work properly. If your ceiling fan and its attached lights do not have independent controls, or if the light switches cannot be left on, installed Smart Bulbs may not work well for you.

Making the Ceiling Fan Switch Smart Instead of the Light Bulbs

If changing to Smart Bulbs won’t work for your ceiling fan situation, consider replacing the switch that controls the attached lights, or the fan. Smart Switches are easy to find and can replace a standard “dumb” light switch with a little work installing. There are some Smart Switches specifically designed for ceiling fans as well, such as the Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus Smart Fan Control (from Amazon), which can be used for fan control or for dimmable lighting.

The considerations when choosing a Smart Switch are similar to when choosing Smart Bulbs. You won’t be able to change a standard light bulb’s color with a Smart Switch, but you will be able to control the ceiling fan’s light brightness via both Wifi and the switch itself, which could be desirable (we argued in our other article that smart plugs can also be used for dimming as well). As always, choose a Smart Switch that integrates easily with your existing smart home system.

If your ceiling fan uses only a remote control or a pull switch to control the lights, the Smart Switch option might not be best for you. If this is the case, reconsider the Smart Bulb option, making sure to always leave your remote set to “on”, at its maximum brightness, or the pull switch set to “on,” as well.

How to Solve the Smart Ceiling Fan Problem

If you’ve come this far and none of the above suggestions have worked for you, but you’re still feeling keen to exert Smart control over your ceiling fan and its lights, know that you still have options. One is to rewire your existing ceiling fan so that Smart Switches (our guide) can be used to control it. Note that this isn’t the simplest fix.

It may require an electrician, but depending on the application and size of the fan, it just may be the best option for you. The next option is to get a new fan. At this point, you might consider the inexpensive route and select another “dumb” ceiling fan, but one that can use available Smart Bulbs. Sometimes simplicity is best.

Finally, there are a few Smart Ceiling Fans on the market. The brand Lcaoful offers two models, on that’s 52-inches in diameter and a smaller 36-inch version (both on Amazon). The spectrum of styles and colors are limited, and the physical space profile and price are generally higher. It’s likely that as demand continues to grow, more options will become available.

As you can see, adding Smart lighting to your ceiling fan isn’t entirely a simple question, and there are a number of variables to consider. If there’s a message to leave you with, it’s that the simplest solution is often best, because there is no sense in needlessly complicating something when a simple solution is available.

Do Philips huge bulbs work in ceiling fans?

Philips huge bulbs work in a ceiling fan that has two separate switches. One for the light and the other for the ceiling fan. The switch used for the light needs to be without dimmer.

So now we know how it should be. You might think why it’s so! Let me get to that.

Why Does Smart Light Bulbs/Philips Hue Bulb need to have its own switch?

Normally, we don’t want to leave unnecessary things that run on electricity turned on, since this will only raise the utility bill.

However, when you want to use smart lights you need to consider that these lights need to be left on 24/7.

That means when you switch the Hue light bulb on it needs to stay on. This way you can be sure you have wireless control over the bulb all day every day.

If you have a ceiling fan with one switch to control the light and ceiling fan then it will not work, because you would need to leave the fan turned on all the time in order for the hue bulb to be connected.

Having a ceiling fan with two switches will work perfectly.

The moment your light loses power it is cut off from your smart home device and is no longer wirelessly controllable. The smart light is using electricity even when it is turned off.

When you live alone then the manual wall switch will not be a problem because no one will be playing with it or just forget that it needed to be on.

But when you have a household with kids then it’s a good idea to exchange your old manual wall switch for the smart switch. This way the smart light will not turn to dumb light every day.

Believe me, it will avoid the constant arguing about who has played again with the switch. Even more, save your nerves and everyone’s good mood.

The smart switch also removes the small delay problems that can sometimes occur with old school wall switches when used with smart light.

Smart switches are getting more and more popular and people really like them. This smart switch on Amazon is one that works well, has many different functions, and looks nice.

Why Smart Light Bulb Don’t Work With Dimmer Switch

Smart lights are designed with their own dimming mechanism built-in. When you now connect your smart light with an extra dimmable wall switch then two dimmers can go to battle and make your light flicker.

Using a wall dimmer switch can even damage your smart light. In order for the smart bulb to work it needs a constant AC current flowing to it. If there is a dimmer in between this current will be altered and the bulb will not work properly. It is very important that there is no dimmer switch installed for a smart bulb.

Choose a Correct Socket For Your Smart Bulb

Before you decide to buy new smart lights for your ceiling fan you need to make sure they will fit in your fan.

Some ceiling fans have built-in led lights that are not designed to be changed.

These fans have been designed to last less than the lights that come with them. If that’s the case then unfortunately you cannot use a smart bulb in your ceiling fan.

Another case is if you have a ceiling fan that has lights that are changeable but the socket is not right. Here is an easy solution if there is little extra space. You can buy these adapter sockets from amazon to change a small chandelier (E12) to the standard socket (E26/E27).

It is even better if you are looking to buy a ceiling fan. Then you can make sure to go with the fan that have right bulb socket and just skip this problem.

Can you use any light bulb in a ceiling fan?

Ceiling fan manufacturers can use a variety of light bulbs sizes in their ceiling fan light kits. As a result not all fans use the same size light bulbs. This can cause a bit of confusion when it comes time to replace or upgrade the bulbs. The most common ceiling fan bulbs found are Candelabra and Intermediate.

What kind of lightbulb goes in a ceiling fan?

There are 4 main types of light bulbs used in ceiling fans – Candelabra, Mini Candelabra, Intermediate, and Medium. Here, candelabra and intermediate are commonly used bulbs, mini candelabra is used in new ceiling fans, and medium-light bulb fitting is seen in older ceiling fans.

Can I use a CFL bulb in any fixture?

It’s possible to find ENERGY STAR qualified CFL incandescent equivalents that can replace regular incandescent bulbs in almost any fixture.

Do you need special light bulbs for ceiling fans?

If your ceiling fan light fixture is the sole source of light for the room, you’ll want a bulb that can provide the most illumination as possible. … Anything less than 800, such as a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb, will simply not be bright enough for lighting an entire room.Why dont LED bulbs work in my ceiling fan?

Check to see that the bulbs are screwed into their sockets. Check that the bulbs have the proper wattage for the ceiling fan light assembly. Confirm that the non-working bulb is burned out by testing it in a working lamp. Replace any burned out bulbs with new bulbs that have the correct wattage.

Can I use LED bulbs in my Hunter ceiling fan?

If you are operating your fan with pull chains, yes you can use LED bulbs. How ever due to inconsistencies in the manufacturing process of LED light bulbs, we do not recommend replacing your CFL or incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs in ceiling fans with remote controls.

Can you use 100 watt bulb in ceiling fan?

A bulb rated for a given wattage and lumens is less efficient (uses more power) than a bulb that is rated at less wattage but produces the same or more lumens. … For example, the 100-watt “replacement” LED pictured in your first post pulls 14 watts of power so it’s well within the 60-watt restriction for the fan.

Can you use Philips Hue lights in a ceiling fan?

A: Yes, I have the Hue lights in multiple ceiling fans in my home. As long as the power is on from the switch or chain, then they work like a charm! I leave the light switch on 24/7 and control the fan with the pull chain and then control the lights with the app.What is the maximum wattage for a ceiling light?

As a general guideline, overhead lighting should not exceed 100 watts, which will give intense lighting and should be sufficient for most applications. However, a lower-wattage light like 75 or 60 watts might be a better choice if it stays on for a long time.

What is the CFL equivalent to 60w?

Remember this rule of thumb: CFLs use about a quarter of the wattage to produce the same light. So to replace a traditional 60-watt bulb, buy a 15-watt CFL: 60-watt incandescent / 4=15 watts. Note: Some brands of 60-watt equivalent CFLs still do not seem to give off as much light as a 60watt incandescent bulb.

Are CFL bulbs fire hazards?

A Although not common, there have been cases of CFLs smoking, emitting a pungent odor, sometimes even flashing. That raises the worry, and rightly so, that the bulbs might be fire hazards. But experts say they are not. Indeed, they say those worrisome events indicate that fire is being avoided.

Can you use halogen bulbs in a ceiling fan?

Ceiling fans with halogen lights consume 15% less energy than traditional incandescent lights. Halogen lights create the most heat temperature wise. They also tend to produce a warmer, more welcoming light that is appropriate for living rooms or dining rooms.

Can you use A19 bulb in ceiling fan?

Best smart bulbs for ceiling fans The A19 Hue bulbs won’t fit into traditional A15 ceiling fans without an adapter, but if they do fit it’s worth considering because Hue smart bulbs are one of the best on the market.

Can I use a light dimmer for a ceiling fan?

Standard dimmer switches should never be used to control the fan motor on a ceiling fan because the dimmer could damage the fan motor, or overheat and start a fire. … You can actually purchase a device that will do this – it consists of a wireless remote and a receiver that gets wired directly in to the fan.

Can appliance bulbs be used in ceiling fans?

The A15 bulb is a bit smaller than standard household bulbs, so it fits well and gives off a nice warm light from any ceiling fan or ceiling light fixtures. Many refrigerators require a smaller bulb like the A15. … Another household appliance that may also use this bulb is the oven range.

What is the best light bulb wattage?

For a room with decent natural light, that should be around 60 watts. For a room with few/no windows, balance the 60 watt desk light with ambient overhead lights or bump that number up to 75 watts.

What is a ceiling fan light limiter?

What Is The Required Amount Of Power Used In The Wattage Limiter? When buying a ceiling fan, one is advised to check the maximum amount of wattage the bulbs can use in the light sockets. The wattage limiter can allow a maximum of 190 watts passed, which the light will shut down.

How do you dim Hampton Bay ceiling fan light?

Use the high, medium and low buttons on the remote to adjust the Hampton Bay fan speed. You can use the light button to dim the light and the off button to turn off the fan. If the remote stops functioning normally, change the batteries before proceeding with additional troubleshooting.

Can I replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs?

If everything fits and is the correct voltage, yes, you can easily swap all your halogen and incandescent bulbs in your fixtures with LED replacements. … When you’re buying the replacement bulbs for your traditional fixtures, remember that the wattage of the LED bulbs does not have to be the same as the older bulbs.

Can you put any watt bulb in ceiling light?

As long as you don’t go over the manufacturer’s recommended wattage, you’ll be safe. If your fixture doesn’t have a wattage recommendation, the rule of thumb is to choose bulbs with 60-watts or lower.

Do you have to worry about wattage with LED bulbs?

In fact, LED bulbs consume about 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. This means that you can get the light output you want without having to worry about exceeding a fixture’s wattage rating. … LED bulbs won’t always be compared to incandescent bulbs.

Can LED bulbs exceed wattage?

The answer is YES. You can use an LED bulb having a higher wattage equivalent than your fixture allows — provided the LED bulb consumes less wattage than the fixture.

Can I use smart bulbs in my ceiling fan?

No. The Smart LED (Element) line of bulbs cannot be used on ceiling fan fixtures or 3-way lamps as those switches constitute dimmers and deprive the bulbs of power.

Can you use a smart light switch for a ceiling fan?

【SMART BRIGHTNESS & FAN SPEED CONTROL】The smart light switch can adjust fan speed and dim your lights from anywhere with smartphone using the Smart Life App or Treatlife App. … Works with Alexa and Google Assistant to conveniently control the light and fan with one simple voice command.

What is Type A19 light bulb?

The term A19 is used to describe the overall shape and dimensions of a light bulb. … The two digits after the letter refer to the bulb’s diameter at its widest point, and is measured in eighths of an inch. An A19 bulb, therefore, has a diameter of 19 divided by 8 inches, or approximately 2.4 inches.

Is CFL better than LED?

Efficiency—While incandescent bulbs and CFLs generate most of their energy in heat, LEDs are cool to the touch—which translates into less wasted energy. … LEDs are more efficient than even CFLs: A 16.5-watt LED bulb is equivalent to a 20-watt CFL and a 75-watt incandescent.

Is CFL less polluting than LED?

Explanation: Due to the fact CFL bulbs are a type of fluorescent lamp they contain mercury, which is toxic and complicates the disposal of CFL bulbs. … LED lighting is more energy efficient than CFL bulbs, as well as all other types of fluorescent lighting.

Do LED lights use less power than fluorescent?

Other advantages of LEDs over fluorescent lights: Last longer — LED bulbs last up to several times (10 times) more than the compact fluorescents, and far longer than typical incandescent bulbs. … More efficient – LED light bulbs use only 2-17 watts of electricity (1/3rd to 1/30th of Incandescent or CFL).

What are CFL bulbs used for?

CFLs are highly versatile and can be used in any setting where you would normally use incandescent bulbs. They come in enough shapes and sizes that you can use them for recessed fixtures, table lamps, track lighting or ceiling lighting. Three-way CFLs and CFLs that work with dimmers are also available.

What are those curly light bulbs called?

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL bulbs) are a twist on traditional fluorescent technology.

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