Modern Ceiling Fans
Our selection of modern, contemporary and period style ceiling fans will help keep your space cool and in great style. Have questions? Visit our Ceiling Fan Buyers' Guide
We offer a wide range of modern ceiling fans with exquisite metal and wood detailing. Most of our fans include advanced hand-held or wall mounted controls as opposed to the old-fashioned pull-chains.
YLighting Ceiling Fan Buyers' Guide FAQs
How low can the fan go and still meet my local code?
Code requires that the fan blades be at least seven feet off the floor. The code looks to the blade height and not the bottom of the fan body. However, for low ceiling installations, we recommend the hugger type fans such as the Modern Fan Co. Cirrus Hugger or Ball Hugger or Minka Aire’s Concept II Flush.
What size fan blades should I use?
In general the larger the blade span the better, keeping in mind you want to leave at least 24" of clearance on all sides of the blades. Square footage of the room can also be considered. For rooms 100 sq. feet- 36 - 48" spans are suitable. For rooms 400 sq. ft consider 50 - 54" blade spans. For rooms 400 sq ft and larger 56" plus spans, or two smaller fans can be considered.
How far down should I drop the fan?
We recommend that you drop the modern ceiling fan as far down as your safety and aesthetics will allow in order to create the most air circulation.
What kind of light should I expect from the light kits? Will they light an entire room?
That answer will vary depending on the type of fan with light kit chosen. Fans with multiple lamps and larger globe surfaces will provide more ambient light- Halo, Aurora, Cloud, Lumina, are good for providing more general illumination. When more direct light is required then Artemis, Ball, Velo, Torto, Enigma, Acqua, Cirque can be considered; these will provide direct illumination and may need to be supplemented with table and floor lamps.
Can I use ceiling fans outdoors?
Fans that are to be used outdoors need to be damp or wet location listed. Damp location fans can be used under covered porches and patios where they will not come into direct contact with the elements. The finishes and blades will weather over time. Wet location listed fans can be used in locations that are susceptible to coming into contact with water. Motor housings and blades are protected against water and weather conditions, and some are equipped with waterproof light kits to provide additional lighting outdoors.
Can I use the fan on a sloped ceiling?
Many of the stem mounted fans can be used on ceilings with a pitch from 0° up to 33°. For steeper slopes, sloped ceiling canopies and adapters are available. In most cases, hugger fans cannot be used on sloped ceilings.
Which control should I use?
The choices may seem overwhelming. First, look to see if your new fan includes a control. Many of our fans include a wall or handheld control. These controls typically have a counterpart that can be ordered separately. If your fan does not include a control, the manufacturer will offer options to choose from that are compatible with your fan. If your new fan includes a light then there is one point that can be a source of confusion the terms "two-wire" or "three-wire". Two- wire refers to applications that have one circuit, this typically means that you will need to use a control with a radio receiver in the canopy. Three-wire refers to two-circuit applications- one circuit controls the fan speed, the second circuit will control the light. This is more common in new construction. In most cases two-wire controls will work with three-wire applications, but three-wire controls will not work in two-wire applications. Please contact our Sales and Service Department if you need assistance choosing a control.
Why is my fan sometimes on when I come home?
If your fan is mysteriously on when you come home from work, you are using one of the radio controllers. There are dip switches up in the fan body that change the frequency that the controller uses. Switch the frequency and your problem should go away.
Why does my fan wobble?
Fan wobble is an inherent problem with fans due to minute variation in the fan blade weight distribution. Our fan manufacturers have taken careful and considered steps to help insure that their fans have very little to no wobble. We do not consider wobble to be a defect, and accordingly will not repair or replace installed fans due to wobble.
What does CFM rating mean?
Ceiling fan air movement is measured in CFM's (Cubic Feet per Minute). The greater the CFM, the more air the fan is moving.
What is a DC Motor fan and what are the benefits?
DC Motors are new energy saving, yet more powerful fan motors. They generate more torque while consuming less than 70% of the power of a typical ceiling fan. They use less energy by using an internal array of magnets of opposing polarity. This magnetic field requires much less electrical energy to create the torque required to rotate the motor's rotor. Other benefits include virtually silent operation, much smaller than conventional motors resulting in smaller fan designs as well as much lighter product. Our current assortment of DC motor fans include: Modern Fan's DC Slim, Fanimation's Sandella, Jennix or the Wylde.