Westinghouse Wants You to Recycle Your Old Light Bulbs
Recycling used to mean only one thing to most of us: tin cans. And maybe the occasional cardboard box. But that is so 2012. Today, H&M offers a coupon for a bag of your old clothes, the military will recycle your unwanted cell phones, and Apple will gladly take that retired MacBook off your hands. Environmentally conscious consumers are composting food scraps and reusing milk jugs, and words like repurpose and upcycle have entered the mainstream. Many people are even recycling ceiling fan light bulbs.
Reasons to Recycle Your Old Light Bulbs
Energy-efficient lighting such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) contain a trace amount of mercury, an essential component in attaining energy savings, and while these light bulbs help consumers and businesses reduce their energy use and energy costs, it's important that any product containing mercury is properly handled in order to protect public health and the environment. It is estimated businesses recycle 30 percent of the used light bulbs annually, and this number is only set to increase as more switch to energy-efficient lighting. Consumer are also embracing this practice with Westinghouse Light Bulb Recycling Program. You can bow recycle the light bulbs from your Westinghouse fans as well as any other household light bulbs.
The Advantage of DC Motors Explained
What do the abbreviations AC and DC meant to you? As Floridians, here at Del Mar Fans & Lighting, the term AC reminds us of a summer staple used to keep us cool; and DC is the abbreviation for our nation's capital. Rarely do these terms conjure images of the best ceiling fan motors. However, our journey to understand the difference between an alternating current (AC) motor and a direct current (DC) motor has been an enlightening one.
Which motor is going to be best choice for your ceiling fan? Brands like Craftmade, Emerson, and Fanimation use DC motors in many of their popular ceiling fan models such as the Craftmade DC Union. But still, we asked, what are the differences between these two motor types?
All motors work by converting electrical energy into mechanical energy, but the similarities end there for AC and DC motors. AC motors are powered by connecting directly to a power source. DC motors are powered through the use of a battery or a converter. The speed of the motors is also controlled differently.
For an AC motor, the speed is controlled by varying the frequency, while the speed of a DC motor is controlled through the current. A DC motor is by far the preferred motor in many applications today, from electric trains to cranes to elevators, and are definitely the choice for ceiling fans.
Calculate the Angle of a Sloped Ceiling
A sloped ceiling makes a strong architectural statement in a home, but mounting a ceiling fan on an angled ceiling requires more than your standard fan installation tools. When buying a new ceiling fan, confirm the fan is compatible with sloped mounting. Many ceiling fans are designed to fit sloped ceilings with angles, also known as a pitch, up to 30 degrees. However, if your ceiling has a pitch greater than 30 degrees, you will need a sloped ceiling adapter for a proper and secure installation.
A standard sloped ceiling adapter allows the ceiling fan to be installed on ceilings with pitches ranging from 31 degrees to 45 degrees. The Fanimation Fan Company produces a sloped ceiling kit for a 1-inch downrod that allows a fan to mount on a ceiling with a pitch up to 52 degrees.
Select a sloped ceiling adapter in a similar finish to your ceiling fan. To ensure compatibility, choose a sloped ceiling adapter from the same manufacturer as your ceiling fan. See Del Mar Fans & Lighting's selection of ceiling fan mounting systems, including sloped ceiling adapters.
To determine if a sloped ceiling kit is necessary, gather the following materials and use the steps below to calculate the angle of the ceiling.
The rise is the height difference between two walls. To find the rise, follow the steps below:
Using the tape measure, measure the height of the ceiling, from the highest point of the ceiling to the floor. Record this first measurement.
Change the Frequency of Your Ceiling Fan Remote
What Size Ceiling Fan Downrod Do I Need?
Downrods range in diameter and length depending on the ceiling fan type and application. Standard ceiling fans include a downrod ranging in length from 3 inches to 6 inches, which is suitable for standard size rooms with a ceiling height of 8 – 9 feet. However, fan downrods can range up to 177 inches depending on the manufacturer.
Here’s a simple guide to help you find the right ceiling fan downrod length for any room in your home. After reading, browse Del Mar Fans & Lighting’s selection of downrods from leading ceiling fan brands and shop our wide selection of ceiling fans.
Calculate Ceiling Fan Downrod Length
Ceiling fans provide optimal airflow when suspended 8 – 9 feet from the floor. Hanging a ceiling fan too high or too low can result in poor airflow in a room, causing your ceiling to work harder and use more energy than it needs to. The wrong height can also result in an ill-fitted looking ceiling fan.
A method commonly used to find the right downrod length is the ceiling height minus the height of the ceiling fan, minus the desired hanging height (usually 8 feet). For example, if your ceiling is 10 feet in height and your ceiling fan is 12 inches in height, you will need a 1-foot downrod to mount the ceiling fan 8 feet above the floor. You can also refer to the downrod length chart below for additional guidance in selecting the right measurement.