How to choose the perfect ceiling fan

When it comes to choosing the right ceiling fan, size really does matter. And bigger isn’t always better. We’ve put together 5 tips to help you choose the perfect ceiling fan for your home.

1. Choose the right fan size for the most effective cooling
With our biggest fan release ever, Beacon Lighting has fan sizes to suit small rooms such as bathrooms, studies and kitchens, medium sized rooms such as bedrooms and dining rooms, all the way up to large rooms or open plan spaces such as master suites and living areas.
We recommend measuring the size of the room as this dictates the size of the fan you need. The larger the room size, the longer the length of the blades will need to be to ensure sufficient air movement.

Fan Size Recommendations
Room size ft² (meter²) Fan size (inches) Fan size (cm)
Up to 75 ft² (up to 7m²) 48" 122cm
76 - 144 ft² (7m2 to 13 m²) 48" - 52" 122cm - 132cm
144 - 225 ft² (13m2 to 20m²) 56" 142cm
225 - 400 ft² (20m2 to 36m²) 56" - 80" 142cm - 203cm


Choosing the right ceiling fan
2. Choose a fan specifically designed for alfresco and/or coastal areas.

Much like indoor rooms, a ceiling fan in exterior areas create a relaxed ambience while keeping the area cool on those scorching days and humid nights. An added bonus is that the breeze created by the ceiling fan deters flying insects. While you can install a ceiling fan in covered decks, porches, gazebos and verandas, it’s important to choose a fan designed for outdoor use. Our extensive range of exterior ceiling fans includes models that are specially made to withstand the rigours of salt air, humidity and airborne chemicals such as chlorine. For these settings, browse fans with ABS blades.

Choosing the right ceiling fan

3. Before purchasing, measure the height of your ceiling
For maximum cooling and safety, your ceiling fan blades should hang at least 300mm from the ceiling, with at least 2.1 metre clearance to the floor. If your ceiling is higher than 3 metres from the floor, you’ll need an extension rod which is optional with all Beacon Lighting ceiling fans. For lower ceilings (think study nooks or bedrooms), choose a close-to-ceiling fan.

Choosing the right ceiling fan

4. Always use a professional to install your ceiling fan
We recommend you use a licenced electrician to ensure your ceiling fan is installed correctly and keep your warranty intact. And for even more peace of mind, take advantage of our fixed price professional installation service of just $195*. One of our friendly store associates will help you organise your booking.

Choosing the right ceiling fan

5. In a pinch, pick up a portable fan.
Perfect for renters or anyone who needs a quick solution, portable fans are now cooler than ever! We’ve just released a new portable fan range that boasts high performance cooling, whisper quiet operation and retro cool style. With designs ranging from adjustable pedestal fans to various sized table and floor fans, the Breeze portable fans are a great way to enjoy easy room-to-room cooling.


With cutting edge designs, colours and sizes to suit every room and every budget, you’ll find your perfect fan at Beacon in-store or online.

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