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Old 08-29-2011, 09:07 PM
 
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I have a ceiling fan outlet in our place and don't like the look of ceiling fans. What would you suggest I do with the outlet if I remove the fan. It's in the living room and it isn't a big space. Can I install just one ceiling light? We have lamps in the living room but I am wondering if adding one ceiling light would be a good idea. What alternatives do I have? The dining area and living room is pretty much one open space and would like to add recessed lighting to it and get rid of the ceiling fan.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I'm not sure where you live, but if you run air conditioning or heating, ceiling fans can dramatically cut down on your heating and cooling bills by circulating air and keeping temps even. I would not remove ceiling fans - I think the right kind of ceiling fan can be quite beautiful and actually add to a decor. If you post pics of your room, we will try to find a nice ceiling fan for you. I would not put a center light fixture in a living room unless it was a chandelier.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I would not remove ceiling fans - I think the right kind of ceiling fan can be quite beautiful and actually add to a decor.
The OP clearly states that they "don't like the look of ceiling fans."
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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The OP clearly states that they "don't like the look of ceiling fans."
Yes, I know....I was just pointing out that ceiling fans save money as in hundreds of dollars per year...whether you like the look or not. I don't know how old the OP is - maybe someone who is young and doesn't realize the value of ceiling fans....should she rethink taking the fans down, we are here to help her choose attractive ones.

Who knows, maybe she has scads of money to burn and doesn't mind spending more $$$ every single month on electricity/gas.

Also, ceiling fans can actually be a nice part of one's decor if you have the experience to pull it off or a ceiling fan can be all white and visually recede into a white ceiling.....since this is a decorating forum, we teach and share decorating techniques here that sometimes changes people's minds. Some inexperienced decorators may think they don't like something until they are exposed to good decorating techniques and ideas.

I also gave my opinion on center light fixtures in a living room....anythng else?

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Old 08-30-2011, 04:57 PM
 
Location: New Market, MD
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yup..removing ceiling fans would increase electricity bill quite a lot
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I'm a big fan of oscillating table fans set on the top of tall furniture (like a book case).
Inexpensive, lots of sizes and colors to choose from, and they do the job well.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I'm a big fan of oscillating table fans set on the top of tall furniture (like a book case).
Inexpensive, lots of sizes and colors to choose from, and they do the job well.
They are just so darn hard to clean.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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They are just so darn hard to clean.
What?

Twice a year or so...
you disassemble them and run the parts the the d/w
(if you can't be bothered to soak 'em in the sink for 20 minutes before scrubbing)
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Ceiling Fan Cleaning: hand swifter run over the blades and fan assembly once a month or so (my husband is 6' 8" so he does this without a step-stool) - no disassembling, no unplugging, no soaking, no scrubbing. To each his own.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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In answer to the original question...... The ceiling fan outlet is an electric outlet that is reinforced to hold the weight of the fan. You can put in a single light of your choice or put a cover on the box and close over the ceiling with plaster and just know the outlet is there. When and if you ever sell, make sure to list the fan outlet in the ceiling as there so buyers can out a ceiling fan in if they want.
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