Is this strange?
The way things work, with the kitchen, dinning room and living room all in
an open floor plan, we tend to eat at the kitchen island most of the time.
We rarely use the dinning table.
In fact, the dinning table becomes a place where we have a cheese board for
a continued game, we do homework there, a laptop is there most of the time,
fill out cross word puzzles...so we want a ceiling fan above it, not a
Seems more practical...but it's strange and unconventional, right?
No - I'm sitting across the table from my daughter. She's doing Algebra II
and I'm "posting on this group' - all under a 52" reversable ceiling fan
with 4 bulbs beneath. The Fan and Lights are wired to separate wall
switches. Works GREAT!
No, not really. They sell nice ones with a kitchy design for places like
that. I suggest, due to the use of the space, that you also have one with a
light fixture so when you need a little extra light there for a project,
it's an option.
Your house, knock yourself out!! Just be sure you find a fan with a good
amount of light, which can be difficult. Be sure that there are no recessed
lights near the fan, or you'll get a strobe effect, and set the fan to run
in reverse, so it doesn't blow your papers away
The fan does have a light underneath, but not bright enough. So I do
have wired six recessed lights (H7T, with 310W trim). I am glad you
mentioned the strobe effect. I am worried about that. What is a good
distance away from the fan blade? Right now I have them wired about
3-1/2 feet away from the tip of the fan blade, will that be
Of course you can put a ceiling fan above the dining table.
The conversation might become a little awkward during the toast celebrating
the investiture of Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, but if you
don't have many state dinners, go for it.
Good reason not to mount a high speed industrial blower above the
table without a switch :-) Most normal ceiling fans have at least 3
speeds and a reverse switch; on low (or blowing up) ours just provides
a gentle breeze; nice when the sun is beating on the windows nearby.
On high it does blow napkins around a bit, so we just don't use that
I might not put one in a dedicated, formal dining room, but in a
daily-use dining space it's nice to have.
When I moved into my last house, the first thing I did was replace the
dining room chandelier with a ceiling fan. When I put the house up for
sale, I replaced that with a nice eBay chandelier. I think for a house
where you live, the fan is fine. You may want to stash the current
chandelier in the attic in case you ever sell the house.
The one problem I've found with ceiling fans (at least the ones I looked
at) is that they aren't as bright as a regular ceiling light. With my
old ceiling fans, I could put larger bulbs in, but the ones I bought for
the new house all specified smaller bulbs.
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