This will be a brief post, because this project is on the short list of those we opted not to take on ourselves. Last week we hired an electrician to do the wiring for new ceiling fans in all four bedrooms, and wire the wall switches to control the lighted fans, rather than the outlets they previously controlled.
We put three identical fans in the master, spare, and office bedrooms:
We went with Hunter fans for their reputation for being quiet, and picked a low profile model since our ceilings aren’t particularly high. I’ve never really loved white ceiling fans, but we went that way anyway because we wanted them to disappear into the ceiling as much as possible.
Since they were 52″ fans, we thought that would be a bit much for the fourth and smallest room (the guest room). The guest room received the 36″ ceiling fan that had previously hung in the hallway over the stairs instead.
It hasn’t been warm enough to use the fans, except to verify that yes, they work, and yes, they’re quiet. The lights have been nice, though.
Master lighting before:
Master lighting after:
Guest Room before:
Guest room after:
I’m sure you get the picture. From dimly lit to bright!
The office and spare rooms got the same treatment:
Obviously these two rooms have a little further to come toward anything that looks finished, but at least now they’re well enough lit that we can see what we’re doing, and what we have to work with.
On the floor in the green room, you can see a whole house fan that is soon to be installed – it will go over the landing/stairs, and we think it’ll be a much more cost effective way to cool the house in the summer when it’s not quite hot enough to need the central air. The whole house fan was the reason we took the ceiling fan out of the hall to move it into the guest room. In its place, we put this schoolhouse light:
We were looking for something semi-flush mount, that wouldn’t draw too much attention, was reasonably priced, and had a closed globe so it didn’t collect dust, etc. inside. Sold. And it actually looks great! So win for amazon.com on that one. Hopefully the whole house fan will go up this week. Then bring on the warm weather!
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