One of my goals in this house is when we upgrade a light fixture, to upgrade it with an LED version. It’s more expensive in the beginning, but makes me feel better about our bills in the long run. When I was growing up, I remember always feeling terrible if I didn’t turn off the lights in a room, only to come back hours later with the lights still on. I wasted so much energy and caused our bills to be higher than necessary. Not that LEDS are energy-free, but they’re a lot better than their traditional counterparts. So far, we’ve upgraded our bedside table lamps, the ceiling fan in our office, the lights in our master bath and half bath, and the lights in the hallway and kitchen.
All of the fans upstairs were the same white builder grade death machines that were never balanced, super loud, etc. The one pictured above actually couldn’t be turned on at all, since the blades spun so out of balance that they probably would have hit the ceiling if it was ever turned on.
Above is a picture of Aaron taking down the one in our office, but they were all exactly the same. Unscrew a few things, disconnect the wires (AFTER turning off the power), and you’re good to go! I’m convinced that upgrading lighting fixtures is one of the lowest effort, biggest reward things that you can do. I like doing it even more than paint! I’d say it’s a two man job though. Right after snapping this picture, I ran over to help Aaron safely lower this puppy down.
Once we got them all down, I stacked them up on the bed and tried to figure out how to get rid of them. They worked (just not super well in their current state), and I didn’t want to trash them. But vetting people on Craigslist and actually getting someone to show up to take them has been really time consuming in the past, so I didn’t want to go that route again. But! It turns out that our local HabitatRestore takes them, so Aaron shoved them into the car for me and I drove them on over. We unloaded them in about 20 seconds, and everything was good to go. So easy!
We ended up going with the same ceiling fan we bought for the office space in all three bedrooms: the Merwry from Home Decorators. I’m trying to upgrade all of our new fixtures to not only LED, but also either matte black or oil rubbed bronze to hopefully modernize the place a bit. We really like them so far! They have a remote control that I might want to integrate someday into a wall switch (is that even a thing?), but they are bright, silent, and they move a ton of air! I know ceiling fans aren’t the most amazing and applauded home decor choice, but in Texas, they are a necessity.
Installation was very easy – I screwed the basic units together, attached the blades, fed the wires through, and Aaron did the wiring up at the ceiling and hung them. The hardest part is cramming everything into the tiny canopy provided to house all the wires, the remote control receiver, and the mounting unit. Baby B’s room, the guest room, our office, and the next baby’s nursery now all have new fans that look great, move tons of air, and are no longer death machines. I’m one happy momma!