Our house did not have any ceiling lights in the bedrooms when we first moved in. It was so dark those first few days as we hunted through our things to find lamps for each room. Our little one-bulb lamps just never made any of the rooms very bright.
While I would love some beautiful light fixture or mini-chandelier in the master bedroom, I really need some air circulation in the room in the summer. We do not have whole-house AC – just window units. A ceiling fan with a light fixture is the reasonable and efficient solution, even if it’s not the prettiest.
We had bought our ceiling fan last year, but it got hot fast. Gary is a hard worker, but he just couldn’t work in the attic with temperatures up there well above 110 degrees.
We knew this was a project for winter, but we have been working on a few other things this year, including our bathroom, converting one bay of our garage into rooms, building a new closet in our bedroom, and finishing the drywall and trim around the new windows.
We were shocked when February provided a beautiful 70-degree weekend. This also meant that the temperatures would be climbing in our attic once again. When this past weekend provided more 30-degree weather, Gary decided it was time to install our ceiling fans.
The placement of our fan was a big debate because of our new closet that took 2 feet of space from our room. Do we center the fan to room and include the space now used for the closet? When we taped that out, it just seemed wrong.
We then mapped out the center of the room excluding the closet space. It placed the fan between the two new windows but skewed toward the left. That didn’t seem right either. So we decided to center the fan between the two windows. This also lines up well with the bed placed between the two windows.
We also took this opportunity to move the light switch in our room. When we replaced our bedroom door last year, we decided to change the side that the door swing was on. This provided more privacy for us in our room, but it meant the light switch was now on the wall behind the door.
That has been moved and now as you walk into the room, you easily find the switch which is now connected to our bright ceiling fan lights.
We have a fan going in our daughter’s room as well, but hers is much more straight forward. I’m especially looking forward to getting that fan in, since she has a habit of knocking the lamp over.
As I sat and admired the fan in my room, I began to really look forward to warm summer nights. Our room will be so much more comfortable this year all the air circulation from our new third window and ceiling fan. Bring on summer!