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5 Best Brushed Nickel Fans (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Dagmar Hemp  |  February 04, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

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It's been widely reported for years that ceiling fans help with energy bills, circulating heat and cool air in living spaces. In recent years, they also (like light bulbs and appliances) have become more energy efficient.

Older ceiling fans consumed 100 watts to run the motor, many newer ones need only 49 watts. Another great improvement is that, many lights on fans are LED, a wonderful benefit for a fan on a high ceiling. LED light bulbs have an average 22 year life span, so you do not have to reach up and change the bulb as often.

In this article, we'll go over one of the most popular finishes for ceiling fans, brushed nickel, and feature some of our favorite brushed nickel fans. 

Brushed Nickel Fans 

Fans are available in a large variety of styles, from the utility fan to the conversation starter, but the most popular finish is brushed nickel. This finish is similar in color tone to grey, one of the most common neutral tones in decorating. It’s also a softer color than bronze, especially on a white ceiling.

Brushed nickel has become especially popular because it works well in kitchens with stainless steel appliances. You should consider brushed nickel as a design element instead of the typical white fan.

Following are five great options of all different styles along with application photos.

Best Brushed Nickel Fans

Minka Aire Dyno - $209

minka aire dyno

Minka Aire Dyno

  • 52"
  • 17 Watt LED light

The light has 1,100 lumens, equivalent to a 100 watt bulb, but rated to last 30,000 hours. It is contemporary, but without the hard edges.

Minka Aire Concept Ii  - $339

Minka Aire Concept Ii
  • 52"
  • Flush Mount
  • With light and wall control 

It's hard to believe there are very few fans surface mounted for shorter ceilings. This could be the best selling fan in the country for shorter ceilings.

Minka Aire Slipstream - $559

Minka Aire Slipstream

  • 65”
  • Can be hung with or without the light.

This is truly a hard working fan with a decent blade pitch for moving air, ideal for very large spaces and very high ceilings.

Minka Aire Vintage Gyro - $639

Minka Aire Vintage Gyro

  • 42"
  • Light dimmer and wall control

High performance twin turbo fans which can run while the whole fan turns- produces a massive amount of wind. Its unique look makes it a real eye catcher. A 100 watt halogen light provides a lot of light, and the fan also has a cover for non-light use.

Minka Aire Artemis - $1,249

Minka Aire Artemis

  • 58"
  • Liquid nickel finish
  • Three speeds
  • Light dimmer and wall control 
  • Winner of Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design’s Good Design Award

A stunner of a fan, and because the blades sit vertically, it will move a tremendous amount of air. The light again is 100 watts in halogen, and the fan comes with a cover for the light. This fan shimmers. It is expensive, but quite a statement piece. 

Final Thoughts

Fans will certainly help you with providing you comfort on hot, summer nights. It will also help you with pushing heat down on reverse for winter. So, fans are utilitarian, however stylistically.

Please try something other than white. Nickel accentuates your space as a design element. Be bold: Don't hide your fan in white.

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Dagmar Hemp

Dagmar Hemp is a ALA Certified Lighting Specialist for Yale Appliance + Lighting. She has many years of lighting design experience including attending Sylvania school as a lightbulb geek. Her trademark line is “I’ll remember the part number of every light in your house, but not always your name.” We can absolutely vouch that this is accurate and only emphasizes that she is, in fact, a total lightbulb geek. In her spare time, she loves decorating (especially adding pink sparkly things to our holiday tree) and enjoys cooking with her new stove. If she could, she would live at the beach or someplace very warm

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