The 7 Best Ceiling Fan Light Kits to Buy in 2018

Upgrade the look or function with an easy-to-install fixture

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Few people realize how versatile the average ceiling fan can be when it comes to choosing accessories and additions to change the overall look. One of the most common ways to update your fan is to swap out the light underneath. Using a ceiling fan lighting kit, you can replace a standard single- or dual-bulb fan light fixture with something more attractive or functional. Best of all, most lighting kits are easy to install with a little bit of assembly.

When you're looking for the right ceiling fan lighting kit, there are a few things to be aware of. First, many lighting kits come in a distinct style. If you're looking for something traditional, industrial or contemporary, for example, make sure the design of the lighting kit will fit the ceiling fan you have and the overall room decor. Also, make sure the lighting kit is compatible with the fan, since some brands of kits are meant to work only with models from the same manufacturer.

To get you rolling on choosing the right lighting kit, here are the top seven choices you should consider.


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    Best Overall: Hunter Fur Light Fitter 99143

    The best overall ceiling fan lighting kit certainly should be one of the most versatile. Therefore, the top pick for this list comes in with a look that you can use in virtually any room. The Hunter 99143 kit is a great all-purpose unit that blends well with a variety of ceiling fans. With four separate light bulbs and available shades (sold separately), the kit provides great coverage all around the room when positioned in the center.

    The kit is rated for damp areas, so you can use it on both indoor and outdoor ceiling fans. It also comes with four 13-watt CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulbs. The kit is compatible with all "5" series Hunter ceiling fans. 

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    Best Budget: Westinghouse 7784800

    Budget lighting kits for ceiling fans make a lot of sense if you need to replace or upgrade an existing fan light. Sometimes, you may just want to refresh the overall look or get better illumination in the room. Whatever your reasons may be, a good budget option is one that will give you plenty of light as well as versatile styling.

    When the budget is tight, one of the best ceiling fan kits you can buy is the Westinghouse 7784800 kit. This three-light fixture accepts standard-base light bulbs and comes with three energy-efficient LED bulbs. With a classic brass finish and frosted ribbed shades, the kit works well with traditional or vintage decor schemes. It's designed to fit most 42-inch to 52-inch ceiling fans that have a housing cap with a center hole. 

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    Best Exposed-Bulb: Kichler 370041OBB

    Sometimes the best reason to buy a new ceiling fan lighting kit is a practical one. If you want the most coverage and illumination in a room, you need to think about the type of light shade the center kit comes with. Or better yet, do away with the shades altogether. Using an open, exposed-bulb design allows the light to freely illuminate the room without any hindrance.

    With a classic open-bulb, wire-cage look of industrial-style lighting, the Kichler 370041OBB kit can turn a plain fan into a striking focal point. The tri-bulb design provides ample illumination in any small- to medium-size room. More importantly, the wire cages allow the bulbs to shine without being impeded by light shades.

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    Best Elegant: Universal Lighting and Decor Orbital Weave Bronze Kit

    Highly decorative ceiling fan lighting kits offer a great way to add some style and visual appeal to any room. Best of all, they are a lot more affordable than larger pendant or chandelier lights with similar looks. And, you get to keep the practical use of the ceiling fan while enhancing the style of the room.

    The Orbital Weave Bronze Kit can make a unique artistic statement as a focal point in any room. Sporting an elegant oil-rubbed bronze finish, the kit features an orbital-weave dome that protects the three-bulb center from accidental damage. The design has a sculpted look that can work in with any number of vintage or traditional design styles. The kit includes three 60-watt incandescent clear bulbs.

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    Best Industrial: Emerson LK36BS

    The industrial design style is one that blends both form and function with that raw look you would find in an old factory. For people wanting to replicate such a look around home, there are a few easy ways to do so without breaking the bank. A ceiling fan lighting kit is a great way to add an industrial accent to the room.

    Unlike some of the ultramodern, minimalistic light kits you see on the market these days, the Emerson LK36BS still manages to hit all the right modern touches with an emphasis on industrial design. It features a brushed-steel finish and unique wire-mesh light shades for an eye-catching contemporary look without going overboard. The kit is suitable for indoor and outdoor fans. 

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    Best Traditional: Hunter 28568

    A ceiling fan light kit is a great way to add an accent of traditional or vintage design as a focal point in the room. Best of all, depending on the particular lighting kit you choose, you can find something on the  subtle side or go more bold. This next lighting kit has the practical benefit of providing great illumination with a unique visual style all at once.

    The Hunter 28568 is one of the most elegant and traditional ceiling fan light fixtures you will find on the market today. Unlike other light kits that use three or four individual bulbs and light shades, this one has a single swirled-marble glass globe, providing the same warm, diffuse light you would get from an enclosed ceiling fixture. In fact, you can install the kit by itself as a semi-flush light fixture. 

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    Best Minimal: Hunter Marine II Kit

    Hunter Marine II Outdoor White Ceiling Fan Light Kit
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    There's nothing wrong with wanting your ceiling fan lighting to go unnoticed. A minimal lighting kit won't draw attention to itself. Instead, it will sit there doing one job well: providing ample lighting and illumination. 

    For simplicity, there's nothing better than the Hunter Marine II Kit. With a single white light globe hiding two 13-watt CFL light bulbs, this is the kit to choose when you don't want to draw attention to the ceiling fan at the center of the room. This kit is UL listed for wet locations (not just damp locations) so it is suitable for wet-listed fans in outdoor areas, as well as for indoor use. The all-white finish also makes it extremely versatile to use with a variety of ceiling fans.