The Ceiling Fan Strobe Light Effect

Ceiling Fan

Here’s a small, but important tip for placement of recessed lights in ceilings.    

If you are placing a ceiling fan in the ceiling of a room and you plan on using recessed lights in the ceiling, make sure to keep the lights well away from the blades of the fan. If you don’t do this, the turning blades of the fan will produce a strobe light effect. Of course, if you’re really into disco and yearn for the 80’s, this might be a great thing. but for most of us, this kind of flashing light situation isn’t very good.

So my general rule is to keep the ceiling lights at least a few feet away from the ends of the fan blades and even more if the fan is suspended farther away from the ceiling.

I hope this information is helpful to you. You might want to get yourself a copy of my best-seller, Designing Your Perfect House. It is chockfull of valuable tips and advice that will save you many times the cost of the book on your house building or remodeling project. You might also like The Well-Centered Home: Simple Steps to Increase Mindfulness, Self-Awareness, and Happiness Where You Live. It will show you how to make your home a happy place.

Bill Hirsch | Architect

Bill Hirsch


  1. Mark on August 14, 2008 at 8:38 am

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    This website helped me a lot choosing the right ceiling fan for my needs.

  2. Fanimation on December 31, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Ha! Maybe I should install some recessed lights close to my ceiling fan just for the random parties we occasionally throw. I bet we would definitely get some comments.

    • Nurse TJ on May 16, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      Not advisable, as it can cause nausea especially too, if people have epilepsy as it can cause seizures. Not a great part trick.

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