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Ceiling Fans

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Imy, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Imy

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    I'm going to be changing most of my lighting to LED down-lighters soon and thought I'd put in some ceiling fans at the same time as my flat can get very hot in the summer.

    I know next to nothing about ceiling fans.

    What are the good brands?

    Where's the best place to buy from?

    Anything I should look out for?

    I'm looking to get 3 fans and they should be quiet in operation.

    Budget - it really depends, let's say £200 per fan for now.
     
  2. boxman2000

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    Can't really advise on brands as we have a B&Q one in our bedroom that has large energy saving bulbs. To be honest it's a nice enough unit and certainly in the summer it is SUCH a nice thing to have in a bedroom, if you have the ceiling clearance that is!

    We're actually going to be putting downlights in the bedroom soon so will be replacing it for a fan-only unit so this thread is quite topical for me too.
     
  3. Imy

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    That's a point, I had better measure how high my ceiling is. Being a modern flat the ceiling is lower than average.

    In 2 of the rooms I'll be fitting down-lighters and controlling them by wall switches and z-wave but in the bedroom I haven't decided if I want down-lighters or not yet.

    I'm concerned about the glare when looking up from bed.
     
  4. Nightglow

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  5. Mr.Stu

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    I've just removed a couple of white b&q ones from a new house. You can have them if you fancy a trip to solihulll.
     
  6. Imy

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    Thanks for the info. I'll have a good look through them tomorrow.

    Thank you very much for the offer but I'm going to go with new ones which match my decor.
     
  7. Imy

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    Struggling to find modern looking fans within budget.

    The main problem seems to be that I need a flush-fitting ceiling fan as my ceiling is only 8ft high.

    This black one would go ok in my bedroom which has black furniture and curtains.
    http://www.ceilingfanstore.co.uk/elite-range/78-fantasia-115083-zeta-ceiling-fan-52-matt-black.html

    This one would look good in the lounge where I got a lot of wooden furniture and brown sofas.
    http://www.ceilingfanstore.co.uk/elite-range/77-fantasia-115073-zeta-ceiling-fan-52-brushed-nickel.html

    They do take me quite over budget though and I still need a 3rd fan for home-office.
     
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  8. Nightglow

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  9. Imy

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    Ahhh yes I was going to ask you about them - Amazon is full of them.

    Excellent, I'll take a look.
     
  10. Nightglow

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    Can't think of many other makes available in the UK.
     
  11. Imy

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    Yeah most seem to be American brands converted to 240v and price quadrupled :/
     
  12. bitslice

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    Unless you live in a Georgian mansion, avoid the ones with built in lighting, they just end up being too low and you'll keep banging them.

    I'd screw it to a bit of 25mm ply fitted/glued between the joists rather than just into one.
     
  13. Imy

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    Yeah my preference is to have one without lights as I'm fitting down-lighters at the same time, however that does limit my choice a bit. The ones I linked to before do have lights but they are fairly low profile and I think you can blank them off also.

    That's a good suggest re: joists, thanks.

    The americans are spoilt for choice!
     
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  14. Abyss

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    I will happily take them off your hands if you want rid? Been tempted by a ceiling fan in the bedroom but have kept putting off buying one.
     
  15. LOAM

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    We have a Hunter industrie II ceiling fan in brushed chrome, its hands down one of the best things I've ever bought. Its massive, looks great, built like a tank, is just phenomenal in summer and winter and near silent.
     
  16. Imy

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    Yes I like that one but works out pretty expensive when you add a remote also.

    What's the drop from ceiling to bottom of blade and ceiling to lowest point of the fan? I've only got an 8ft high ceiling.
     
  17. LOAM

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    Our ceilings are 2550-2600 (8ft 4-5). Inclunded are a couple of mounting options, one of which has no drop rod. The limits are in the instructions which youcan find online, if not ill dig them out. The remote is well worth the money btw.
     
  18. Imy

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    Which remote you got?

    The only dimensions I can find say the blade drop is 14.43" (36.65cm) which makes it unsuitable for an 8ft ceiling.

    Even the low-profile ones are a 12" drop leaving less than that between blade and my head.
     
  19. Nightglow

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    The Hunter industrie II, like most of their fans, you can remove the drop rod, & make the fan flush fitting.
     
  20. Imy

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    I'll need to find out the exact dimensions before I purchase. The drop-rod doesn't look that long anyway on the photo.

    Hadn't realised the 3 Industrie fans are all priced differently. I had been looking at the graphite one for the bedroom which is £394. I think I'll go with the Zeta black one for the bedroom at £360 inc. remote and consider the brushed chrome Industrie fan for lounge.