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We are very please to announced the planned arrival of the Aero Fan in August 2016.
The Aero marks yet another step forward in Fantasia’s desire to push Ceiling Fan technology forward. It’s our best air mover ever at a MASSIVE 8000 cu/ft per minute. If you are looking for serious ventilation then this is the ceiling fan for you.
The Aero Fan is fitted with a low energy DC motor. Using only 5w of power on low speed it is an extremely efficient way of ventilating a room.
Aero comes complete with a full remote control system to operate the 3 speeds and the light on/off.
The Light fitting on Aero is also state-of-the-art. It’s an 18w (approx 80w equivalent incandescent) warm white LED light, this can be swapped for a cover plate if the light is not required.
The full tech spec is below:
- Light: 18w LED Warm White
- Operation: Remote Control
- Net Weight: 8.5kg
- Rod Length: 6″/150cm
- Mounting: Drop Mount Only
- Airflow: 8000 cu/ft per min
- Power Consumption on High Speed: 41w
Product Code – 117131
RRP: £570 inc VAT
Available: August 2016
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We’ve been selling ceiling fans for a long time now and at Fantasia we really enjoy looking at the new technology coming through and seeing how we can implement it in our latest ceiling fan designs.
However, whenever we talk to potential customers who are in the early stages of considering a ceiling fan they have a very different view.
They always consider the typical ceiling fan to be a rickety old thing that keeps you awake at night. Possibly something like the one below.
Well we’re here to change peoples’ minds, to tell them that a Ceiling Fan doesn’t have to be Polished Brass and Rattan (although it can be if you want!), that is doesn’t have to rattle ‘n’ roll, that it shouldn’t sound like a hamster in a rusty wheel.
It’s a slow process but hopefully some of our designs will help convince people.
Take the ceiling Fan below for example. It’s a fairly basic Fantasia Ceiling Fan in terms of operation but it’s whisper quiet and powerful too. Best of all It’s Matt Black and really stealthy (made the last bit up, the stealthy bit not the Matt Black bit. It is Matt Black)
Of course if you want to take it up a level then how about the Viper Plus now available in Pewter (Mirror Black). It’s fully remote controlled including remote reverse, is one of the biggest air movers we make and it looks the business. A whole world away from Polished Brass and Rattan.
So hopefully this will convince any undecideds out there that Ceiling Fans can find a home in very modern houses as well as being extremely useful and efficient.
And if it hasn’t, or if you happen to like Polished Brass and Rattan, then may we present our version below:
Ok, so there’s no rattan in that picture but if you flip the blades over you will find some. Promise.
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Lighting, not dull
It’s an interesting question isn’t it? Lighting is such a huge part of our lives that we don’t really notice. This maybe because nothing much has changed in the 213 years since the first incandescent light bulb was made, nothing much until the last 20 years.
There are now a choice of light bulbs to consider Standard Incandescent, Halogen, CFL & LED.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention and this may explain why the the stages between standard incandescent and LED have been so disappointing. The standard incandescent light but has been doing a perfectly good job for years so why change it? The basic reason is energy prices. They keep going up and people are less and less able to afford them. So we have a need for a more energy efficient light bulb and finally we have a contender.
I could have been a contender…
The interim period between Standard Incandescent and LED has been filled by two relatively poor forms of technology.
Firstly the CFL. Compact-Fluorescent tubes have been used in school halls and dental surgeries for years very effectively. They should have stayed there. Lighting manufacturers decided that the technology would go nicely in people’s houses and so started to develop domestic bulbs. The curly-wurly lamp hanging out of your Nan’s light fitting is a CFL. At one stage the government were giving them away free of charge. Remember how when digital cameras first appeared they were complete rubbish in terms of the results they produced compared to traditional methods? Well hello CFL! Cold light, migraine-inducing flicker, taking forever to warm up and actually produce any light. Sound familiar? you’ve been CFL’d
Secondly the Halogen light arrived. What a nasty piece of kit. Sure, the light output is great, a nice warm colour and very bright but at what price? Well don’t dare to install a new Halogen bulb with your bare hands of the oils in your fingers may react with the surface of the glass and cause the bulb to blow upon switch-on. Also, the heat output is immense. At one stage Halogen GU-10 bulbs were sold with heat hoods to try and limit the possibility them burning your house down. Touch a halogen bulb within 5 minutes of turning it off and you’re likely to loose several layers of skin. You get the picture
LED lighting feels like what lighting should always have been. Low energy with good light output and low heat output. Yes, at the the moment LED bulbs cost more that a standard bulb but prices are coming down and quality is going up. Longevity is also positive with some manufacturers quoting up to 50,000 hours.
The table below gives an interesting comparison between lighting technologies:
You can now achieve the same light output from an 8w LED and you did from a 40w Incandescent bulb. You’re using a lot less power (and therefore spending less money on energy) to achieve the same result. Progress. The savings will increase as the technology improves and prices come down but it already makes sense to switch those GU10 Halogen bulbs to LED.
Should you care about LED lighting? Yes
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Many people assume that a ceiling fan is only really of use for a few hot weeks in the Summer. However, almost all ceiling fans have a reverse function that makes them useful in Winter too.
Right, first the science bit.
Warm air rises.
That’s the end of the science bit.
Your central heating warming the air in your various rooms and that air wants to go to the ceiling. In a conservatory with a pitched roof this warm air movement is more pronounced than in a room with a flat ceiling.
So, we have a lot of rooms that are warmed from the top down. This is inefficient.
A ceiling fan running slowly in reverse can redistribute this warm air at ceiling level, pushing it back down the wall and towards the lower part of the room where it is much more useful to you.
Here’s a diagram
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At Fantasia we’re always looking to reduce the cost of running a ceiling fans. With this is mind we launched a range of ceiling fans that use DC motors rather than the traditional AC. This allows for greater flexibility in operation (6 speeds as opposed to the traditional 3, aswell as a pulse function) along with the energy saving. Have a look at the graph for details on the energy savings. Also this year we are launching a range of LED light bulbs. This will bring even bigger savings, An AC ceiling fan with 2 x 50w G9 light bulbs would currently consume a total of 195w on high speed, this would be reduced to just 39w for a #ceilingfan with a DC motor and LED light bulbs included.