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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.
One thing that stood out was the following paragraph:
- Install energy efficient ceiling fans and run them on hot days. If it’s just a little too warm for comfort, use the ceiling fan without air conditioning. If it’s hot enough to require air conditioning, using the ceiling fans at the same time allows you to raise the temperature setting by five degrees, which will reduce your costs. Use the ceiling fan only when you’re in the room, because running the fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature. The moving air increases the amount of evaporation from your skin and helps cool you off
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Does the Fantasia Low Energy range of ceiling fans have any other benefits apart from saving power?
The Fantasia range of low energy ceiling fans (Alpha, Delta, Omega) have a number of benefits. As mentioned, these ceiling fans use less power than traditional fans. This is because they have DC (rather than AC) motors which use approximately 60% less power. However, installing a DC motor in a ceiling fan brings added benefit in terms of control. A standard Fantasia ceiling fan has 3 forward and 3 reverse speeds, the low energy range of ceiling fans operates with 6 speeds in forward and 6 in reverse. This means much more control over the level of breeze you require. Also the reverse function of the fan is on the remote control handset rather than on the ceiling fan motor itself.
Natural Breeze – Added to the speed features is a new function called ‘natural breeze’. This setting on the remote control make the fan pulse, speeding up & then slowing down to create a natural breeze effect.
As you can see, the low energy range of ceiling fans from Fantasia does a lot more than conserve power.
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Above is the new Zeta Fan from Fantasia Ceiling Fans. It’s the latest addition to our unique Elite range of ceiling fans. Combining the latest technology with cutting edge design the Elite range delivers elegant air movement without compromise.
The Zeta uses a low energy DC motor so it consumes 60% less energy than a traditional ceiling fan motor without compromising on performance. It is also fully remote-controlled and has a 60w light. The moulded blades are unique and add to performance.
At 52″/1320mm in span and available in three different finishes the Zeta is ideal for the larger room.
Track down one of our Elite stockists now and pre-order for July delivery.
Have a look at the full elite range on our website
Everything about Ceiling Fans is usually round. They spin round in a circle and so it follows that the design should be circular….doesn’t it? Well no actually is doesn’t. Fantasia are always looking push the boundaries of design and this has never been more obvious than with the release of the Quadrant Ceiling Fan.
Every thing about this fan is square, including the drop rod if you look closely. The fan even uses magnets to make sure it remains perfectly square when at rest. The fan motor housing is made from Aluminium for that modern look. As if these features aren’t exceptional enough, the quadrant also offers a dimmable flourescent light, so its low energy too.
The Fantasia Quadrant will be available from June this year. For more information and where to buy have a look at the Fantasia Website
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