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Not Just Brass & Rattan – Ceiling Fans for today and tomorrow

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.

Old Ceiling Fan

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)

Fantasia Mayfair MB Combi

Matt Black is the new 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.

Viper plus pewter light on

Viper Plus – Don’t make it angry, you wouldn’t like it when it’s angry.

 

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:

Mayfair Combi PB dark oak Florence A

Mayfair Polished Brass Combi

Ok, so there’s no rattan in that picture but if you flip the blades over you will find some. Promise.

Thanks for reading

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Wiring in a Ceiling Fan

Ok, so this has the potential to be the most boring blog in the history of the internet so we’ll try and keep it interesting.

Firstly, the usual disclaimer. When it comes to electrics, safety is most important. There are only certain things you are allowed to do yourselves and If you are not experienced or confident with electrical work then we would recommend getting a Part P registered electrician to do it for you. All of the information offered in this blog is for information only, it should be taken only as a guide and Fantasia Dist Ltd cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage caused by using this guide. Always make sure the power is isolated at least 30 minutes before commencing any electrical work.

Now some good news!

If you are replacing a light fitting with a ceiling fan then you are able (If you want to) to do this yourself. It’s the same rule that covers replacing a 13amp plug socket. It’s fairly straightforward to replace a light fitting with a ceiling fan but we would always recommend taking a photo of the old light fitting wiring before removing the light fitting. This way you should be able to identify which wires are which.

Now, once you have taken the old light fitting down you may well be presented with something like the below. Bear in mind these are the older wiring colours. If your house was rewired after 2004 then your wires may have been changed to the harmonized version (see the picture at the end of the blog).

Wiring - Ceiling Rose

The Red wires are permanent live, the Black wires are neutral and the black wire with the red sleeve (left hand side) is the switched live (From the switch on the wall).  Below are the wires you can expect to see coming from a basic ceiling fan & Light.

Wires coming from the Ceiling Fan & Light

Wires coming from the Ceiling Fan & Light

Additionally the Ceiling Fan & Light will probably have individual pull switched on them like the one in the picture below

Fantasia Mayfair 42" SS Combi

Fantasia Mayfair 42″ SS Combi

The more basic style of ceiling fan such as the one below has two pull switches. This means that you can wire the fan to the permanent live and still have switch control.

Soooooooo…..

With all this new-found knowledge we can now wire the fan up to operate. The way we would recommend doing this is so that the ceiling fan is operational evening when the wall light switch is off (so you can use the fan at night with the light switched off at the wall). To do this you need to wire:

  1. Light on Fan Live (Orange) TO Switched Live (Black with Red Sleeve or Brown with Blue Sleeve)
  2. Ceiling Fan Live (Brown) TO Permanent Live (Group of Red or Group of Brown)
  3. Neutral (Blue) TO Neutral (Black or Blue)
  4. Earth TO Earth (Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust)

Ensure the Earth is connected up, this is a safety feature and safety is most important.

If you only have a Switched Live and no permanent live then the Live from the fan AND the Live from the light will both need to connect to your switched live BUT this will mean than both the fan and light will only work when the wall switch is in the ON position.

Equally, if you only have a permanent live at ceiling level then you can connect both the Live from the fan and the live from the light to the permanent live and operate both independently on the pull cords on the fan itself

Remote Controls

Some fans have a remote control handset and receiver. This actually makes things easier as the remote receiver splits the lives so you only need one live input. We would recommend using the switched live to power the remote receiver. This means that, in the unlikely event of a remote receiver failure, you can switch off power to the unit at the wall switch.

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As mentioned earlier, in 2004, and just to make your life more complicated, wiring code in the UK was ‘Harmonized’. See the illustration below. This means that all appliances that need wiring in will also have the new harmonized colour coding

We hope this helps and thanks for reading.

Other blogs on interesting ceiling fan stuff can be found below:

Fitting A Ceiling Fan in a Conservatory

Fans Wobble & They’re noisy – Untruth

Should I care about LED Lighting?

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Ceiling Fans & Aircon – A match made in heaven?

Fantasia OrionI read an interesting article recently about using ceiling fans and aircon in the same area

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

Get the full story here

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Will my ceiling fan fit?

Measuring up for a Fantasia ceiling fan installation may seem complicated. Follow the easy guide below and you won’t go wrong.

Measuring up for a Fantasia Ceiling Fans

Measuring up for a Fantasia Ceiling Fan is easy