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The old ceiling fan looked like it belonged
in a barn, with wood framed blades and wicker center - brass finish, and
your great grandmothers favorite glass lamp shades. It was so bad, I didn't
save any pictures of it. Pull chains controlled the fan speed and light.
We found a ceiling fan that matched our stainless
steel kitchen appliances. I can appreciate that this item is not a big seller,
but we liked it. See in the pictures. It would replace the old one in the
attached dining room.
We found this ceiling fan for sale at a local lighting
store. The following weekend we went to install our new lighting fixture.
This ceiling fan doesn't use a pull chain that you
have to lean over the furniture to get to. Instead, it uses a high tech
wireless switch with a little radio interface.
Of course the normal power wires run from the wall switch
to the fan, but the brightness and fan speed are controlled at the wall switch,
instead of a pull chain. They do this without any additional wiring in the
walls using the radio interface. The wall switch sends a little signal to the
light for each setting. They could have used an X10 type protocol to send the
signal piggy-backed on the power wire, but whatever...
I completed all the mechanical aspects of the install
- mounting the fan to the ceiling, and the wall switch ready to go in. But,,,
I'm no electrician. And the wires coming out of my wall were different colors
from the instructions. And my volt meter - which I barely know how to use,
gave me no definitive answer as to which wire was hot, and which was neutral.
A guess there's a stereotype of men not wanting another
man touching his wires (so to speak) but I had a couple other small electrical
jobs I needed done around the house including a 220 volt modification - which
is deadly to mess with if you don't know what you are doing. So I broke down
and called in an electrician - sigh.
Our man wired up the ceiling fan lickety split, and
then tackled the other jobs. It took him about 5 or 10 minutes to do the ceiling
fan, and with a 1 hour minimum I was glad to have the other jobs for him to
do too. One unexpected job was the circuit breaker. The new oven had a lower
maximum amperage rating than the old one (or perhaps the original oven), which
he alerted us to. I checked the numbers and agreed. The old circuit breaker
was too high an amperage rating to trip if the new oven were to have a short-out.
So we had him change that too and it was a good to know.
Once the wiring was finished, I used the included weight
/ balance set to balance the fan. It had a little wobble at medium speed, so
I started applying the weights to different blades, and at different positions.
A time consuming task, since you have to turn the fan on, notice if the wobble
worse or better - turn off the ceiling fan, wait for it to stop, and move the
weights. You wind up going through this procedure many times, but once done
it barely wobbles at any speed. That's a good thing too, since you don't what
the thing working its way lose.
Having said all that, here are toady's pictures - er
picture, one photo.
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Commen mispelling for include cieling fan.