Nice Elegant Ceiling Fan. Functional and Sturdy
Jan 28, 2009 (Updated Jan 30, 2009)
Review by Rick Miller
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Solid Construction, Bushed Nickel finish, elegant contemporary style
Cons:Removal of the lamp shade
The Bottom Line: Very attractive ceiling fan and light, with solid construction. Well balanced, and stylish fan blades
During the summer of 2008, we built an addition onto our house. This included radiant heat for the addition, and central air conditioning for the majority of the entire house. While we were planning, we decided that we would include ceiling fans in the new family room, and new master bedroom to help keep the air moving.
Recommend this product?
We shopped around for a while, looking for a fan that both my wife and I agreed upon. Like usual, we did a lot of research on line. We also shopped at the local home improvement stores, starting with Home Depot, and then Lowed. This particular model was available at Lowes either in-store or on line. The great thing was that we both saw it separately at the store and pointed it out to each other. We really liked the low-key style.
We don't really prefer fancy or glitzy home furnishings. We loved the brush nickel finish, the style of the lampshade, and the light maple fan blades. This fan was a bit more expensive than some of the other model and brands in the same class. You can certainly find some cheaper and others more expensive. I think we lucked out when we found these on sale for $118 each; we purchased a pair. They are listed at ~$130 now, but I wouldn't hesitate to purchase these again, even at the higher price.
I'm a handy man around the house, and I like to put these things together and install them. I was a bit disappointed that our electrician put them in for us. I didn't get to see how well they went together. But I can say that they seemed very sturdy when I unpacked the box and examined them. They also seem very robust now that they are installed. They are well balanced right out of the box, and we didn't need to use any of the balancing weights, even though there was a nice selection provided. The electrician told me it took about 45 minutes to assemble and install each one.
The fan comes with a remote control module, and a hand held remote so that you can turn the fan and the light on and off from anywhere in the room. We choose not to have that installed, since we really didn't want 2 more remote controls to lose, along with the remotes for the TV, DVD, and Stereo etc. We did have a 3-speed slide switch installed for the fan, and a dimmer for the light and these work great.
The fan is very quiet and meets our needs. We have used it a few times to move the air in the rooms to even out the heat. I can't say if it saves us money, but on the slow speed, it moves just enough air to be comfortable, and not make you feel cold like you're sitting in a draft. Even on high speed, neither one wobbles, and they are still very quiet. These will be nice in the summer when it's warm in NH during the day, and pleasantly cool in the evenings. Sleeping will be a dream with these running.
The other down side to not installing these myself, is I still haven't figured out how to remove the light shade to replace the bulbs. There are 3 clips that hold the shade, but it's not obvious how they are loosened up. I thought they might have been spring loaded, but they are very firm. I don't need to replace the bulbs yet. I'm sure it will be obvious once I really have to remove the shade.
(UPDATE 1/30/09) This celiling fan/light takes a 100 watt halogen bulb. Harbor Breeze also provides a limited lifetime warranty, but it only applies to the original purchaser.
And against the male code of ethics, I have consulted the instruction manual and found that there are 3 screws that hold the sliding clips for the lamp shade. Looks like it should be easy enough to change if you have a short Phillips screwdriver. Not quite as simple as a spring clip or thumb screw.
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