The Fantasia Blade Fan Review

The Fantasia Blade Ceiling Fan

 

There is a fine line between making a product that is useful and one that is built purely for its look. Finding that balance between the two is often quite tricky. Too stylised and you risk the actual purpose it was built for. Too simple and it will look plain and boring. With the Fantasia Blade ceiling fan, they have looked to create a product with a happy medium of the two. The initial brief was quite simple. A single bladed fan was required that would offer something different for the consumer. As this was a Fantasia fan however, renowned for quality, it had to serve its purpose and serve it well. Certain boxes had to be ticked. It needed to be suitable for most homes, no matter the ceiling heights. It had to still generate ample air movement and not just offer a token breeze. The build quality had to be of the standard synonymous with Fantasia fans. No doubt the design phase was interesting. I know it was a hard & laborious process but judging by the finished article it was worth it.

The Fantasia Blade 115007

Fantasia Blade ceiling fan, finished in brushed aluminium

The Fantasia Blade fan certainly has a unique look to it. Mounted off-centre the single large blade provides a balanced spinning motion. It doesn’t generate as much air movement as something like the Viper fan, but at 4100 cubic feet of air per minute it still outclasses most cheaper DIY store models. It also puts it in the same bracket as other, more traditionally designed, Fantasia fans such as the Phoenix, Orion & Propeller. As you would expect, it comes with a Fantasia remote control system that operates the speeds, of which there are 3. The fans design doesn’t allow for a reverse switch on the motor housing so reverse isn’t available but then I’m not sure this is the type of fan you would use that feature on anyway.

The Fantasia Blade Ceiling fan finished in white

The Fantasia Blade Ceiling fan finished in white

 

Being a large bladed fan, the Blade is mostly made from durable ABS, which is both lightweight and balanced. This reduction in weight from solid metal means that the fan weighs in at only 8kg which is significantly less than the Viper Plus fan. It also means less work for the motor, prolonging its lifespan and allowing Fantasia to create a motor that only uses 36W on high speed. In an energy conscious world that is very economical.

Fantasia Blade Fan Dimensions

The Blade ceiling fan is a 42″ model made by Fantasia

 

For those with higher ceilings, the Blade fan can be dropped using a drop rod and conversion kit though I have to admit I don’t like it too much when fitted this way. It makes it look a little awkward in my opinion and takes away from the way it was supposed to appear. Is the Fantasia Blade fan for everyone? Probably not. We’ve had comments since it was launched ranging from the positive to the complete negative. It has certainly split opinions. What you certainly do get with this ceiling fan though is a thoroughly modern design, good performance and above everything else, a talking point.

The Blade fan can be drop rod mounted

The Blade fan can be drop rod mounted

 

The Fantasia Blade is available in both brushed aluminium & white and is available now at Lightahome.


The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 17 years with Lightahome Ltd.

 

 

22. May 2019 by ekmwarmmead
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Bluetooth Speaker Lights!

Bluetooth Speaker Lights

 

On a recent visit to one of our manufacturers I found myself humming along to some songs that were playing as we walked around their showroom. I guess I was paying too much attention to the new lights that were on display to realise that it was actually quite unusual to have music playing in such an environment. This wasn’t a place for the public or for staff. It almost had the feel of when I was much younger and I would be the first person in a nightclub, seeing an empty place with music blaring. It was only when I realised that the music was getting louder, the closer I got to a particular outdoor light that I realised they had finally come good with a suggestion made several years ago.

Bluetooth speaker ceiling light

The LED ceiling light has an integrated Bluetooth speaker in the centre

 

When a new product is planned, part of the process is to ask whether that light could serve any other purpose that would be beneficial to the consumer. In this instance, a previous suggestion that utilising Bluetooth technology to incorporate a wireless speaker would be both novel and worthwhile. Skip forward a few years and welcome to the Bluetooth speaker lights range!

LED Bluetooth speaker outdoor light

The LED outdoor wall light has an integrated Bluetooth speaker built in

 

Hedging their bets, the manufacturer has created a limited range however I have to admit the quality level is very good. Cheap products these are not. The sound quality from the range was very impressive. With ease I was able to wirelessly connect to the light with my iPhone using Bluetooth and play my music (not that my colleagues were very impressed with the song choices). Comprising of 7 individual products, the range covers every area of your home from the garden, to the bedroom and the bathroom. Imagine having a barbeque and being able to wirelessly connect to the wall light you are all sitting under to listen to your music. Or laying in the bathtub relaxing with your music playing through the ceiling light or illuminated mirror. There is a couple of ceiling lights within the range as well which means every room in the home is an option.

LED illuminated mirror with bluetooth speaker

The LED bathroom mirror light has an integrated Bluetooth speaker built in so you can listen to your favourite tunes in the bathroom

 

As you would expect with modern light fittings, each one utilises the latest LED technology to make them both bright & energy efficient and each one is easy to fit with minimal fuss. Having a dedicated Bluetooth speaker in your favourite places also offers an additional benefit. Most of these environments have some kind of risk to your smart phone or device. In a bathroom there is the moisture in the air, not to mention the potential to drop the device in the bath or toilet! Outside in the garden is much the same with the risk coming from the weather & harsher environment. The chances are that your smart device is worth quite a bit of money and is important to you so if you can keep it tucked away safely and allow a dedicated product to play your songs aloud then all the better. Especially when you consider that these devices are utilising existing technology for their environments. So, bathroom and outdoor lights are IP-rated against moisture and dust. They are built to stand such conditions. The same can be said for portable Bluetooth speakers. Why risk them in environments that may damage them when you can have the best of both worlds.

 

Ultimately, I don’t envisage that people will run out to buy a Bluetooth speaker light in their masses. I do however think that they might be seriously worth considering if and when you next change a light fitting in your home or garden.

 

The Bluetooth speaker light range is now fully available at Warmmead & Lightahome.


 

The author of this blogpost was Sue Fallows. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 14 years with Lightahome Ltd.

02. May 2019 by ekmwarmmead
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Spring time ceiling fan issues and how to sort them

Sorting ceiling fan problems

We’ve finally hit the Spring and the weather has decided to offer us a few glimpses of sunshine and hopefully the warmth we might look forward to in the Summer. It’s at this time of year that people tend to turn their ceiling fans on for the first time since the Autumn and blow some of the cobwebs, not to mention the dust, away. It’s also at this time of year that we are more likely to experience issues with our ceiling fans. Having sat on your ceiling dormant for quite a few months can sometimes be the catalyst for issues. Fortunately, most are easily rectified. Before even attempting to turn on your fan for the first time in a while I would always recommend giving it a dust down. It’s amazing how much dust can gather on the blades and the motor housing and it’s good practice to stop this dust from penetrating the joints and vents of the fan. A fan blade duster is handy when doing this.

A ceiling fan blade brush

A blade brush can help to ensure your fan blades remain dust free and balanced

Most issues experienced at this time of year revolve around a fans remote control. By this I mean the fans remote-control receiver unit. It is extremely rare to experience problems with a handset however the changing of the battery has occasionally sorted a few problems. If this doesn’t however have an effect, then it is almost certainly the receiver. This little piece of technology can be found 99 percent of the time under the dish that covers up the attachment to the ceiling. It literally picks up the instructions from the remote handset and tells the ceiling fan what to do. It is also the part that doesn’t like to be left dormant. When this little unit starts to play up it can cause a few different symptoms with your fan. It is quite rare for it to fail completely. Often people experience unusual symptoms such as their fan spinning but not stopping no matter what they do with the handset. Or the ceiling fans light will work but not the actual fan itself. If you control your fan by remote and something isn’t working correctly but other things are then it’s a sure-fire sign that the remote receiver is failing. Fortunately, a replacement receiver should rectify this, and we’ve covered in previous blog posts how to change a fan remote. If your fan is remote controlled and won’t turn off, then it is recommended to turn the power off to the fan by flicking off the breaker to the circuit. Once the breaker is turned back on the fan should still be motionless.

Ceiling fan Remote Receiver

The remote receiver unit picks up the signal from the fans remote control handset and can sometimes fail

Another thing that we hear of from time to time is a fan wobbling a little bit when it is turned on for the first time in a while. It doesn’t take much to encourage a ceiling fan to wobble but this is usually quite simple to sort. If the fixing screws in the ceiling have moved ever so slightly this can be a factor. Tightening these screws can remedy this issue. If your ceiling fan is on a small drop rod, then you should be able to lower the dish that covers the attachment to the ceiling and access the ceiling screws for tightening. As I mentioned earlier, if your fan blades have gathered some dust then this can shift the weight balance and a heavier blade can disrupt things. Fantasia fans usually come with a balancing kit, so you can rectify any wobbles should they occur.

A 42" ceiling fan in a bedroom running at a medium speed

A ceiling fans blades are perfectly balanced when the weight is evenly distributed so try to keep them dust free.

These are the main issues we hear about at this time of year but if you’re really not sure then you can give us a call on 024 7671 7043 or if you are concerned in any way we would always recommend calling a qualified electrician.


The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 17 years with Lightahome Ltd.

16. April 2019 by ekmwarmmead
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This Spring, take a look at David Hunt’s Woodland collection of Table Lamps

The David Hunt Woodland Collection

 

We are finally moving out of winter and in to spring. The daffodils are showing, and it won’t be long before we’re all cutting our lawns again and enjoying a bit of sunshine. Recently I went for a walk through the local woods with my children and it got me thinking about the Woodland collection by David Hunt. I really love this time of year and the way nature starts to awaken after a long cold winter. The wildlife becomes more active and it’s a really lovely time to be out and about.

 

For those of you who haven’t seen the Woodland collection yet, it is a group of 4 table lamps that really catch the essence of this time of year nicely. Each lamp is handmade to the normal high standards, and each full of character.

A view of the 4 table lamps that make up the Woodland Collection by David Hunt

The Woodland collection of table lamps by David Hunt Lighting

 

The theme of the range is beloved animals of the British farm & countryside. When David Hunt launched the Hopper table lamp a couple of years ago it quickly became apparent that further lamps needed to be added to the range. Such was the popularity of the lamp featuring a hare, that other animals soon followed suit. Like the Hopper, the Puddle featuring a duck and the Tawny table lamp, featuring an owl are all finished in a beautiful bronze. Horace, with its pig, is finished in an elegant copper whilst sitting on a stack of books. Reaction so far to the extended collection has been extremely positive.

The Hopper table lamp by David Hunt

The Hopper table lamp, by David Hunt, features a hare finished in beautiful bronze

 

My own personal favourite is the Puddle table lamp with its quaint, simple duck. Something about it reminds me of my childhood and Beatrix Potter stories. These table lamps are designed to bring real character to your home. This is achieved not only through the quaintness of the subject but also the sheer quality of each lamp. Cheap and cheerful these are not. Handmade to order with the finest materials I like to imagine they have created something that could be passed down from generation to generation, reminding each one of happy childhoods. We all have those little things in our memories from when we were children which we hold dear. For me it was a bowl of sweets that was always on my nan’s dresser. It doesn’t take much to imagine future generations remembering their parents Horace table lamp with its portly little pig, sitting reassuringly in the lounge. The quality of lamps is such that this type of scenario is more than believable and there’s something nice about that.

The Puddle table lamp by David Hunt

The Puddle table lamp, by David Hunt, features a duck finished in beautiful bronze

 

The fact that you can add a David Hunt shade to each lamp and choose from a large array of both inner and outer colours as well as fabrics only enhances the set further. Personally, I prefer the softer tone colours but some of the more vibrant shade colours would look good in the correct setting. This, of course, only enhances the collection further by allowing you to tailor your lamp exactly how you want it. Each table lamp uses a 60W bayonet cap bulb which can be a filament or an LED so a good level of light is created and this only enhances the base further, highlighting the little intricacies in the bronze finish.

The Horrace table lamp by David Hunt

The Horrace table lamp, by David Hunt, features a pig.

 

To sum up, the Woodland collection isn’t for everyone. It’s a beautiful range of animal themed table lamps that represents the best of British animals and wildlife. If you are looking for a cheap lamp, then these are not for you. If, however you are looking for something of exceptional quality and finish that you would like to keep and cherish for years to come then I would certainly have a look at the range.

The Tawny table lamp by David Hunt

The Tawny table lamp, by David Hunt, features an owl finished in bronze.

 

The David Hunt Woodland collection is available to order now at Lightahome and is currently on display at Warmmead Lighting, Coventry.

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The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 17 years with Lightahome Ltd.

 

 

 

01. April 2019 by ekmwarmmead
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Make a statement with your class 2 lights!

The Vasiliy ceiling light by Lightahome

5 double insulated lights to wow people for 2019

 

Lighting is a great way to add character to a room. Sure, furniture and wallpapers, paints and carpets can all add something in their own way, but a light can do much more. Not only can you fit lights of interesting and unique shapes & designs, but a light also has that wow factor when it is turned on. It’s like a little unveiling ceremony every time you flick that switch. It can be a little bit trickier to find a light with star attraction when you don’t have an earth connection in your home electrics as normally the choice is quite limited. Fortunately, today there is a much better choice than there used to be. Gone are the days of making do with whatever your electrician could come up with. Now lighting retailers, such as ourselves, can supply much more interesting class 2 double insulated lights. To demonstrate this, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight five different class 2 lights that are now available for the start of the year that would add that extra something to anyone’s home.

 

The Code ceiling light is a really interesting ceiling pendant. Finished in an old gold colour it features a very striking shape. Not really suitable for low ceilings as it has a minimum height of 50cm but if you’ve got the room, it really does offer an interesting focal point. What’s nice about the Code is that you can enhance it with filament bulbs that in-themselves are already full of character. Using varying shaped bulbs also adds to the industrial care free look. Being double insulated also means that it doesn’t require the earth connection.

The Code Double insulated light

The Code class 2 ceiling light is further enhanced by the use of vintage filament bulbs which add extra character.

 

Traditional pendants can be a little bit boring. It’s not that long ago that a class 2 pendant would have resembled something like a single lamp-holder on a white flex leading to a plastic white ceiling rose. Fortunately, these days, manufacturers have twigged that consumers expect a little more from their lighting, no matter what their circumstances. The Olyn is a great example of this. Designed as a centrepiece pendant it features a classical design complete with polished nickel finishing and chain. The addition of cylindrical glass rods around the diameter creates an all-together different look and enhances the light emitted from the 5 bulbs from within.

The Olyn double insulated light

The Olyn ceiling light is a traditional pendant enhanced with clear rods that reflect the light, increasing the wow factor.

 

If you have high ceilings and you really want that wow-factor then maybe you should consider the Vasiliy! Earth connection is no problem for this impressive statement light as it is fully class 2. Finished in polished chrome with opal glass, the Vasiliy light resembles a cross between a star and an exploding firework. If you have high ceilings then chances are your home has some age to it, such as a Victorian house. If so, what better way to create a talking point than by combining two contrasting styles in the traditional aesthetic of the room with the contemporary of this striking ceiling light. Using G9 bulbs means that not only can you create a stir with this particular product, but you can also have it fully LED, which is great for the environment and your energy bills.

The Vasiliy ceiling light

The Vasiliy really is a stylish ceiling light. No earth required, yet the manufacturer has managed to truly design a statement piece!

 

Stairwells can often be a tricky place to fit decent lighting. By the nature of their shape they often need long thin lights and it can be even harder when your choice is limited by not having an earth. This shouldn’t stop you from selecting an interesting light fitting however. Something like the Trombone ceiling light is an excellent class 2 statement light. Finished in a contemporary copper its name suits its design perfectly. With ten fluted lamp holders hanging suspended underneath the ceiling plate it creates a modern look with bags of light output. At 125cm height it also suits this type of environment or any other installations where height is needed. Supplied with LED bulbs is an added bonus.

The Trombone class 2 light fitting

The Trombone ceiling light is perfect for tall ceilings

 

If the Trombone doesn’t suit your stairwell then maybe the Livia light will. This impressive light really does make a statement. Fully double insulated, negating the need for an earth connection, it resembles a cascade of LED lit bubble glass orbs! At 220cm height it is ideally suited for installations where a long drop is required along with something that completely stands out. Obviously, the Livia isn’t suited for most homes but if you need a light with those dimensions, that doesn’t require an earth connection and is quite simply stunning you would be hard pressed to look beyond this particular light.

The Livia Class 2 stairwell light

The Livia pendant light is absolutely perfect for stairwells and installations with a lot of height

 

There is no need to settle any more for the mundane if your homes electrics restrict your options. Ten years ago, it would have been quite difficult to make a splash with your lights if you were lacking an earth. Fortunately, in 2019 there is plenty of choice so don’t settle for second best when there is plenty of interesting double insulated lights out there!

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The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 16 years with Lightahome Ltd.

 

 

 

 

08. February 2019 by ekmwarmmead
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A Day at David Hunt Lighting

Recently the lovely people at David Hunt lighting invited us down to their premises in the Cotswolds for a bit of a tour & a cup of tea. After a little scheduling last week, I finally managed to pop down and say hello. As the bustle of the Midlands gave way to the open fields and countryside of the Cotswolds I was quite excited to see the processes that take place and to put faces to the voices I often hear on the telephone.

 

My expectations were primarily based upon my knowledge of David Hunt lighting from their catalogue. A company with a strong identity and a reputation for fine detail. What surprised me as we drove in to the carpark was the size of the place! Not that it was large. On the contrary I was surprised at how small the premises were. This wasn’t a reflection on the size of the company but the first indicator towards the ‘David Hunt way.’ A mass producer this company was not. We were greeted with a warm welcome and a friendly smile in the little showroom to the side of the main buildings that held a collection of various beautiful light fittings. A cup of tea and a fancy chocolate biscuit accompanied a passionate presentation upon the company itself.

Items with character are often used as moulds for David Hunts products. In this picture is a resin cast of some old, detailed books

David Hunt have a reputation for fine detail which can be seen in the resin casts of these books that will ultimately become a table lamp base

 

A quick walk across the carpark and we entered the manufacturing premises. Expectations of pristine shiny machines creating light after light were rapidly replaced by what can only be described as a modern version of a traditional cottage industry. The smell of resin and paint hung heavily in the air as we were guided to our first stop. A little office high up in the building housed an aged desk covered in sample products, bits & pieces from the local area and drawings. Welcome to the design office. The gentleman who happily chatted away to us described how his job was to come up with new ideas for future products. Using items from the local area as inspiration, such as a wooden timber block that had inspired the …… light, I couldn’t help but wonder what the collection of mud caked horseshoes on the desk would eventually become.

The design table featured unique items such as horseshoes and pieces of wood

Nature played a key role in the inspiration for new lighting ideas. Everything from locally sourced wood to used horseshoes was on the design concept table.

 

The Aspen pendant light has a main central body that looks and feels exactly like a local piece of timber, though it is in fact made of resin

The Aspen pendant light is moulded from a beautiful piece of local Cotswold timber

 

No time to dawdle though on this visit as a collection of resin moulds greeted us at our next stop. As a member of staff gently eased the cute little pig, that is part of the Horace table lamp, out of its mould I couldn’t help but think I was watching something special being born! Was it the process I’d just watched or the care that the gentleman had taken? In fact that care became a running theme throughout our visit. Each stop was greeted by a friendly face and an enthusiasm for the work they were undertaking. Whether it was the ‘Antler man,’ who’s job it is to create the parts for each Antler light, or the elder gentleman polishing the table lamp bases, it was clear that the whole place was driven by pride in their work. As we watched each Antler being hand painted & listened to the gentleman describe how he had developed a way to enhance the finished look of the parts I came to realise that this person didn’t care about quotas and mundane factory floor protocol. He cared that each light would look exactly right for each client when fitted on their ceilings!

Table lamp bases, such as the Horace shown here, are often cast in moulds and finished by hand

The birth of a pig! After a little effort, Horace the pig was eased out of his mould and ready to become a beautiful table lamp

 

A member of staff uses a model of a parrot to help inspire the development of a bird themed table lamp

Using inspiration from existing shapes and forms, such as animals, allows the staff at David Hunt to develop innovative and attractive lighting full of character

 

A little further along the tour I came to another realisation. That within each role fulfilled by the staff at David Hunt there is an element of freedom to express themselves. A bench covered in different paint pots revealed a working sketchbook where its owner was experimenting with different shades of Gold to find that perfect finish. I couldn’t help but think that this isn’t normally the way in most lighting manufacturers. Who better to experiment and develop these new ideas and colours than the people on the shop-floor with the years of experience. The whole process was quite refreshing to see. Paint was also the topic of the next discussion as we moved a little further along our tour. A glass window revealed a member of staff within a paint booth, meticulously spraying a product. ‘Every time we have to load a new colour in to the equipment, we have to clean it all down which can take an hour,’ our guide explained to us. ‘It can be a laborious job which is why we have to charge a small amount each time we change a colour.’ It took me a few seconds to realise what she was alluding to. If you want a Hyde light fitting in bright pink you can have it! If you want a Dickens ceiling light in Royal-blue you can have it! Sure, there might be a surcharge involved but the point was that they have the capability and desire to do it for you. Where else would you be able to choose an existing light, and have it finished to your own colour choice. Their bespoke services don’t in fact end there. If a dimension needs adjusting. If a light hangs too low for you they can make it to your own specification. The nature of the company allows them to do this. The handcrafted processes allow them to do this.

A wall light is painted in a variety of gold colours and notes are taken to determine which is the favourable shade

Who better to experiment with colours and finishes than those who work with it everyday. Here a light is experimented on with different golds and the results recorded in a notebook

 

Each part of a light is hand finished and painted using traditional methods

A member of staff hand paints an Antler that will become a part of a bigger fitting.

 

As I stood looking around the little spaces and offices that filled the buildings of David Hunt lighting and watched the staff fulfilling their roles I came to realise that the star of the show wasn’t the technology. It wasn’t even the fine materials and the hand processes that are used to make each light. The star of the show was the staff themselves. Each and every one of them were happy to talk to us and explain what it was they were doing. How their role played an important part in the birth of each product. From the sales team who believed in the company’s’ philosophy to the painters, polishers and electrical testers. Nothing was too much for the staff of David Hunt and they could have easily ignored this group of people who were walking through their workspace.

Components are individually finished using hand crafted techniques

Each component is finished by hand. This same attention to detail was evident in every area of the company!

 

The phrase ‘they don’t make them like they used to’ is often associated with a tangible item. On this occasion, I think it would be fair to apply this to the actual company itself. Sure, their products can be expensive and sure you have to wait a little while for them to be made. But with the quality materials they use, the hand processes by caring staff and the bespoke nature of their lighting range it feels like it is completely worth it. I for one was completely sold on the concept that supports the foundations of the company and left on my drive back to Coventry content in the knowledge that there are still some proper British manufacturers out there.

 

I would recommend anyone to visit the David Hunt showroom and experience the company at first hand. Even if you were thinking of purchasing a single light fitting. I get the feeling they would be more than happy to greet you and demonstrate the care and attention that would be given to your new light.

 

So thank you to all the staff who welcomed us in recently and gave us a little insight in to daily life at your Cotswolds studio and don’t stop what you’re doing because you should be proud of yourselves.


The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 16 years with Lightahome Ltd.

14. January 2019 by ekmwarmmead
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Quiet Ceiling Fans

Things to consider when looking for a quiet ceiling fan

 

The primary job of a ceiling fan is to cool you down. Not only are we experts in stating the obvious but also in ceiling fans! A powerful fan can cool you down nicely, but a noisy powerful fan can bother you, keep you awake at night and make you actually turn it off in desperation. That is why it is important when looking for a fan that you try and choose the quietest one you can find. There are plenty of noisy fans out there, so it is worth doing a little bit of homework first before buying one to save rendering your purchase worthless. Ceiling fans can also be used to help warm a room however an overly noisy fan can fast become a nuisance no matter what you use it for.

 

sleeping soundly under a ceiling fan

Choosing a quiet ceiling fan can help you sleep

 

So how do I know what I should be looking for? Well unfortunately, manufacturers don’t tend to give actual ratings for sound on ceiling fans. We wish they would and have suggested it more than once, but it usually falls upon deaf ears (no puns intended). Instead there are a few practical things to look out for and a little guidance & advice to follow that could potentially help you.

 

First off, the general advice is that quality will always be quieter over cheap. The practical reason for this is down to the materials and construction used. We tend to stick to Fantasia ceiling fans here because they are built with silicon steel & double sealed bearings. The result of this is a smoother running, quieter motor. Fantasia, themselves, advertise their fans as whisper quiet and this is pretty much true. No ceiling fan can ever be completely quiet though. It’s impossible. A motor will always make a noise, no matter how feint however some need a lot of focussing to hear. The other reason a fan can never truly be silent is the physical movement of the blades. Ceiling fan blades chop through the air and this in itself will always create some noise. There is advice on this though that can help you during the purchasing process.

A fan like the Fantasia Prima is designed to make as little noise as possible, partly due to the materials and processes used during construction.

 

If you can imagine a scenario such as a bedroom, where sound needs to be at a minimum during the night, it is really important to choose the correct size of ceiling fan. Quite often people think they need as small a fan as possible, so as not to dominate the ceiling. This is actually the worst thing you can do when quietness is important. Come the summer months, when your home can get hot & stuffy, you need as much air movement as possible whilst you sleep. The trouble with a small fan is that to generate this air movement it will need to operate on high speed and whizz around as fast as it can. This in turn creates a lot of noise. If you choose a larger fan, you can operate it in slow mode to generate the same air movement thus creating a similar effect with minimal noise. Imagine the larger fan ticking over, slowly rotating around as you sleep.

 

The cynical amongst us might think that is a ploy to get consumers to buy larger fans and therefore spend more money. The actual truth of it is that a great deal of ceiling fans are available in 2 sizes and the only difference being the pack of blades supplied. Taking the Fantasia Viper Plus fan as an example, both the 44” and 54” versions are the exact same price.

The Viper Plus fan is the same price whether you opt for the 44″ or 54″ versions

 

So if you are looking for a quiet bedroom fan then the advice really is to try your best to purchase a quality brand of fan, no matter how tempting that cheap DIY store model was, and go for as large as possible. It might be cold and wintery outside right now but the sun will eventually return and along with it, those sticky, humid nights.


The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 16 years with Lightahome Ltd.

31. October 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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The renaissance of the humble table lamp

From drab to statement piece. The renaissance of the humble table lamp.

 

Well it’s October now, the central heating is desperate to kick in and it’s slowly getting darker as I get home each evening from work. It’s the time of year when it’s all about being cosy. Sue and I might argue about quite a bit in the office but one thing we agree on is a nice bit of ambient light in your room creates warmth and character. A nice glow illuminating your room can be created in a variety of different ways but one of the best is a table lamp. The humble table lamp has been under rated for a long time now. Resigned to the shelves of the big DIY & department stores, table lamps became bland and monotonous in recent years. Cheap & cheerful, more of a functional item than a design aspiration.  Stacked high and sold cheaply. In the last 12 months however, something has changed. Whether it’s due to a consequence of the ‘don’t settle’ generation or people spending more money on their homes instead of moving, people have started to look at table lamps in a different way.

Table Lamps such as the Ammonite table lamp can bring interesting shapes and forms in to your room

 

We spend so much time and effort designing our rooms. Choosing carpets and rugs and wallpaper. Everyone’s an interior designer and everyone has an idea on what makes a beautiful room. Whether you prefer traditional styles or an ultra-contemporary vibe, there is a table lamp that makes a statement for you. They can reflect your personality and it is noticeable today how they are seen as something to carefully choose and invest a little money in. Once an after-thought, a table lamp now is purchased with quality and style in mind.

 

The Angler table lamp may not be everybody cup of tea but it creates a talking point

 

This year it has been quite noticeable how customers appear to be shifting from the traditional cheap table lamps and have been choosing bespoke, quality lamps instead. Admittedly the choice out there is greater now than it has ever been. Companies such as David Hunt Lighting handmake a large variety of table lamps using handcrafted techniques with quality materials, such as silk, in a variety of colours. In fact, most lamp shades by that particular manufacturer can be created in 92 different versions. It isn’t just our elder customers who have been choosing these better quality of table lamps. The younger, new home-owner generation have bought their desires for uniqueness and providence and applied that when purchasing table lamps. A handmade table lamp made with responsibly sourced, quality materials is far more desirable than a lamp created by a machine in its thousands. A table lamp no longer is just for lighting a room. It’s a thing to be loved and appreciated. From talking with our customers, it is clear that a table lamp should add something to a room even when it isn’t actually illuminated.

The Tile Table lamp uses interesting textures. Shown here with a white, silk shade you can bespoke your version by choosing from 23 different shade colours and 4 different lining colours!

 

How do you view a table lamp? Is it an item for purely illumination or do you see it as an enhancement of the room? Personally, I fall in to the bracket of appreciating the effort that goes in to a hand-crafted product, so I like a bespoke shade on a nice table lamp. There are of course times where a cheaper lamp is more than adequate. Either way, the humble table lamp is going through a renaissance and it’s about time.

 

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The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 16 years with Lightahome Ltd.

 

 

23. October 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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David Hunt Lampshades

One shade, 92 colour combinations. The David Hunt Lighting approach to lampshades

 

We’ve done blogposts before about David Hunt Lighting and how they are a cut above the normal lighting manufacturer. There’s no need to cover old ground about their bespoke services but one thing I really thought I should discuss in a little more detail is just how impressive their shade options are!

 

David Hunt lighting products tend to work in one of two ways. Either the light comes complete with shades, such as some of their ceiling lights, or you purchase a shade as an accessory. This is often the case with their table lamps. Either way the process is pretty much the same. If the product comes with shades you are going to be choosing the colours you want. If it doesn’t they will recommend the type of shade and you then choose the desired colours. Each option is covered by the same colour palette.

Part of the David Hunt Lighting Orb range, this particular version has a cream coloured linen shade

 

As you would expect with a high-quality lighting manufacturer the vast majority of options are handmade with handwoven 100% silk. Slight variations & irregularities in the shade & weave of the silk only reinforce the natural quality nature of the material. Other material options, such as 100% natural linen, a natural fabric made from the flax plant, enhance the range further. It is the colour options however that really make the difference.

Part of the Orb range, like the fitting above, with the same shades only finished in a different colour

 

With David Hunt shades you tend to not only choose the outer shade colour but also the inner lining colour as well. Originally there were 13 outer colour options. There are now, at the time of writing this post, 23 outer colour options. The choice is huge. You can have the outer colour in 12 silk colours which are ivory, sea mist gold, taupe, truffle, silver grey, charcoal, French navy, black, peony, citron, olive green & firefly orange. If you would prefer a linen material you can choose from bone, limestone, marshmallow & slate grey. Selecting their satin material which is a cotton and polyester material, lets you choose from swan, almond cream, cloud, graphite, copper oxide, ballet pink & teal.

Any of David Hunts shades can be handmade using the following outer and lining colours

 

When you then consider that you have a choice of 4 inner lining options, which are gold metallic, silver metallic, bronze metallic & white you can start to appreciate what a massive choice there is. In fact, if you take one of David Hunt’s base shade designs you can technically create 92 different versions of the same shade!

Part of the David Hunt Lighting Doreen range of lights, this version has been fitted with a dark coloured set of shades

 

Not only does this allow the majority of their fittings to suit any interior design style but from a commercial point of view it allows companies to colour match with their corporate identities. To date, the shade colour choice has been used by customers from a simple table lamp in a lounge to a hotel chains lobby area and rooms. Having such a vast range of options can also really change the look of David Hunt Lights. Some of their larger light fittings are completely transformed when different colours are applied. To sum up, it’s nice to have a lampshade made of a good quality natural material but it’s even better when you can create the exact look you’ve been craving for instead of settling for a couple of colours. As always with David Hunt, their shades are handmade and can take 7 to 10 days however with this type of product it is well worth the wait.

Another Doreen light fitting using the same shades as above only these are a much lighter colour and change the overall look of the product.

 

The full David Hunt Lighting range of shades is available now on the Lightahome website on the links above.


The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 16 years with Lightahome Ltd.

 

05. October 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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Warm your room with your ceiling fans reverse mode

Your ceiling fan can warm a room in reverse!

 

It’s getting to that time of year again. The nights have started to draw in and the temperature is beginning to drop. The last thing most of us think about is the ceiling fans on our ceiling. What some of you might not be aware of however is the fact that your ceiling fan can actually help you warm your room usually. No, you didn’t misread that! Fantasia ceiling fans are designed to both cool & warm a room. Once your central heating comes on to help keep your home toasty all that lovely heat goes and rises to your ceiling, leaving a cold area for you to eat, sleep and live in below. Putting your fan on normally will only cool the room down with air movement, like it would at any time during the year. This is due to the rotation and the way it draws air and moves it.

 

Ceiling fans by Fantasia are designed to allow their blades and motor to rotate in the opposite direction. If selected, this reverse mode draws its air from the top of your ceiling and recirculates it back downwards. This motion has the effect of spreading the warm air trapped at ceiling level evenly throughout the room, giving an overall warmer feel.

 

Putting your Fantasia fan in to reverse mode is relatively easy however there are a couple of different ways of doing this dependent upon the model of fan you have. The standard Fantasia fans range tend to have a reverse switch built on to the body of the fan itself. This can usually be located at the top of the fan motor. The switch itself is a simple on-off rocker switch. Its position on the motor means that the fan has to be stationary for you to activate it which protects the motor from damage when it changes direction. Obviously, this can be awkward if your fan is fitted on a high ceiling and requires ladders or scaffolding to reach it, so if you are reading this with the intention of purchasing a fan then one of the Fantasia Elite fans might be something to consider as they use an easier reverse system.

A 42" ceiling fan in a bedroom running at a medium speed

A Fantasia Phoenix fan has a reverse switch located on top of the motor housing.

Most Fantasia Elite fans can be set in reverse mode but instead of having to activate a manual switch located on the fans body, most can be remotely activated. Fans such as the Fantasia Viper Plus have an additional switch on the remote controls handset which when pressed will tell the fan to slow down to a stop, set itself in to reverse and then reach the previous speed only now in the opposite direction. This slowing down to a stop protects the fans motor which is important. Other Fantasia Elite fans will do the same thing and it is worth checking each fans product description to be sure.

The Fantasia Elite remote control has a switch that allows reverse mode to be activated from the handset.

So, if you have a Fantasia fan and you’ve started putting your heating on then it’s the perfect time to flick that reverse switch and to start using that wasted hot air up above!


The author for this blogpost was Sue. A ceiling fan specialist with Lightahome for over 10 years

 

01. October 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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