The Fantasia Aero Ceiling Fan

The Fantasia Aero fan is part of the Elite range of ceiling fans manufactured by Fantasia. The Elite range are a higher standard than the normal Fantasia range and the Aero fan is at the top of this range. As you would expect with a Fantasia Elite fan, it comes complete with a 15 year manufacturers’ motor warranty. The Aero has also had a lot of attention paid to its functionality, with an aerodynamic design to create maximum air movement and a large 56” total blade diameter. The motor is a DC unit which makes the Aero highly efficient and the accompanying 18W LED light means that this particular model of fan is ideal for the energy conscious. The Aero is available in 2 colours. There is a pearl white version and a matt white version. As you would expect with such a high quality of ceiling fan, the Aero comes with an enhanced remote control, that allows you to operate the 6 different speed settings. Most ceiling fans only have 3 speed settings. The remote control will also operate the light. The Fantasia Aero fan is a drop mount fan which means it has to either be fitted on the short drop rod provided, or a longer drop rod, available as an optional accessory.

The Fantasia Elite Aero fan is available in pearl white or matt white

 

At 8.5Kg, the Elite Aero fan isn’t the heaviest ceiling fan in the world. That weight range puts it firmly in the middle to average weight level for a fan. What makes this particular ceiling fan stand out from the rest is the huge amount of air movement it can create. At its maximum, the Fantasia Aero fan can create an airflow of 8000 cubic feet per minute! This is the largest airflow of all the Fantasia range of fans and one of the largest available within the UK ceiling fan market. Because the Aero can create such a large amount of air movement it makes it ideal to be ran in a slower mode, which is more pleasing to look at and quieter to operate. This makes the Fantasia Elite Aero ideal for installations in large bedrooms and conservatories.

The Aero ceiling fan can have longer drop rods added if required (available separately)

 

Being an energy efficient DC motor fan also means that this particular model only has to use 41W of power to operate in high speed. When you consider that a bedroom ceiling fan is often left on in the evening & throughout the night, you can see how the Aero fan is cost effective against other, initially cheaper, models of fan.

The Elite Aero ceiling fan has a contemporary, simple design

 

The Aero is a very pleasant fan to look at when operating. There is nothing confusing or complicated about the design. It has a very modern, contemporary look about it and when it is spinning in slow mode you still get a good amount of air movement from a calm and controlled looking ceiling fan. If you needed a fan for a conservatory I would seriously consider the Fantasia Elite Aero. The fact that it uses 60% less energy than a traditional ceiling fan is also a bonus. Coupled with Fantasia’s legendary aftercare service and Lightahomes’ superb customer support, the Fantasia Aero comes highly recommended.

 

The Fantasia Elite Aero ceiling fan is available now on Lightahomes website. You can watch our review video below & also ask us for any advice on 024 7671 7043

15. June 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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Can I convert my existing light to be double insulated?

Double insulated lighting has been around for about 20 years and is basically a specialist form of lighting that can be fitted when a home doesn’t have an earth connection in its lighting circuit. Typically, homes built before the mid 1960s only tended to have the live and neutral wiring installed and this is no longer safe or appropriate for modern lighting. Take a look at any modern lighting retailer and you will find their ranges comprise mostly of metallic lights. Metal obviously conducts electricity and lights that use halogen can create heat, which over time can degrade wiring and potentially cause a safety problem. Obviously, today a lot of light fittings now use LED which creates very little heat, however double insulated lights are still required as any minor fault can still have disastrous consequences.

Unfortunately, no matter how much you like a light fitting, if it’s not double insulated it cannot be converted to it.

 

From time to time we are asked if a customer can take an existing non-double insulated light and have it converted to class 2 double insulated. We have actually received an enquiry today from a customer who desperately wants to do this because they love their existing lights so much! Unfortunately, it’s not good news.

 

What makes a double insulated light different to s standard light is how it has been wired. The shell of the light fitting, which is normally metallic, needs to be protected from any loose or damaged wires. The wiring on a double insulated light has additional layers of installation that do this job. Though this may sound quite simple you have to bear in mind that manufacturers of these products have to have each original product tested to ensure it complies. This testing is not a cheap process. It may be cost effective for a manufacturer of double insulated lights to pay the thousands of pounds required to test when they are going to manufacture a few hundred thousand individual products but if a single product was to be tested it wouldn’t be.

It is cost effective for a manufacturer to run a product through the testing process to ensure it is compliant, when they are manufacturing thousands of them. It isn’t when only a single one off light needs testing

 

The companies also employ experts who know the rules and regulations of the lighting industry inside out. Attempting to change the class of a light fitting may also have a knock-on effect to the lights IP-rating which would undermine it’s ability to be fitted in your home. It is certainly not a DIY job to attempt it.

 

The last thing that also has a bearing upon the reason you cannot convert an existing light to double insulated is your home insurance. If you try and change the class of the light you are physically changing its characteristics and the state it was safety tested in originally. Should the light cause an accident through electrocution or fire, your insurance would not be valid as the product has been mis-used. Even an electrician is not allowed to change the class of a light to double insulated, for this very reason.

 

Unfortunately, a lot of people will be disappointed to read this blogpost but rest assured, this isn’t just about following rules! It’s about health, safety & potential serious harm.

 

If you have any questions regarding double insulated lighting, then you can give us a call on 024 7671 7043 or email on info@lightahome.net

13. June 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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Changing the frequency of a Fantasia Fans Remote Control

Fantasia ceiling fans have a reputation for being one of the highest quality ceiling fan manufacturers in the UK. As a company they go to great lengths to ensure their products reach a very high standard when they leave the factory. There are times, as with everything, when issues can occur of course. One such issue is interference with your Fantasia fans remote control system. The Fantasia remote works off a wireless frequency signal that gets sent between the fans remote handset and the receiver unit located under the ceiling cover at the top of the fan.

Fantasia Remote Receiver

The Fantasia Remote Receiver unit

Sometimes a new device in the local area or even in your own home can have an adverse effect on the signal which can result in your Fantasia ceiling fan becoming unresponsive or acting unusually. We have heard from some people who have found their Fantasia or Eurofans fan to be spinning all be itself when they have returned home. Not being able to turn the fan off is another issue that crops up. These things can sometimes be a sign of a faulty remote receiver unit! Before you replace this though it is worth just checking to see if changing the remote controls frequency might have an affect.

Fantasia remote control

Both the handset & the receiver unit have frequency switches that can be changed

 

So how do you change a ceiling fan remote controls frequency?

 

Well the first thing to realise is that both your fans remote handset and the receiver unit have little switches, sometimes called dip switches, located on them and these can be changed. For the remote control handset it is quite simple. If you turn the handset over and remove the battery compartment lid & battery you will see a little set of 4 switches underneath. As standard they are usually all set in the same position. Using a small flathead screwdriver you can change these switches to different positions. I would recommend all the opposite to what they are currently set at.

The 4 little frequency switches on the handset can be found under the battery compartment cover

The same 4 little switches can also be found on the side of the remote receiver unit. To access this you need to remove the bowl shaped cover found at ceiling level covering up where the fan attaches to the ceiling. This usually needs a couple of screws to be undone, allowing the cover to drop down the rod, exposing the fixing bracket. The receiver unit is normally a grey shaped box with a few wires coming out of each side. Ensure you have turned off all the power before doing so and as good safe practice it is advisable to leave the fan for a couple of hours after killing the power to allow the fan to fully discharge (certain components can still hold a charge for a few hours after a fan has been turned off). The receiver can normally be slid out of the holder, carefully ensuring the wiring remains intact. Locate the 4 little switches on the side and adjust these to the same positions as the positions you set the switches to on the handset. Refit the receiver back in to the holder and fit the cover back over again as it was before.

The matching 4 little frequency switches can also be found on the side of the receiver unit. When you change their positions you should ensure they match the switch positions on the remote handset

Both ceiling fan remote control handset & receiver unit are now synced again and the power can now be turned back on. Now test your Fantasia remote control system again to see if this has rectified the issue. If your Fantasia fan is now back working as it was before you have rectified the issue. If it still appears to have an issue then you will probably need to replace the receiver unit with a new one.

 

If you are having any difficulties regarding this then you can contact Lightahome on 02476717043 for more advice.

11. June 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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Fitting a ceiling fan on a sloping ceiling

Ceiling fans can be really useful things. Not only do they cool down a room, but they can actually warm it as well in the winter. Great in bedrooms, conservatories & most rooms in the home they are relatively simple to fit. There are occasions however where the installation point may not be that straight forward. One such installation is a sloping ceiling or a pitched roof. At Lightahome, we have spoken to several people who think that because they have a sloping roof they won’t be able to have a ceiling fan. This is not the case. Not only can the ceiling fans that Lightahome sell be fitted to an angled ceiling but they can actually be fitted up to an angle of 38 degrees!

If your ceiling fan is fitted on a drop rod, like this Fantasia Sigma fan, then it can usually be fitted at an angle

Fitting a fan to a pitched roof is relatively easy. It may sound difficult but it’s actually really not. A strong fixing point, as always, is required. A joist or a beam will do the job for stability. Alternatively, a noggin of wood between joists is suitable above the ceiling to screw in to. For obvious practical reasons a flush fitting ceiling fan can’t be installed at an angle as the fan would just follow the angle of the ceiling. A ceiling fan on a drop rod of relatively small length is fine however. What makes an angled installation possible with Lightahome ceiling fans is the specially designed fixing bracket. Designed to screw directly to the stable fixing point with 2 screw fixing points, the fixing bracket has a ball joint holder in its centre.

The connector block on the hanging bracket can be seen to the right of the ball joint holder on the fixing bracket

At the end of each Lightahome fans drop rod is a ball joint. These ball joints are held in place by a split pin, so they can be taken off and used with differing lengths of rod. When the ceiling fan motor is hung below the fixing bracket the ball joint sits within the ball joint holder. This allows the fan to find the perfect position using gravity to pull it downwards. In essence the fixing bracket pitches to 38 degrees and the fan hangs below it at a perfectly straight angle. The only thing you have to ensure is that the fan hangs low enough so the blade tips are far enough away from the ceiling which will be sloping downwards. If you are unsure of the length of rod you would need you can always contact Lightahome for additional advice.

The ball joint at the top of the drop rod sits in to the holder on the fixing bracket and pivots meaning gravity pulls the ceiling fan straight, even if the fixing bracket is fitted at an angle

If your fan is a flush fitting type, then it will probably still be able to have a drop rod added to it. Some models require a conversion kit to do this & again Lightahome can advise you on this. Some ceiling fans are described as dual mount. This means they can either be fitted flush to a ceiling or on a drop rod & if you can fit a rod to a ceiling fan, you can angle the installation.

 

So, if you have a pitched roof and you wondered if you could have a fan but were unsure, rest assured you can. Speak with us at Lightahome and we can advise and talk you through our range of sloping ceiling fans. Our telephone number is 024 7671 7043 and you can also contact us on our Facebook page.

05. June 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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The Fantasia Prima Fan

For a little while now there has been a gap in the ceiling fan market. There have always been fans to cater for large rooms and fans to cater for smaller rooms. Fans to suit low ceilings and high ceilings. Ceiling fans that existed for the energy conscious amongst us and for those who just want that extra bit of quality. Customer feedback has pointed towards a desire for new colour options and modern technology such as LED lighting. With the Prima ceiling fan, Fantasia have managed to just about tick all of those boxes. You could almost describe the Fantasia Prima fan as the ceiling fan for pretty much all homes.

The Fantasia Prima fan (show here in a natural iron finish) is new to the range this year

 

The Fantasia Elite Prima is one of Fantasia Ceiling Fans new models for this year and an addition to their Fantasia Elite range of fans. Available in 3 colours, it can cover a wide range of decors. True they have played it safe with the all white version as well as the brushed nickel. The Natural Iron version however is a welcome new addition to the colour range and looks particularly good with the Walnut blades. As a nice little side note it is worth remembering that the blades are double sided on most Fantasia ceiling fans, so if you don’t like the walnut colour you can flip it over for a Canadian maple finish. Available in 2 sizes, you can select the 42” version if you are a little concerned about size and the 52” version if space isn’t an issue for you. There is no difference in the price between the 2 sizes so the Prima fan can cover most rooms, except small box rooms.

The Elite Prima fan comes complete with a remote control which controls the fans 3 speeds and will turn the light on and off. The light itself is a fully integrated 18W LED light which means that, as well as being very economical to run, it also emits a bright, warm-white light. As usual, the light can be used independently from the fan.

 

The other aspect of the Fantasia Prima fan which is very appealing is the fact that it is a dual mount ceiling fan. This basically means that when it comes to fitting, you can choose to use the little 6” drop rod included or not. If you have a high ceiling then the drop mount option is perfect. If you have limited space, then the flush mount (without the drop rod) is ideal.

The Fantasia Prima fan show without the drop rod, allowing a flush fit to the ceiling

Suddenly Fantasia fans have created a ceiling fan in the Prima that means you don’t have to choose one fan over another to suit the room you have. You can now have their latest model no matter what the installation is like. The Fantasia Elite Prima is perfectly fine as a 42” smaller version, fitted flush to your ceiling with minimal depth, above a bed, as well as the 52” larger version on a 30” drop rod in a barn conversion with high ceilings.

The brushed nickel version of the Prima fan by Fantasia

 

Aesthetically it’s pleasing to look at. It has a modern, simple design, without any unnecessary fuss. This simple design, married with a powerful motor, which can move up to 5358 cubic feet of air per minute, creates a potent combination. A cheap and cheerful DIY store fan this is not. Bear in mind that Fantasia give the Prima fan a 15 year motor warranty, which indicates their confidence in the model.

 

I like the thought that has gone in to the Prima. Clearly Fantasia have reacted to the market and built a fan that not only holds true to their traditions of quality but also suits the ever changing face of installations across the country.

 

The Fantasia Elite Prima ceiling fan is now available to order on our website or by telephoning us on 024 7671 7043.

 

 

25. May 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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What is a dual mount ceiling fan?

If you have looked through any ceiling fan catalogues recently, you may have seen some models referred to as dual mount ceiling fans. But exactly what is a dual mount ceiling fan? Well to put it simply it’s a fan that has been designed to fit in to most rooms, without the ceiling height being an issue. Normally when you want a ceiling fan you fall in to one of two brackets. Either you have a low ceiling, such as a modern built house or say if the fan is to go above a bed, or you have a room with a high ceiling. Older houses were often built with high ceilings.

 

When your home has one of these two features you usually have to pick your ceiling fan carefully. A fan on a rod will probably hang down too low for small height rooms and equally, a flush fitting ceiling fan will be far too high up to make a difference in a room with a large ceiling height.

 

A dual mount ceiling fan has been designed for both eventualities. It may be shown in the catalogue as having a small rod attached or not, but once it comes to the fitting you can choose whether to use the rod or not. If you decide against using it, then the overall depth from the ceiling reduces. Choose to use it and it increases. Product descriptions and catalogues will often display two different sets of dimensions dependent upon how you choose to install.

 

A ceiling fan, like the Eurofans Neptune fan is a classic example of a dual mount ceiling fan. Though it may look quite bulky it is actually incredibly close to the ceiling when fitted flush (only 27cm). This allows a fairly big fan to be used over a bed and locations with limited ceiling height. Alternatively, you can fit the Neptune with the enclosed 6-inch drop rod, however longer drop rods are also available. Fan drop rods come in 12”, 18”, 30”,48” & 72”. Basically, when you buy a dual mount ceiling, such as the Neptune ceiling fan, you are buying a product that is great for pretty much all installations.

The Neptune ceiling fan (shown here on the 6″ drop rod it comes with) can also be fitted without the drop rod which means it is flush to the ceiling. This makes the Neptune fan perfect for pretty much all installations.

 

Because of this it also means you can take the fan down and refit it in to a different room. Or, for example, if you are moving-house and the ceiling heights are different in your new home. Your dual mount ceiling fan will be suitable there as well. These types of fans don’t necessarily cost more money to purchase. They just mean that the manufacturer has put some additional thought in to the design.

 

If you are struggling to work out which ceiling fan would be suitable for your home, then give us a call on 024 7671 7043 & we would be happy to talk you through your options.

21. May 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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Why should I choose a Fantasia Ceiling Fan?

Ok, you’ve decided that you want a ceiling fan. You’ve done a bit of research and seen you can pretty much either go down the cheap, DIY store route, or go down the more expensive, professional fan route. If you’ve opted for the latter (and you should) then you will have found that there are brands of ceiling fans out there. Here’s where I become biased. If you are looking for a high quality branded ceiling fan, then look for Fantasia ceiling fans. It’s the brand of ceiling fan we stock. Easy choice for me to promote them then. Looking beyond this bias though actually highlights why we stock & promote Fantasia Fans.

Fantasia fans only make ceiling fans so all their knowledge is poured in to their ceiling fan products.

 

As a retailer, it is in our best interest to provide a product that will last & provide a quality experience for our customers. When it comes to both of these things, Fantasia ceiling fans can’t be beaten. It wasn’t a difficult choice when we had to nail our flag to a ceiling fan brand. Firstly, Fantasia only make ceiling fans. They don’t diversify in to other products. They specialise solely in ceiling fans which means Fantasia fans can push the envelope with new designs, economy of power use, technical improvements. It also means should someone contact Fantasia for help, they will instantly reach someone who knows exactly what they are talking about.

The silver version of the Fantasia Tau fan, fitted with 3 blades in this picture but can be fitted with 2, 3 or 4! (4 supplied in the box). Fantasia ceiling fans push the development of ceiling fans to a new level.

 

Because Fantasia ceiling fans only deal in fans, it also means they manufacture & stock both accessories and spare parts. Remote control units, spare pull cords, drop rods for lowering, are just some of the items you can purchase with Fantasia fans. Because they have been developing their ceiling fans for over 30 years, it means that they can offer a 10-year motor warranty on the standard Fantasia fans range and 15 years on the Fantasia Elite Fans range. With fan motors designed to last for so long, it is perfectly reasonable in the future to bring your existing Fantasia ceiling fan back looking fresh by merely buying a new set of blades, or a different looking light (yes, they are pretty much universal).

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

The highest quality materials are used in the construction of all of Fantasia’s ceiling fans

 

Like all good businesses, Fantasia ceiling fans like to move with the times. They are not really interested in a ‘make them cheap, stack them high, sell them cheap, business model.’ They would much rather focus upon the things that the modern consumer comes to expect with a high-quality manufacturer. In recent years they have introduced technological advancements such as, DC Low energy motors, remote control reverse mode to help warm a room, LED lighting. They also focus on using quality materials & blade balancing systems to ensure that the wobbly fan you saw in your hotel room years ago is a thing of the past. Fantasia ceiling fans use larger silicon steel motors than other manufacturers, which ensures more air movement. Double sealed bearings that are used across the Fantasia fans range improve durability and help reduce noise during operation. Double lacquered metal finishes also help to deter tarnishing.

Fans such as the Neptune are dual mount which means it can be fitted without the drop rod shown above (for low ceilings) and with the drop rod for higher ceilings.

 

A lot of Fantasia Ceiling Fans models are also adaptable. Dual mount ceiling fans mean they can be fitted with or without a drop rod. If you have limited headspace then this is essential. Equally if you have a high ceiling then the same ceiling fan fitted with the drop rod will bring it down lower. I guess when you buy a cheap fan then you are having to adapt to fit around it. It may not be suitable for the height of your room, but you make do. Ultimately its quality will let it down and another electricians bill will have to be paid, when fitting the replacement. With a Fantasia ceiling fan, you are adapting the fan itself around your home to suit it perfectly and for it to perform exactly how you want it to. You can also be rest assured that you won’t be paying endless electricians fees to keep replacing the fan.

 

Buying a ceiling fan can be a complicated business but ultimately, if you require a quality ceiling fan, for all the above reasons you need to be considering a Fantasia ceiling fan.

 

15. May 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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10 Double Insulated Wall Lights with a Switch under £40 each

Double insulated wall lights are not a new invention. They are, however, the answer to an age-old problem. Houses that tended to be built before the middle of the 1960s didn’t tend to have an earth connection in their lighting circuits. This wasn’t really an issue until regulations came about & demanded that a lighting circuit without an earth needed a double insulated light. A class 2 wall light that didn’t require the earth. Historically the choice was quite small until Lightahome began to specialise in them.

 

When people call us to enquire about double insulated wall lights, one of the things they often require is a class 2 wall light that is switched. Their existing wall lights have little switches on them. If they chose a double insulated wall light without a switch they would need a new wall switch fitted and that can be a messy job. In an ideal world they could do with a double insulated wall light that had a little switch on it. Fortunately, Lightahome can make it a perfect world, because in this blog post we are listing 10 double insulated wall lights that are switched that cost under £40.00 each!

 

 

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A contemporary styled wall light that doesn’t require an earth connection. Finished in polished chrome it includes a small rocker switch under the backplate. Small in size, it takes a G9 bulb which can either be halogen or LED. £33.99

A small rocker switch under the backplate lets you turn this class 2 light on and off

 

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A beautiful double insulated wall light that includes a stylish piece of glass. This particular class 2 light is chrome and requires a small Edison screw cap lightbulb that can be either incandescent, halogen energy saver or LED. £36.49

An Art Deco style glass compliments the chrome finish

 

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This compact little double insulated light doesn’t require an earth connection and is finished in polished chrome. It requires a small Edison screw cap lightbulb which can be incansdent, halogen energy or LED £34.99

A compact class 2 wall light with opal glass

 

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This attractive class 2 wall light has a unique design & as with all double insulated wall lights, it doesn’t require an earth connection. This particular light is finished in a satin chrome. It can take both a halogen (40W) & LED G9 lightbulb. £29.99

Contemporary design with a beautiful glass shade and switch

 

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One of our most popular double insulated wall lights. This one is finished in chrome and takes a 40W halogen G9 or an LED bulb if you go down the energy saving route. A dinky little switch under the backplate allows you to turn it on and off! £31.99

A rocker switch helps turn this beautiful double insulated wall light on and off

 

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This chrome finished class 2 wall light doesn’t require an earth connection, like the others in this list. It is a contemporary designed product with a small pull cord (not shown) that hangs below the light allowing control. Finished with a nice glass shade & uses either a halogen or LED G9 bulb. £34.99

A down facing class 2 wall light with a stylish glass shade and switch.

 

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This dainty little double insulated wall light has a beautiful ball shaped shade with individual glasses. Chrome in colour it includes a small rocker switch under the backplate for control. Like most of these lights on this list it takes a G9 halogen but can be swapped to an LED G9. £31.99

A compact, stylish double insulated wall light complete with switch and shade made of small crystals.

 

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This class 2 wall light has an interestingly shaped shade and a nice curled effect. Chrome finished and controlled by a pull cord (not shown) it uses a 40W G9 halogen bulb or an LED equivalent. £29.49

A stylish curved design compliments the contemporary chrome finish.

 

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This traditional looking double insulated wall light is finished in chrome and has a classical look. A pull cord (not shown) hangs from below the back plate and it can take an incandescent, halogen energy saver or LED, small Edison screw cap lightbulb. £26.49

A classical, traditional design combined with a switch and attractive glass styling.

 

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This neat little polished chrome class 2 wall light features a nice opal glass shade, switch on the bottom of the backplate and can use either a halogen or LED G9.

A stylish modern opal glass fits beautifully with the chrome body of this class 2 wall light.

 

09. May 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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The difference between the Fantasia Viper and Viper Plus ceiling fans

The Viper ceiling fan has been a mainstay in the Fantasia Ceiling Fans catalogue now for many years, primarily because of it’s quality and appeal as a powerful, stylish ceiling fan. A quick look in the latest Fantasia Fans catalogue however also shows a Viper Plus model, so what are the differences between the two?

 

For starters, the two versions are very similar to look at. They both come in a 44” & 54” version & both can be either halogen or LED (It is worth noting that future versions will all be integrated LED). They both also come in pretty much the same colour options, barring a few, such as pewter. There is one difference, aesthetically between the Viper & Viper plus fans & that is the blade carriers. These are the metal arms that support the blades and attach them to the fans motor housing. On a standard Fantasia Viper ceiling fan these blade carriers have an ornate style with a hole cut out. On the Fantasia Viper Plus ceiling fan, the blade carrier is the same shape but solid in appearance. If you look at a picture of both models you can tell the difference. The other changes between the two versions are not to do with look.

 

The Viper Plus has solid blade carriers (the metal arms under the blades)

 

The standard Fantasia Viper Fan has a different style of blade carrier to the Viper Plus, shown above

 

The first other difference is the fact that the Viper Plus is part of the Fantasia Elite fans range. This means it is of a higher quality of construction. When you consider that standard Fantasia fans are already a very good quality, you can appreciate how decent the Plus version is. Because of this, the Viper Plus comes with a 15 year motor warranty as opposed to the standard Viper fans 10 year motor warranty.

 

The last major difference and probably the most important, is the fact that the Viper Plus has its reverse feature controlled by the remote handset! In the winter a ceiling fan can be used to circulate hot air trapped at ceiling level. If it is set to reverse, a fan can gently send this hot air down again. Most ceiling fans have this ability and traditionally, it was controlled by a switch on the motor housing of the fan. The fact that you only really flicked this switch a few times a year meant it wasn’t such an issue, however it can be a pain if your fan is fitted very high on your ceiling. The motor would need to be turned off to stop you damaging it by selecting reverse when it was spinning in forward. The Viper Plus fan has had its reverse feature upgraded so you can now control it from the handset. It doesn’t matter whether the fan is already spinning or stationary. If it is already rotating in standard, forward mode, the Fantasia Viper Plus fan will automatically slow itself down to a stop and then instantly begin to spin again, this time in the opposite direction. If you’re going to fit your fan up quite high then this may be a deciding factor for you.

The Viper Plus fan has a remote handset that allows you to control the fans reverse feature remotely.

 

To summarise, should you be trying to decide between the Viper & the Viper Plus you really need to consider if the extra warranty is worth it for you & if the handset-controlled reverse feature will have a bearing upon your decision. Either way, you will be purchasing a quality fan should you decide to opt for a Fantasia Viper or Fantasia Viper Plus ceiling fan.

 

For more advice and information, you can call us on 024 7671 7043 or visit our Facebook Page.

03. May 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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David Hunt Lighting

The first thing you should know about David Hunt Lighting is that it’s not for everyone. That’s not to say David Hunt make weird, unusual light fittings. Admittedly some of their lights are large pieces that would look out of place in most homes, however they also create plenty of smaller normal sized lights. It’s not so much a matter of taste, more a matter of expense. If there is such a thing as a lighting brand, then David Hunt lighting is it. You see, David Hunt don’t follow the business model of most manufacturers. You won’t see them knock out a few thousand generic lights to stack high and sell cheap. Their studio isn’t crammed full of machines, rattling out light after light. David Hunt do things the old fashioned, skilled way.

Hand crafted techniques are used in David Hunts studio

 

To David Hunt, each light they manufacture is a piece of art. Everything is hand made to order and very little, bar their most popular products, are kept on the shelf. Traditional hand skills are used throughout the factory and age-old techniques applied using paint brushes. It isn’t that their products are over-priced to build an exclusive market. The company put that much effort in and source the finest quality of materials that the end product is worth the price people pay. Take for example the David Hunt Antler range. This exquisite range of lights are only created when a customer places an order. They are handmade & hand-finished which means that each piece is unique.

One of the many handmade lights from the David Hunt Antler range

 

Then there are the silk shades that accompany the range. Each shade is handmade using 100% silk and when you consider that there are 13 different colours of silk available and 4 different lining colours that gives you a choice of 52 possibilities. Bespoke lighting is not a problem with David Hunt.

There are multiple silk shade colour options and interior lining options. This creates a massive choice when choosing David Hunt shades

 

A quick flick through their latest catalogue highlights the fact that any of their lighting products can be adjusted to suit a customers’ enquiry. If a light is too tall or if a product needs to be adapted to suit a certain installation, then this is not a problem. Recently we helped a customer who wanted a certain David Hunt light, but wanted it slightly larger, for an entrance to their restaurant. This, of course, was no problem. David Hunts’ lighting designers set about to redesign the light, reprice it according to material costs and then manufactured a bespoke handmade piece that now proudly sits on the restaurant ceiling.

 

Even simpler items, such as their metal, retro style pendant lights can either be hand crafted and finished in a set range of colours or bespoke finished from a selection of special paint tones supplied exclusively by Marston & Langinger paints.

Marston & Langinger have produced a range of paint colours that can be applied to any of David Hunts’ metal lighting products

 

To sum up, there is plenty more to discover about David Hunt Lighting than can be mentioned in this brief blogpost and I would definitely recommend visiting their website. Needless to say, should you require a light with that touch of style, quality, uniqueness and overall craft and finish, the first people you need to consider is David Hunt!

 

Lightahome are stockists & approved retailers of David Hunt Lighting. For advice, further information or bespoke projects you can give us a call on 024 7671 7043 or contact us through our Facebook page.

01. May 2018 by ekmwarmmead
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