With today’s constantly evolving technology, ceiling fan design has grown to include more elements than just the fan itself. From energy efficiency to remote technology, there are a few ways to ensure your fan is as up-to-date as the rest of your home. In this week’s Fan Facts, let’s take a look at 3 great ways to “tech-ify” your fans.
fanSync by Fanimation
Smart devices are ubiquitous nowadays and home automation is becoming a popular trend, and fans should be no exception (pull chains, be gone!) If you want the smartest fan in your neighborhood, look no further than your smart phone to make your fans smarter than ever. The fanSync app from Fanimation was actually introduced last year, but underwent a recent upgrade to include more features and fan compatibility.
This ingenious app lets you control your different components of the fan through your Apple or Andriod device. It uses Bluetooth technology to change the speed, the direction and the light. It can also set fans on a timer, or adjust lights to simulate someone being at home as part of the “home away” feature. Here’s a look at how it works:
Fanimation’s fanSync is available on the App Store or Google Play, is compatible with nearly all smart devices and will work on almost any manufacturer’s fan (Fanimation, Minka Aire, Modern Fan Company, Emerson Fans, Matthews Fan Company, Craftmade Fans, etc.).
To see if your ceiling fan will work with the app, take a look at your fan’s compatibility here.
Using LED Technology
Ceiling fans with integrated light kits often use common incandescent bulbs. However, technology in newer ceiling fan designs allows you to use an LED filament bulb as the fan’s light source.
Ceiling fans like the Fredericksburg Ceiling Fan by Craftmade Fans can be upgraded to use the latest LED technology available and they will offer a similar Lumen output as a regular incandescent light bulb.
In addition to providing ample downlight for a space, a ceiling fan with an LED bulb is energy efficient and will help save you money on electricity over time. Plus, LED bulbs are rated to last much longer than standard incandescent bulbs. To identify exactly how long a bulb is supposed to last, you will want to look to the Lighting Facts label on the bulb’s packaging.
Remote Controls for Fans
While the fanSync app from Fanimation is cutting edge technology we love, you may want a wall control or remote as another option to be able to conveniently control the operations of your fan. If your ceiling fan does not already come with a remote or wall control, you can easily find a compatible remote control and install a receiver to the fan for the remote to communicate with.
When shopping for a ceiling fan at Lumens, check out the Related Items section below each item to see if a remote or wall control option is available for the fan you are interested in.
Fan Facts is a weekly series brought to you by Lumens’ resident fan expert Hugh Prosser. With 20 years of experience in the lighting and fan industries, he’s our go-to guy for fan-related questions.
For any questions about how to tech-ify your ceiling fan with any of the options discussed here, please call us at 877.445.4486.