The Advantage of DC Motors Explained
What do the abbreviations AC and DC meant to you? As Floridians, here at Del Mar Fans & Lighting, the term AC reminds us of a summer staple used to keep us cool; and DC is the abbreviation for our nation's capital. Rarely do these terms conjure images of best ceiling fan motors. However, our journey to understand the difference between an alternating current (AC) motor and a direct current (DC) motor has been an enlightening one.
Which motor is going to be best choice for your ceiling fan? Brands like Craftmade, Emerson, and Fanimation use DC motors in many of their popular ceiling fan models such as the Craftmade DC Union. But still, we asked, what are the differences between these two motor types?
All motors work by converting electrical energy into mechanical energy, but the similarities end there for AC and DC motors. AC motors are powered by connecting directly to a power source. DC motors are powered through the use of a battery or a converter. The speed of the motors is also controlled differently.
For an AC motor, the speed is controlled by varying the frequency, while the speed of a DC motor is controlled through the current. A DC motor is by far the preferred motor in many applications today, from electric trains to cranes to elevators, and are definitely the choice for ceiling fans.
Custom Casablanca Ceiling Fans
The Casablanca Fan Company has defined sophistication, performance, and efficiency for nearly 40 years. Founded by Burton A. Burton in Pomona, California, the ceiling fan manufacturer modeled the first fan models after antiques, plating each one with an antique brass finish. The stylish ceiling fans are available today in a range of sizes, styles, and finishes for indoor and outdoor use, but can you design custom Casablanca ceiling fans to fit your individual needs and complement your unique style, designing custom ceiling fans with the Custom Casablanca Configurator.
Custom Casablanca Configurator allows you to build your own ceiling fan based on your style, finish, and lighting preference. The configurator has a clean and straightforward menu with six easy-to-follow design options. Here are some tips to create your ideal ceiling fan in just a few minutes.
First, select the desired location of your custom Casablanca ceiling fans from three choices – indoors, damp environments, and outdoor environments. Indoor ceiling fans are suitable for dry, indoor rooms. However, damp ceiling fans are appropriate for damp and humid environments such as porches and sunrooms, and outdoor ceiling fans are fit for areas with exposure to the elements including salt air such as lanais and gazebos.
Then, select the fan body design from a variety of stylish fan forms like the transitional Academy, sculpted Capistrano, distinctive Compass Point, and classic Panama. Several designs offer damp or wet alternatives. These ceiling fans are Energy Star rated and feature four-speed pulls chains with optional remote controls. Also, select the body finish from rich brass, bronze, cocoa, and nickel finishes.
Emerson Ceiling Fans- Design to Fit Your Style
It’s no secret that we have specific ideas about how we want things to look in our homes. From an early age we've been crafting and expanding our personal styles. We like things to look and feel more like us, so why would it be any different with our ceiling fans? We are excited to announce at Del Mar Fans & Lighting that we developed the Ceiling Fan Configurator. This configurator allows you to design select Emerson Ceiling Fans to create your a custom ceiling fan.
There is no need to customize your ceiling fan with sticky glow in the dark stars or bedazzlers. The Emerson Ceiling Fan Configurator makes it easy for you by allowing you to choose the motor finish, blade style, light kit, control kit, downrod, and accessories to create custom ceiling fans. You can even see your custom ceiling fans for the Laguna Bay fans right there on the screen, and tweak them until they are perfect. Choose from a variety of fans and build your own custom ceiling fan.
Cost Effective Lighting: When to Turn It Off
In most houses, lights get turned on and off quite frequently, especially if you have children. A lot of parents deal with the bedtime light war when their children are constantly turning the lights on after the parent turned them off. But according to the latest research on cost effective lighting, you might be better off giving up on the light switch war and just leaving the lights on, especially since many lights are rated according to the number of times they are turned on and off.
Recent Energy Star findings suggest, flipping a switch off is not always the best route to cost effective lighting. In fact, to find the most cost effective solution, you need to take into account the type of light bulb used, as well as the cost of electricity.
For example, incandescent lights, which are the least energy efficient, need to be turned off whenever they are not in use, particularly in the summertime, since a lit incandescent bulb also adds heat to a room. You can also add Lutron dimmers to control the voltage output that the light bulb is getting, this will reduce energy consumption quite a bit.
Halogens, though more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, are still not the most efficient options, and should also be turned off whenever you leave the room. Try to always turn off fluorescent lights. The cost of energy savings by having them off for five seconds is greater than the energy consumed by turning them off.
Once you start talking about CFLs and LEDs, the topic of cost effective lighting becomes a little more complicated. Since CFLs are so energy efficient, the rules for their usage varies. In general, if you plan to be out of the room for less than 15 minutes, leave the light on. If you’ll be gone longer, turn the light off. As a rule, the life of a CFL is greatly affected by the number of times it is turned on and off, so if you want to prolong the life of your CFL bulb, you are more likely to do so by switching it on and off less as opposed to just using it less. Many people believe that CFLs use a lot of energy to get going and that this is a reason to avoid switching them on and off, but bulbs with an Energy Star rating are required to endure frequent switching.
Calculate the Angle of a Sloped Ceiling
A sloped ceiling makes a strong architectural statement in a home, but mounting a ceiling fan on an angled ceiling requires more than your standard fan installation tools. When buying a new ceiling fan, confirm the fan is compatible with sloped mounting. Many ceiling fans are designed to fit sloped ceilings with angles, also known as a pitch, up to 30 degrees. However, if your ceiling has a pitch greater than 30 degrees, you will need a sloped ceiling adapter for a proper and secure installation.
A standard sloped ceiling adapter allows the ceiling fan to be installed on ceilings with pitches ranging from 31 degrees to 45 degrees. The Fanimation Fan Company produces a sloped ceiling kit for a 1-inch downrod that allows a fan to mount on a ceiling with a pitch up to 52 degrees.
Select a sloped ceiling adapter in a similar finish to your ceiling fan. To ensure compatibility, choose a sloped ceiling adapter from the same manufacturer as your ceiling fan. See Del Mar Fans & Lighting's selection of ceiling fan mounting systems, including sloped ceiling adapters.
To determine if a sloped ceiling kit is necessary, gather the following materials and use the steps below to calculate the angle of the ceiling.
The rise is the height difference between two walls. To find the rise, follow the steps below:
Using the tape measure, measure the height of the ceiling, from the highest point of the ceiling to the floor. Record this first measurement.