Hampton Bay Winfield (AG804-LN). A 54", 5 blade, 6 speed, DC motor, ceiling fan.
At level six this thing is capable of pinning smaller pets to the floor while using only 28.5 watts.
I didn't get a chance to hook a Kill-A-Watt up to it, but that is the rated wattage without the light kit.
On a side note, any ceiling fan rating is minus the light kit. Speaking of the light kit...
Not a fan. (HA!) I like my LED bulbs. I like the lower power. I like the color selection.
Most of all I like that they come in the most common E26 screw in base.
Which leads me to this ...thing.
good for power but the LED is better. Also, CFLs generally don't dim.
Most of the LEDs out there now are dimmable. There are exceptions
|A GU24 base (if I'm reading the specs right)?
||Ok, I get it. Modern ceiling fans have watt limits. Fifty something watts if I remember correctly. This prevents somebody from plugging in two 60W lights then sending the fan back because the light kit is dead. That's good marketing. Not for me.
|Then there's the light frequency. 2700K?
sure if I look, they have these in my prefered range (5000K). I don't
want to look. I KNOW I can go buy a "Daylight" (5000K) LED in a varity
of wattages with a screw in base. I saw some at the auto parts store
today, of all places.
Let us hack...
First we need new sockets. Well, there's a problem with the sockets. The mounting bracket is backwards.
That doesn't leave any clearance to screw the bulb in. As luck would have it, it's just screwed in.
Screw it on the "correct" way and we're on to the next problem...
The old screws don't fit the new sockets.
Put a nut on it, tighten it down, and gently bend it so the new bulbs clear the base.
I also had to cut the old sockets off, strip the wires, and screw them in.
Setting a switch setting in the remote enabled the dimming capability.
I have since replaced these 60W equivalent bulbs running at 9W with 100W equivalent
bulbs running at 13W.
So now I run 2 dimmable "Daylight" (5000K) 13W bulbs and with the DC 28.5W motor my Living Room now has
200W of light and hurricane force winds while using about 55W. That saves me about 195W worth of electricity!
As an added bonus I sprayed the inside with glow-in-the-dark paint.
It doesn't last long though. This is a picture right after the light goes out.
The green dot on the right is a night light in the dining room.
Future thoughts include hooking it up to solar power and making a Rasberry Pi/Arduino web interface.
Photocells can give feedback for the light level and the Arduino now has a tachometer sensor to tell fan speed.