I won't consider myself an expert in this but I like to share with you my 'thought process' with regards to ceiling fan.
I intially cotemplated installing air-coning the living room for my new place. But I decided that the cost would be too high and figured that I won't used it that often anyway. Also that would also mean that I need an additional door for the kitchen. In the end, I decide to forego that and will opt for a standing fan.
The isssue with ceiling fan is one of placement. As you probably know, the new HDB flat comes with nearly all the wires hidden. That includes the wires for the 2 main lights in the living/dining area (at least it was for my 5-rm flat). So if you were to install a ceiling fan, you need to think about where you are going to place your living room light.
A few suggestion you may want to consider.
1) Install the ceiling fan and do away with the living room light. Compensate for this with downlight around the living room. I had seen this been done by one of the show flat that my contractor showed me. It was quite OK.
2) Consider those hybrid ceiling fan with lights at the bottom.
Have purchase 2 ceiling fans from Sembawang shopping centre. Cost is about 150 each (w/o installation). I chose the 3 blades one ( 1 for living rm and 1 for rm).
They usually recommend the 5 blades for living rm but i didn't like the pattern so stick with the 3 blades one and the lady say will be powerful enough.
I took both with light kit (meaning with lights in the middle). So this will solve the problem of no light in my living room. However do note that, it may not be bright enough. So I decided to just place standing lights and install additional 2 downlights in the hall.
Lastly, for the brand, I think it's Amasco or Tri-star. Confused cos it's supposed to be Amasco but the invoice is written Tri-star. Maybe it's the model no.
i noticed u bot yr fan fm sembawang, r u putting up there???? i juz selected my flat there (BTO scheme).
on top of the ceiling fan, did u also install air-con??? my hubby insist installing both (fan & aircon).
what's the color of yr fan??? izzit does bronze color kind?
no my h2b is staying there (his parents house). My new house is in admiralty (also selected from BTO scheme
think we are in the same batch!) When was ur selection ? I wanted to get a flat in sembawang too but no available ones. Which blk did u get ?
Yup i installed air con too. Air con is whole house while fan is living rm and mbedrm. I think it's better to install both (my own view lah). Cos of air con, it's a 1 time thingy. once installed u can use but if don't install quite hard to install again.
As for fan, i didn't like the standing ones cos i find that it will take up space and not so nice (my own opinion again okie).
The colour i chose is a silver one (to match my aircon unit-silver also). It's cos of the colour then i decided to buy. I don't like the bronze colour one ... hee ...
can't remember wat blk no., but it is the blk where there is a convenience store on the 2nd or 3rd storey, becos all the other units i wanted were taken aleadi (my q no. was on the 2nd last day).
yr idea same as my hubby, it would be troublesome if 1 2 install the aircon after moving in.
but i hear alot of negative comments on installing ceiling fan, ie difficult to maintain, dangerous for children, blah blah.
the bronze 1 looks quite old fashion hor. will have to tell my hubby abt chosing 1 with the light kit
huh ? don't remember any blk with stores on the 2/3 floor leh. is the batch of white red and blue flats ???
well i also has dilemma when i was installing aircon don't know if want to install living room or not. But in e end decided too cos at least install liow want to use can use. Have 1 or 2 friends that regretted not installing so took their advice.
As for ceiling fan, i like it cos my parents house also have. We use for many years liow but still working fine. The only troublesome part is must climb ladder to clean other than that everything quite convenient. Furthermore, my ceiling fan i use remote control hee .. no need to walk and off the switch. very lazy hor ... ha ha ....
Dalynn, how big do you want ur bedroom fans to be?? I am actually selling off my ceiling fan... pls go to the thread to find out more...
Cos I bought it for my living room... it is more suitable for bedrooms... but so far, it's working pretty well in my living room, cos my living room is small... we can live with it... but do let me know if u are interested...
I got mine from KDK, only $70 per piece.
It's different from the KDK that google installed (hers comes with remote control, mine doesn't).
Gotta check with your contractor / electrician tho, coz the minimum height clearance from ceiling to floor is 9ft.
Also, KDK is not HDB-approved. So its a risk .... (then again, some older resale flats have v high ceilings eg those in Tiong Bahru ... those definitely CAN install KDK).
I tink they're not HDB approved becoz the newer flats have lower ceilings, so by the time the fan is installed, it may pose as a danger (imagine streching your arms and touching the blades of the fan!).
my hubby wants to install in all 3 bedrm + living & dining. Ours is a resale which has huge living rm + dining rm after we hack the study rm wall, so need to install at the dining as well. So, was thinking of buying all 5 from same shop,easy to co-ordinate lah! Furthermore, mine is top unit with high ceiling, not sure if I need lower/bigger fan.
do the Amasco ones you mentioned come in white? Ours is a minimalist concept, so we're looking for one fans to blend with white ceiling
Where is this shop you're talking abt?
wah the diff in price is almost 1/2 just bec of the remote control?!
Yup, the KDK with remote control is their latest product, so i guess they cost alittle more.
Seems like you'll be able to install KDK fans since you have such high ceilings! (Lucky u!!)
FYI: The KDK fans i bought come in 3 sizes.
60 inch : for large areas eg living room
56 inch : retailers seldom keep stock coz the differce is v small. this is the size of the remote control one.
48 inch : recommended for bedroom and smaller areas eg dining rooms.
Their design (or rather lack of design) is just a simple what fan with 5 metal blades.
NOTE: try not to buy ceiling fans with wooden blades - they tend to warp over time esp in our humid conditions.
same for aluminium fans - the blades are too light to circulate the air in the room.
I got mine from KDK's recommended retailers:
(A) New Tai Wah - 62910056 (Blk 637 Veerasamy Road #01-117)
(B) Tai Yong Electric - 62940117 (116 Jln Besar)
(C) Lim Kim Thye Electric - 62927332 (157 Jln Besar)
If i remember correctly, New Tai Wah is the cheapest but their operating hours follow office hours.
I bought mine from Lim Kim Thye ... he's the most expensive ($75 each, about $5 more than the others) but he was the friendliest and offered the most advice.
hi Dalynn, no problem... just that mine is a suitable size for bedrooms... thought u might want a bargain... my home is minimalist zen look... and the fan looks good, cos the silver brought some "modern" look to the environment... do let me know if u are interested to come and see... no obligations, since we can live with it...
I just found out bout this website thru a friend and find it very informative reading thru. Anyway, me & hubby also just got a flat at P21 and now sourcing for home appliances. Ceiling fan is one of them. Actually we're quite fond of KDK brand. But then again, if its not HDB approved, can anyone recommend me another brand? A good one for my living room. And let me know the range of the cost price. I'd prefer with remote control cos I'm very lazy.
I'm looking for a ceiling fan for my new HDB flat. Looking around, most of the fans I see are quite flowery and fanciful in design. I am looking for one that is simple and classic in design. I am also looking for those without those lights under the fan.
Anyone has any recommendations on what brand to get and where I can get these fans? What is the general feedback for KDK brand? Seems like quite a reliable brand as many places uses this brand of fans.
We got our ceiling fan( 4 blades plus a powerful motor) and lamps (optional) from AF Lightings at Balestier. It is made in USA. Brand name - Amasco. Look for Mrs Poon. She is very nice. She also gave very good advice for our other lamps.
wow... victoria, yours is so cheap.. Whats the brand of ur ceiling fan?
Mine is Elmark also using remote control. It has got 5 blades and with orange light in the centre.
I understand from some of the shops tat there are actually 2 different batches. The first batch cost a lot more cheaper (abt $180-200) cos there is no quality check by PSB so there is no "SAFETY" indicator. Dunno how true lah.. but mine cost abt $260 comes with "SAFETY" sticker.. the so-called 2nd batch lah... Not sure how true is this lah but better be safe than sorry lor...
mine is Asmasco i think, dunno got spell correctly anot. it has i think 4 or 5 blades, 4get already la. simple design with no light. it's look quite clean cut and zen 2 me lor, dat's y i like. I like it more because it's cheap...hahaha...but no remote control la.
Hope I can get some help from those of you who have ceiling fans:
1. If I have a false , what's the best way to install the fan? Is it better to attach it to the true ceiling and extend a rod through the false ceiling(would the rod wobble around hole)or is it better to attach it to an additional beam created on the false ceiling ?
2. Anyone heard or used the brand Usha? Any good? Is it reliable or noisy?
I have a ceiling fan that is simple with 3 blades for sale. It is a Usha fan that is used in a few coffee places such as the Spinelli joint at Penisula Shopping Centre. It is 1500mm in span. I am selling it because I have decided to put up airconditioning in my living room.