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Within the world of fans, there is a sub-group that I term Specialty Fans. These fans can be used to pen up a world of additional solutions and possibilities for a wide variety of residential and light commercial spaces. The following outlines reasons to consider specialty fans and then examples of the some of the best choices from this category.

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Specialty fans include corner fans, wall fans and non traditional ceiling fans. They can be used in a variety of applications. The first reason to consider them is when you want to put a light fixture in the room, which removes the possibility of a traditional fan. Yet, in many applications, you still need air movement. another use of specialty fans is to keep the center of the ceiling clean looking. Corner fans can be sued for good air movement, yet be placed out of the way. Another group of specialty fans are caged bladed fans, which offer better safety in select applications, including such as a boys room where the children may be active. Examples of some of these fans include the following…

matt-fan2Mathew’s Wall Fan – available in multiple finishes, this fan is placed on a wall in a damp or dry location. It requires a 3 wire plus ground and comes with its own wall control. The fan has 3 speeds and also has a separate control to control oscillating. The fan control fits in a one gang box. This is a great choice for new construction, but can be harder to install without opening up a wall as it needs to have an electrical box firmly installed and anchored in a wall. Use this fan to keep the ceiling open or to put a chandelier where a traditional ceiling fan would go. See example…

Craftmade’s version of this fan is below and offers another alternative look to the wall fan…

http://passionlighting.com/brand-craftmade/16-oscillating-wall-fan/sku-V20-bw116ag3

The Mathew Kaye fan is a great choice for taller ceilings or for installation on a wall. The fan can be used in both applications and comes with its own wall control. It requires a 3 wire plus ground and the control allows 3 fan speeds and separately the ability to control on and off the oscillating feature. Note the fan has a set angle so it is more difficult to use on shorter ceilings, since the fan is set to blow downward. In those instance, mounting on a wall is a better choice. This fan is great for opening up the ceiling for a chandelier or keeping the ceiling clean and open.
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The Fanimation OF110 fan is a great choice for ceiling use when you have a need for a small footprint or in cases where you have active activities that may cause objects to be throw into traditional fan blades (such as young boys rooms). This fans are very tight, have a protective cage, and can blow air well. They also work well in applications of peak ceilings or taller ceilings to be placed on both sides of a chandelier to allow air movement while allowing the decorative aspect of the chandelier to remain. This fan is sleek and clean, with a modern twist.

http://passionlighting.com/brand-fanimation/extraordinaire%3A-pewter/sku-V90-of110pw
For a traditional look and even a bit of industrial feel try the Craftmade version. See link below…
http://passionlighting.com/brand-craftmade/21-reversible-oscillating-ceiling-fan/sku-V20-bw321ss3
For jobs where a different look is desired or where protective cage covers are needed, consider the Craftmade or Minka Air versions. Both have different looks, come in multiple finishes, are damp rated and are very popular. These fans offer a larger footprint and move air differently than a traditional ceiling fan.

Damp rated Craftmade…
http://passionlighting.com/brand-craftmade/48-dual-oscillating-ceiling-fan/sku-V20-bw248ss6

Wet rated Minka Aire…
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These and other fans offer many design options for allowing air movement without using the traditional bladed ceiling fan. For more ideas and information, stop by Passion Lighting and look at other options and get the details needed for your project. And in-store savings are always better than online pricing, regardless of which site you visit.


All the content above is general information and should not be relied on for any specific project. Each model number, brand and product specifics have specifications that must be followed to properly operate the product. All electrical products are designed to work with compatible products, thus each brand and type of product must be specified to work with other brands and model numbers. Always use a licensed electrician for all electrical installations. See your local jurisdiction for applicable laws, rules, regulations, electrical codes, energy requirements, licenses, and/or permits. Commercial applications are much different than residential requirements. These specifications are not intended to relieve the installer of responsibility for a proper assessment and evaluation of existing conditions, including without limitation, geographic location and features, proximity to other structures, and environmental and/or other conditions. No liability is assumed arising from or related to the information provided.