A Beautiful, High Efficiency Ceiling Fan
We had an old worn-out ceiling fan in our bedroom that was more than ready to be replaced. This Westinghouse Anderson 52 Inch Polished Nickel Indoor Ceiling Fan seemed like a great replacement. It is rated at 58 watts on high fan speed without the lights running. I don't know what our 20 year old one was using, but I know that it was way too high, even before it became worn out. It also used four 60 Watt incandescent light bulbs. This Anderson fan comes with two CFL bulbs, but I elected to buy a
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couple daylight bright LED bulbs to replace those, so now the light function only uses a total of 16 Watts, and still throws out much more light than those 240 Watts the old fan's bulbs were sucking! My energy savings should be huge! With the fan at full speed, and the light on, I will now only be using a maximum of 74 Watts total. The Anderson fan comes with a glass light globe, which I really like, when many competitor's fans now have plastic globes. Installation is pretty much straight-up, and if you've ever installed a ceiling fan before, you shouldn't have any trouble. My one complaint is with the instructions. The instructions tell you to remove the plastic motor shipping stabilizer tabs and discard them. What the instructions fail to mention, is that you need to retain the screws and washers that hold those stabilizer tabs in place. You'll need those for installing the fan blades! The instructions also fail to tell you that the other blade mounting screws are already installed in the motor, so you need to take them out to mount the blades. I wasted time searching all over for what I thought were missing screws, only to realize that they were already in the motor, then had to go dig the stabilizer tabs out of the trash to retrieve the screws and washers that went in them. All of this could have been prevented if the instructions were clearer! In our installation, the fan would be located above our bed, which has a wood canopy above it. As it comes from the box, the fan would have hung too low to clear our canopy. I solved that problem by cutting the down-rod in half, and drilling a new pin hole at the bottom end. That raised the fan 2 1/2 inches, which allowed it to clear our bed canopy. Doing that, also meant I had to do away with the cone shaped cover that fits at the bottom of the down-rod. Once installed, the fan runs very smoothly, and very quiet. The two daylight bright LED bulbs I bought for it give off a very nice bright light. I'm sure the factory supplied CFL bulbs would have been much dimmer. All in all, I am very happy with this ceiling fan, and this coming summer, I'm sure it will be a big help to our air conditioner in circulating cool air. Thanks Westinghouse and Home Depot!
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Beautiful fan but be aware of a possible light kit issue.
This is an emended review of my original, somewhat negative review directed at the included light kit.
Having installed 6 or 7 ceiling fans in the past, I can say that installing the Westinghouse Anderson is about average but it is not the easiest.
It comes well packaged with everything you need along with a few extra screws and washers in case you lose one.
I installed this unit with a Phillips head screwdriver, a pair of pliers and a wire stripper.
Only one 6" downtube is supplied.
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Other downtube fans that I've installed came with two different length downtubes. Roughly 4.5 feet of wire is supplied coming from the motor for extended downtube installations. Additional instructions are provided for extended downtube installs.
I'm happy with the reversible maple / beach fan blades. The beach contrasts nicely with the dark wood ceiling that we have in the dining room. Each blade is held in place by 3 screws & fiber washers. 2 screws with lock washers complete the installation to the motor. The brackets are really nice looking.
Unfortunately, the light kit is a disaster and interferes with the smooth selection of the fan speeds. The main culprit is that the pull chain that controls the fan speed has to wrap down, around and under one of the light sockets. When the pull chain is pulled it causes the chain to grind against the edge of the hole in the glass. Thus requiring an inordinate amount of effort to switch between fan speeds. IMO, it seemed that eventually, either the chain was going to break or the glass was going to crack.
The fan is installed and looks great. It’s whisper silent. As you can see from the video, there is absolutely no wobble. Although I did need to use the included weight balancing kit.
I received an email from Ms. Tracie Rose, a Customer Service Rep at Westinghouse to discuss my negative review of the included light kit.
I explained my reasoning and illustrated further how the light kit’s design interfered with the smooth operation of the fan speed pull chain.
She forwarded my findings to the Quality Department at Westinghouse. They reviewed the pictures and said that there was some discrepancy and offered to replace the light kit.
The new light kit was suited to the Anderson ceiling fan and the fan speed pull chain now operates as expected. (see the video)
I want to thank the unsolicited effort of Ms. Rose and Westinghouse to resolve this matter. Well done.
I can now honestly recommend this unit to others.
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