Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rich Update - No Longer Noisy!
This is an update to my March 25th review of this fan (since there isn't an apparent way to edit the original).
In my original review I noted one major disappointment with this very nice fan...noise. There was a very noticeable hum on all speeds. It was annoying and almost a deal-breaker.
Noise issue resolved! In short I added a piece of rubber material between the fan's mounting plate and the ceiling/junction box and the steady hum we were hearing is all but gone.
The fan's mounting plate has four slots, two of which are used to mount the plate to the electrical junction box with screws. Next to each slot there are very, very thin pieces of rubber that are presumably there to insulate the fan motor's sound from the junction box and ceiling. They are woefully inadequate.
I ended up buying a thin (about 3/16") mouse pad. I removed the entire fan assembly and laid the material on top of the mounting plate. I cut slices over the slots for the two mounting screws and a cross-slice in the center for the wires to poke through.
I remounted the plate with the pad between it and the junction box in the ceiling. I reassembled everything and ta-dah...the fan is now almost completely silent!
The sound of the fan's motor was being conducted via the junction box to the cross member it was mounted on and through the entire ceiling. By slightly isolating the fan from the ceiling, the only time we can hear it is when it's on the highest speed and even then it's barely noticeable.
The manufacturer could easily resolve this by adding thicker, rubberized pieces to the mounting plate in lieu of the thin pieces it's currently using. Customers shouldn't have to figure this out on their own, but we're glad we did. We love this fan now...even after having to install it twice.
April 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NatalieS Great Fan
I chose this fan because I liked the appearance and the closeness to the ceiling. I believe it is called a ceiling 'hugger'. It does just that! It is a great fan for rooms with low ceilings. It has four speeds and we use them all. I was not in favor of putting a fan in our living room, but I compromised with this one for my husband. I am glad that we purchased this fan. A bit on the pricey side, but worth the investment.
September 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rich Very nice, but not quiet
Overall the quality and appearance of this fan is very good. It should be noted that although the Home Depot website indicates the brand to be "Illumine Zephyr", the fan we received is an Emerson "Prima Snugger" CF905. The images and specs appear to be the same however.
Having installed at least a dozen or more ceiling fans over the years, mostly Hunter or Hampton Bay brands, this one is superior in almost every way. Most notably is the build quality. By comparison there is a good deal more attention to detail. They haven't cut corners and the materials are much better than the other brands.
This replaced an older fan in our family room which had a simple on/off wall switch and a pull-chain to change the speeds. This new fan has a dedicated wall switch with four speeds and no pull-chain.
Our old fan did not have a light kit and we did not buy the light kit for this new fan.
The fit and finish is very good. No sharp edges, no parts that just "barely" fit. Everything goes together nice and smooth.
The appearance is very nice and it sets itself apart by not using the same old designs for the various pieces as most others do.
We bought the brushed bronze color and all of the pieces were nicely coated with no color variations or scratches.
The documentation is very, very good. Each step of the assembly is easy to follow with matching illustrations. It was about as simple to put together and install as it possibly could be. Other brands could learn a lot from this one.
The parts are clearly identified in the installation manual and they even supply extra screws just in case!
A number of the screws are already installed on various pieces. Some simply need to be removed and reinstalled to connect other pieces and some just need to be backed out slightly for other parts to slide in place. All-in-all that's a huge improvement over ceiling fan kits that require you to figure out which screws go with what parts. A BIG time-saver!
Wall Control. Two issues, both are somewhat minor. First the included wall switch is noted as being "quiet". It is not quiet. There are five settings, "0" for off and four speeds numbered 1 through 4 on the switch with a slider to move between each setting. Each position produces a loud "click". Second, the settings are backwards in our opinion. The first setting up from the off position, "1", is high, 2 is slightly slower, 3 slower still and 4 the slowest. Four speeds are nice but it would make more sense to have the first setting as the slowest with increasing speeds up to "4" instead. Not a deal breaker.
Noise. This was our biggest disappointment with this product. It is not a "silent" fan. The motor gives off an audible hum which can be heard from across the room, ten feet away. The hum is about the same for all speeds. This may be due to it having a "high powered motor". It certainly doesn't struggle at any speed, but by contrast we have a Hampton Bay fan in our bedroom which is also a flush mount ceiling "hugger" style like this one. Although the quality of the Hampton Bay fan isn't nearly as good as this one, it is almost completely silent. Since this fan is located in our family room the humming sound is usually drowned out by the TV or music. But when it's quiet, the fan's hum is distracting.
Due to the constant hum and loud wall switch, I would NOT recommend this for a bedroom. Reviews for the actual Emerson model of this fan on other websites also said it was "noisy". Had we known that we probably wouldn't have bought it. But it's up and running and for now it will be fine.
Overall this is a very nice and good quality fan. The issues with the wall switch are minor. The noise issue would cause me to think twice about buying another one though...all depending on where it would be placed.
Hope that helps!
March 25, 2016