Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 80
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jmmtsb5 Perfect for my particular installation
I was looking for a compact combo light & exhaust fan for an alcove shower installation. I liked the idea that it looked like a regular recessed lighting fixture, and it was supposed to be relatively quiet in operation.
Since this was a remodel installation, I needed to climb up in the attic to install. It went very smoothly, but the lack of an included installation template could cause problems if you're not careful. I made my own out of some cardboard from a cereal box, being careful to mark which direction the exhaust duct connection was pointing. Note that the installation instructions (available on this website) made mention of allowing a 1/8" gap between the bottom of the unit and the attic-side of the ceiling wallboard. My unit arrived w/ some foam strips installed around the light/exhaust inlet opening that seemed to force the 1/8" spacing. Even so, I allowed a tiny bit more gap. Also note that, once you adjust the arms that extend from the unit and are nailed to the adjacent ceiling joists, you are supposed to crimp the channels that the arms travel in so they are snug and there won't be any rattling. These 2 things, the gap & the crimping, may be where others who have reviewed this item and complained about the noise went wrong.
Electrical hook-up was very straight-forward. I wish they would've included a cable clamp for the point at which the electrical cable enters the unit, but I had a spare one I used. Also note, if you are installing this directly above the shower as I am, it must be connected to a Ground-Fault Isolation circuit.
The hardest part for me was running the electrical cable through the walls to hook it up to power & the switch. Once that was done, it worked like a charm. The bathroom isn't yet complete, so I can't fully test the installation for getting rid of moisture. For that reason, I've only rated this 4 stars instead of 5. I can say at this point the noise of the fan will not be able to be heard above the noise of the water from the shower itself.
Final note: I think the cost of this unit is a bit high when you look at the actual unit itself. I don't see why it should be so much more expensive compared to other comparable units, but perhaps it's a case of "you get what you pay for".
If all goes well with the full operational test, I will probably be buying another one to install in the other full bath upstairs (kids' bathroom) when I tackle that remodel job.
April 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chi A quiet exhaust fan
My contractor has just installed it last week. This exhaust fan is really good, it is quiet, and works great for my bathroom (about 70 sq feet). I used it to replace the original ceiling light in the bathroom, but since it is a recessed light, it is not as bright as the regular ceiling light. I have a little bit regret that I haven't asked my contractor to install 1 extra recessed light in the ceiling. However, I used a large CFL light bulb (equal to 150w) has solved my problem.
September 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bob Exhaust fan can light
This exhaust fan can light was easy to install and quiet, looks great also, would highly recommend it to anyone.
September 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dvjunk Clean looking quiet fan
I just installed this in our bathroom and it is very quiet and has a very clean look. Those who have noise issues likely have an unbalanced fan or didn't install it in the best manner. You need to crimp the side brackets after after attaching it to the studs to keep the brackets from rattling. Also you need to space it 1/8" above the drywall to keep the sound from transmitting through the drywall. These are both in the instructions.
I was concerned about the damper not staying closed, like others have stated, until I realized you need to install it in correct direction (which is NOT in the instructions.) The weighted side (with the extra "towers" of plastic sticking out) must be toward the bottom.
December 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JK446 Way Better Than The Ugly Plastic Options
Great recessed light. Nice and bright. Very quiet fan does the job in our 9 x 9 bathroom. So much better looking than those cheap plastic options.
March 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Freeheel So far so good
I purchased this for a bathroom renovation that didn't have a fan or adequate lighting. This was installed directly over the shower/tub with no difficulty. Provides the needed extra light and is very quiet (half the noise of any other fan I've installed). Can't even tell it is a fan by looking. Not sure how well it pulls moisture out yet because the project isn't finished.
July 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Remodeler Looks nice!
Looks a lot nicer than those big plastic exhaust fans. Was just installed so can't say if it works but it is louder than I expected.
June 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Amateur Very quiet fan-stop searching and just do it!
This is a simple, straight forward replacement for a previously existing recessed light and is amazingly quiet. Compared to a 3 sones "upgrade" economy bath fan, it is less than half as noisy-about as loud as your computer fan. Glad I ordered it. This is the only review I have ever bothered to do. Just wanted to do this to save others time researching. If you need a quiet bath fan light (can be operated separately or together with one switch), this is the one to get and not waste any more time researching.
August 30, 2011