Modern Fan Company Designed by Ron Rezek, the Modern Fan Company's models celebrate the modern idiom through mechanical simplification, geometric forms and contemporary finishes. The unique ceiling fan styles of Modern Fan represent a new age in ceiling fans - the marrying of efficient function with contemporary design (you won't fine any wicker or flowery fans here!).
Modern Fan Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ)
How low can the fan go
and still meet my local code?
All of the Modern Fan Company fans, when ordered at the default length, can
be used on an eight foot ceiling and still meet local code, since code requires
that the fan blades be at least seven feet off the floor. The code looks to
the blade height and not the bottom of the fan body. However, for low ceiling
installations, we recommend the Cirrus Hugger as it looks more proportional
when installed. This is the most popular fan sold in New York City, for instance,
due the high number of low-ceiling apartments there. For low ceilings, we recommend
the Cirrus Hugger over the Cirrus Short as it is better balanced visually.
What size fan blades should
You should always go with
the 52 blades unless the outer blades are going to be less than 24
from a wall. Typically, the only installations that have fans within 24
of a wall are either fans installed near soffits or fans installed in hallways.
Most of the fans look stubby when using the 42 blades, with
the exception of the Cirrus Short and the Cirrus Hugger
How far down should I drop
We recommend that you drop
the fan as far down as your aesthetics will allow in order to create the most
What kind of light should
I expect from the light kits? Will they light an entire room?
In general, the light produced
by the light kits will not be sufficient for an entire rooms illumination
with the exception of the Halo fan. The light kits that use MR16 bulbs will
not produce much task lighting at all and are more decorative in nature. The
light kits which use incandescent bulbs will illuminate the area directly below
and around the fan. The Halo has great lumen output and can easily light up
an entire room since this body is very large and the glass is a great light
diffuser. However, we do not recommend this fan in small rooms as the size of
the fan tends to be visually overpowering.
Can I use the fan outdoors?
All Modern Fan fans are UL approved
for damp locations. This means that you can use them outside. However, the fans
will deteriorate with exposure. Do not use the Halo outside as the glass will look
terrible in short order. Of course, this assumes that these outside installations
are under covered patios and are not fully exposed to the elements. When selecting
a finish, note that the brushed aluminum bodies hold up best when exposed to
Can I use the fan on a
We offer sloped ceiling
canopies for all of the fans. However, with respect to the Stratos, the sloped
ceiling installation is more difficult and should be performed by a licensed
electrician using the factory installed (at purchase) sloped ceiling adaptor.
Which lighting control
should I use?
While the choices in lighting
controls seem overwhelming, the decision shouldnt be:
This is the basic three-speed control used to change speed on a fan without
a light. It mounts on a wall switch box and includes a Decora-style wall plate.
MF002: This is the
basic three-speed control (MF001) but with the ability to control a light (three
levels of light intensity). This control requires two circuits from the wall
box to the ceiling junction box (one circuit for the fan motor and one circuit
fot the fan light).
MF004 (MF011 for
Ball/Whirlybird): If you do not have two circuits leading to your fan installation,
then use this control. It uses the two wires that come from the junction box
to the wall box to control the fan motor and it uses a radio transmitter (similar
to a garage opener) to control the light on the fan.
MF009: This is the
same as the MF001 but is designed to control three-to-five fans simultaneously.
MF003 (MF010 for
Ball/Whirlybird): This is a handheld remote control unit that allows you to
control both the fan and the light. The remote control has a LCD screen which
shows the current setting. With the five buttons you can select one of the three
fans speeds, stop, or light intensity. A signal receiving unit is placed into
the fan canopy. A wall hanger is included with the remote.
Why is my fan sometimes
on when I come home?
If your fan is mysteriously
on when you come home from work, you are using one of the radio controllers.
There are dip switches up in the fan body that change the frequency that the
controller uses. Switch the frequency and your problem should go away.
Why does my fan wobble?
Fan wobble is an inherent
problem with fans due to minute variation in the fan blade weight distribution.
Modern Fan Company's fan blades are specified to be within one gram weight difference
to avoid wobble. However, some wobble tends to be inevitable due to variance
in installation location, airflow and other minutiae. Included in every fan
is a small tool to help balance the fan and thereby reduce wobble: Attach the
device to the end of each fan blade and turn the fan on. After trying this tool
on each blade, identify the blade which, when the tool is attached, produces
the least wobble. Then, move the tool from the outside of that blade towards
the center in half-inch increments until you find the sweet spot
(the location that produces the least wobble). In most cases, this will solve
your problem. Modern Fan Company does not consider wobble to be a defect, and
accordingly will not repair or replace installed fans due to wobble. YLighting
accepts returns on fans but only if the fan has not been installed. So if a
little wobble disturbs you, we discourage you from investing in a fan of any