2 Blade 54" Indoor Ceiling Fan from the Muse Collection
Sleek, but annoying to install
First I'll begin by saying I have installed multiple ceiling fans in each of my apartments and homes, including 3 in my current home. I loved the look of this fan and had to have it. It sells well, so I had a hard time locating one and I had to wait for them to come into stock. It is really sleek and modern, yet simple. Looks especially great in a mid century home.
Unfortunately there are a few issues with installation. First, be prepared to put everything together. I was not prepared for this, and fully expect from a cheap fan, but not one that is over $250. I have 3 Minka Concepts, and those are simple to install becuase they are extremely well constructed and much of the work is done for you.
To install the light, you need to remove a plate, then hook up wires and screw in the lighting plate. This fan does not have a no light option, so not sure why the lighting plate was not installed.
The ceiling cap has a small circumference, which means the hole in your ceiiling better be tiny or it will not cover it. Most older homes with plaster ceilings will definitely have a hole that is too big.
The short downrod would keep this fan close to the ceiling, but unfortunately as you attempt to mount the fan, the cap hits the ceiling so you cannot slip it on the mount, so you need to use the slightly longer rod. even if you were able to get the fan onto the mount, you'd have very little space to work with, maybe 2 inches.
The receiver is large and just fits inside the cap. The biggest issue is that when you attach the mount to the ceiling box, the top is within the hole. when you slip the receiver into the mount it's too thick to rest on the ceiling over the hole, so it needs to fit inside the hole. In order to do that, the hole needs to be wider, which means the cap will not fully cover the hole. I had to patch and paint the ceiling after the install.
As far as features, it has a remote, but it's mounted in the switchplate, so it is not portable. This is good and bad. I like not having to find the remote, but if you want to adjust while in bed, you need to get up.
It reverses, but unlike other fans in this price range which switch via the remote, you need to turn off the fan, get on a ladder, lift the canopy and switch it. Again, I fully expect this from a $100 fan, but not one that is almost $300.
So, I like the fan but even if all the stars aligned, ceiling hole was perfect size, etc, I cannot recommend this fan. If they supply a slightly wider cap, add a remote that is portable, add the reverse option to the remote, then I would consider giving it 4 stars.
October 13, 2013