Ceiling fan start up load

Old 05-01-09, 06:35 AM
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Ceiling fan start up load

I want to install four ceiling fans on the same 15 amp circuit, controlled by one switch so they can all be turned on or off simultaneously. None will have light kits, but I will have another switched light on this same circuit.

These are just plain 'ole Hunter fans. The specs say 62 watts (I assume about 1/2 amp?) at high speed, but say nothing about start up amperage.

Can anybody figure out what the approximate start-up amperage will be? Does anybody see problems with this set-up? If so, would the only solutions be bigger circuit or fewer fans?

I haven't wired this yet, but planned on 15 amp, 14-2. I could go 20 amp, 12-2 etc. if appropriate.

Old 05-01-09, 08:45 AM
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I don't think they have a special starter circuit. Many are brushless induction type motors. The high speed draw listed is probably the max.
Old 05-01-09, 08:54 AM
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If they draw .5 amps on high, and you figure a motor start up can be 3 times full load current (1.5A) I'm thinking you have plenty of room on your 15 amp circuit. Most circuit breakers can handle motor start up current past their rating anyway.
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I'll be buying a new ceiling fan for my office, I dunno if this will be a good choice.. I just stumbled on this Ceiling Fan and maybe you guys could advice me if this will be a good buy..

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Old 05-16-09, 06:43 AM
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You can do better for not much more money. I would recommend a 5 blade fan. More air movement at lower speed and better (easier) balancing. It looks quite undersized and the light is non-descript. Not really a great design, but if you like it.....

Oops, I checked out your other post. Note all you do is refer to a hardware site. Not cool.

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Old 05-16-09, 08:08 AM
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With ceiling fans you get what you pay for. I am not one to set your budget, so you know what you can spend.

I have found Emerson fans to be a good quality and reasonably priced.

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