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Optional Downrods

By Ron Rezek, from Modern Fan Company
$8.00
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Order optional, additional downrod segments by length and finish to accommodate taller ceilings and greater hanging lengths for Modern Fan Company ceiling fans. Note that downrod lengths are included with all fan orders. Check product notes prior to ordering additional downrod lengths.

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Order optional, additional downrod segments by length and finish to accommodate taller ceilings and greater hanging lengths for Modern Fan Company ceiling fans. Note that downrod lengths are included with all fan orders. Check product notes prior to ordering additional downrod lengths.

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 find any wicker or flowery fans here!).

Modern Fan Ceiling Fan Buyers' Guide + FAQs

How low can the fan go and still meet my local code?

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 Modern Fan Co. Cirrus Hugger as it looks more proportional when installed. This is the most popular fan sold in New York City, for instance, due to the high number of low- ceiling apartments there. For low ceilings, we recommend the Cirrus Hugger over the Cirrus as it is better balanced visually.

What size fan blades should I use?

In nearly all cases, the 50-inch to 56-inch blade spans are the most appropriate selections. The 42-inch or 46-inch blade spans should be reserved for smaller rooms or narrow spaces (10-foot-by-10-foot and smaller) or when airflow to the area above the blades is blocked or restricted by architectural elements (beams, walls, cabinetry, etc.). Occasionally, two 42-inch fans may be a desirable alternative to one 52-inch fan. The Altus and Cirrus models are also available with a 36-inch blade span for exceptionally small or narrow spaces.

How far down should I drop the fan?

We recommend that you drop the fan as far down as your aesthetics will allow in order to create the most air circulation.

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 room's 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 ceiling fans outdoors?

All Modern Fan models are rated and marked as "Suitable for Damp Location." While you can expect years of trouble-free performance from these fans when installed in humid or coastal environments, the degree to which the appearance of a fan may be impacted by the environment will vary widely. A fan's specific finishing process as well as the intensity and nature of exposure that it will encounter in a given application will directly affect the longevity of its finish and appearance. A damp rating does not address specific finish durability, nor does it assure that corrosion will not occur in exposed locations. We encourage you to closely consider these factors when selecting fans for use in damp locations. A diligent maintenance program, initiated immediately after product installation at a frequency necessary to avoid salt deposits on the fan surface(s) for prolonged periods of time, is the best defense against corrosion and oxidation.

The brushed aluminum and galvanized finishes will typically outlast all others in our collection. These surfaces will not rust or peel, however, they will weather as a result of oxidation and exposure to salt or other corrosive conditions. The bright nickel and matte nickel finishes are also well-suited for exposure to reasonable conditions, but may show signs of weathering more quickly and visibly. The coated finishes (gloss white, titanium, textured nickel, gloss nickel) may be subject to peeling over time when exposed to sun, salt and/or other environmental conditions.

An additional consideration is blade construction. Over time, plywood is subject to warping and/or delamination. While fan blades are easily replaceable when necessary, our injection molded plastic blades supplied with the Velo, Velo Hugger and Pensi fans will generally outlast the plywood blades supplied with all other models in our catalog.

Modern Fans are not rated, nor intended for use in applications classified as Wet Location.

Can I use the fan on a sloped ceiling?

We offer sloped ceiling canopies for all Modern Fan Co. 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 shouldn't be:

MF001: 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 for 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 kind.

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Ron Rezek

Ron Rezek designed the world's first contemporary-styled ceiling fan, the Stratos, in 1986. But his list of accomplishments in the design world is long and varied, from lifeguard equipment to contemporary lighting.

In 1997, Ron started The Modern Fan Co. in Ashland, Oregon, which produces and sells only contemporary ceiling fans.

His ceiling fans have been widely used in hotels, restaurants, retail and institutional applications, and all types of residential projects.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great accessory for a great fan. Nothing revolutionary here, just a longer down rod for a great fan. Works exactly as you would expect and matches the fan perfectly.
Date published: 2013-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Convenient item This is a great item to help accomodate the space. It does exactly what it needs to do.
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product nice finished product
Date published: 2012-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect blend of form and function. we desperately needed a fan to circulate warm air in this lodge-type setting, but were dead set against the bulk of many fans..the sleek, satin aluminum cylindrical body of the fan complements the 3 cirrus sconces we used to uplight the cathedral area,..the fan functions so quietly and is almost perfectly balanced even on the six-foot downrod. the installer reported it to be a beautiful quality piece and very well designed and built. the packaging, instructions, feel..all first-rate. great work, modern fan!
Date published: 2007-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Original fan down rods sent receive a ZERO rating as they came bent and had to be replaced. They could have been packaged much better before they were sent. Really, the down rods just came in a long box with a bit of styrofoam wrap around them and that Original fan down rods sent receive a ZERO rating as they came bent and had to be replaced. They could have been packaged much better before they were sent. Really, the down rods just came in a long box with a bit of styrofoam wrap around them, and that was it. Likelihood the product would be damaged in transit is very high when packaged in this manner. Original downrods get an F, not because they are not a good product, but because no care was applied in shipping them to the customer.
Date published: 2013-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love the Modern Fan Co. This is another great product. When we built our house two years ago we put in all lModern Fan Co fans except for one in the screened porch, a regret. Our Modern Fan fans not only look great (everyone who visits says) but they actually work to cool the room. This industrial themed one is for a shed out in back... Perfect!
Date published: 2010-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clean and Modern I purchased an additional downrod to extend the drop for my ceiling fan. Overall, I am very pleased - the downrod came with additional lengths of wire that I spliced to the existing wires to make connection to the ceiing power easier. The finish matched the ceiling fan. Install was very easy.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow...even on high Seems to rotate slowly even on high. Contacted maker who provided RPMs, but no idea how measure. Also purchased a Ball Fan which I would recommend over this one. Finish is not particularly attractive - thought it would be stainless steel, but more painted grey than actual steel.
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We'll go to any lengths... ... as long as they're the ones we carry. I'm subtracting one star because it would be great if YLighting would cut the optional downrod to-order, instead of making me do it. I'd gladly pay extra for that service. Chances are great that I'll drill the new holes at an angle.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great fan - fast service and shipping Ylighitng had the most competitive price, had the products available and shipped them in a very timely manner. I haven't installed the fans yet but I've used their products before and think they are a very good value for the price and have a nice clean design.
Date published: 2011-06-06
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