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 Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2020 03:01 am
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Mike Crenshaw
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At no time until recently did I ever think that a time would come when people would start destroying history and old school air circulation by turning vintage and antique fans into lamps.  Basically they would remove the blades, gut the inside of the motor, and then place a series of lightbulbs (usually 3 or 4 of them in a circle) inside the cage where the blades should be.  Another beautiful antique ruined and destroyed.

Air conditioners easily draw up to 25 to 35 times the amount of electricity that an Emerson 29646 or General Electric Type AOU draws, often resulting in sky high electricity bills.  Today's plastic fans hardly move more than a weak little breeze, plus they break and wear out easily, you are lucky if they last more than 6 months, and then you have to buy a new one.

Those old iron and brass air circulators, many of them more powerful and putting out more airflow than a modern-day high velocity industrial floor fan, are the way to keep cool on a hot day and are what you need if you want real air circulation, especially if you want to save money with a lower electricity bill.  And turning those air circulators into lamps is a waste of technology.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2020 04:10 am
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I fully agree!

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 Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2020 02:37 pm
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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 04:36 pm
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Walker McVea
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For heavens sake, can't a person do with their property what he or she wants. This kinda reminds me of the corona virus shaming i gets from time to time when I go out to the store without a mask and someone looks at me with that hateful look and I say to myself myob. As the Irish poet said "you might as well be yourself, cause everyone else is taken".

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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 07:15 pm
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While I agree with your statement that you can do whatever you want with your property, that isn't the same thing as going out without a mask and potentially putting others at risk. No such risk is imposed by gutting a fine old fan (although it is a pity to ruin a fan that way). Look, I am not crazy about having to wear a mask every time I go out but I figure we all have to do our part until a vaccine is available. Just my two cents...take it or leave it...

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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 07:51 pm
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I'm appalled, somewhat, at what these, "artists" are doing with our fans. I've made a lot of custom fans over the last 6 or seven years, but at least they all blow air. That the function of the fan was subverted to instead put out light does puzzle me a bit.
I'll never own one. Stupid idea, I think.
But I may make a version of my own. How about a fan that blows air and is a lamp.
I'm not talking about the first fans that had light bulbs on top. How about a fan whose blade puts out light?
I've been musing over this idea for a while, working out the details.
It can be done.
Also, I tend to make the majority of my custom fans from lamp parts and other things, not necessarily old fans.
I've done that before, but I would rather just restore the old fan these days.
Once you get amongst this crowd, you can basically restore just about anything.
Cheers,
Bill

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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 08:06 pm
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yes it still does bother me when people do that, i see it pretty much every day on ebay but as far as wearing masks is concerned i don't like wearing one either but i do it for my safety as well as for the safety of those around me.have a great day walker

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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 09:02 pm
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Chris A. Campbell
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These have been around for awhile.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 04:10 am
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Mike Crenshaw
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It's especially terrible when they buy our antique fans, turn them into lamps, and then sell them. Then they buy more antique fans and turn those into lamps and sell those, and so forth.  Apparently, there are people out there doing that.  Like they are on a mission to rid the world of all antique fans.

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