How BLDC Ceiling Fans Changed the Game in India

How BLDC Ceiling Fans Changed the Game in India

If you live in India, you probably have a ceiling fan in your room. They are super useful for keeping you cool and comfy in the hot weather. But do you know how they came to be and how they got better over time? In this article, we will tell you the story of ceiling fans, especially the BLDC ceiling fans, which are the coolest thing ever.

The Beginning of Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans have been around for a long time, even before electricity was invented. Some people say they started in ancient times, like in West Asia and Rome, where they used water or manual power to make them work. But the most famous ancestor of the ceiling fan was the punkah, a big cloth or leaf fan that hung from the ceiling and was moved by a rope. The punkah was very popular in India since the 1600s, especially among the British people who couldn’t handle the heat. The punkah also went to other places, like the U.S. and Mexico, where slaves were used to pull the rope.

The first electric ceiling fans came up in the U.S. in the late 1800s, thanks to a guy named Philip Diehl, who used a sewing machine motor to put fan blades on the ceiling. Diehl also put a light bulb on his fan design, making it more fancy and useful. He had to compete with other guys, like John and James Hunter, who made a ceiling fan that used water power. By the 1920s, the four-bladed fan became the normal design, as it was quieter and better than the two-bladed fan.

The Ups and Downs of Ceiling Fans in the U.S.

Ceiling fans were very popular and cool in the U.S. until the 1950s when air conditioners came along. Air conditioners were more powerful and easy to use than ceiling fans, which could only move air and not make it colder. So, ceiling fans started to lose their charm and customers in the U.S., while they became more like in Asia and Africa, where electricity was not easy to get or cheap.

But then, in the 1970s and 1980s, because of the energy crisis and environmental issues, ceiling fans came back in style in the U.S., as they were more energy-saving and eco-friendly than air conditioners. Companies like Crompton Greaves and Encon Industries made their ceiling fans better by using less electricity (70-80 W). Ceiling fans also became more beautiful and diverse, with different colors, lights, remotes, etc.

The Birth of BLDC Ceiling Fans

In 1962, a new technology called the BLDC motor was invented, which had many benefits over the old induction motor. BLDC motors had no brushes or commutators, which made them less noisy, hot, and hard to maintain. BLDC motors also had more control, power, and efficiency than induction motors. But BLDC motors were more costly and complicated than induction motors, needing electronic controllers and sensors to run.

BLDC motors were first used for things that needed high performance and quality, like space rockets, robots, medical machines, etc. It was only in the late 1990s that BLDC motors started to be used for ceiling fans, mainly in rich countries like Japan and Germany. BLDC ceiling fans were amazing because they used less electricity (below 50 W) than induction ceiling fans. They also lasted longer and looked better than induction ceiling fans.

In India, BLDC ceiling fans were first brought by Versa Drives Pvt. Ltd., when they launched Superfan in 2012. Superfan used only 35 W of electricity, which was almost half of what an average induction ceiling fan used. Superfan also had features like remote control, sleep mode, breeze mode, etc., making it more friendly and convenient. After that, many other companies joined the BLDC ceiling fan market in India, like Atomberg Technologies (Gorilla Fan), Orient Electric (Eco Series), Havells (Efficiencia Neo), etc.

The Future of BLDC Ceiling Fans

BLDC ceiling fans have become cheaper and easier to get in India over the years, thanks to technology improvements and government schemes. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has given star ratings for ceiling fans based on how much electricity they use and how much air they deliver. The more stars a fan has, the more energy efficient it is. BLDC ceiling fans usually have five stars or more. The BEE has also started a scheme called UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All), which gives cheap LED bulbs and BLDC ceiling fans to people, to save energy and reduce pollution.

BLDC ceiling fans are also becoming smarter and more connected, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) technology. IoT-enabled ceiling fans can be controlled with voice commands, mobile apps, or smart home devices. They can also change their speed and direction according to the temperature, humidity, and people in the room. They can also have features like mood lights, timer mode, motion sensors, etc., to make the user happy and comfortable.

BLDC ceiling fans are the best thing that happened to ceiling fans in India, as they give better performance, efficiency, durability, and convenience than induction ceiling fans. They also help in saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which are important for fighting climate change and making sure we have a good future. BLDC ceiling fans are not only a smart choice for you, but also a smart choice for the planet.


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