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Is ceiling fan in the bedrooms OK?

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Case Study 1: Is it okay to install a ceiling fan in the bedroom?

902448206_installceilingfan.thumb.gif.6178aff081a91ad702d3c9b46f070665.gif1. How is it that the Feng Shui Master says it is Okay to install a ceiling can in the bedroom.

2. However, during my house warming; I was surprised and shocked to find so many of my relatives and friends saying that it is inasuspicious to install it!

3. Who should I believe?

4. Are you easily swayed by opinions? "And even may break into a cold-sweat when confronted with such "bad" news?"

4.2. The Three (3) main reasons for ill feelings of installing a ceiling fan in the bedroom are:-

a. It is inauspicious to have the centre-mass directly above one's body especially the stomach area and/or

b. the ceiling can may fall-off!

c. the blades of the fan is like a sha qi or "poison arrows"

2145037369_cannottakecriticisms.thumb.png.bac505a3a65773489fdd22ad37f81a21.png5. If one were to feel very uncomfortable with one or more of the above, then frankly, please don't go and install a ceiling fan.

6. In my opinion, I know of many owners of landed properties, condo/ECs and HDB homes that have installed a ceiling fan in the bedroom.

6.1. In fact, for practical reasons, ceiling fans are quite economical, circulate "wind" over a wider area than a standing fan.

6.2. If one feels uncomfortable with the centre-mass directly above one's "stomach". Then try to install the fan away from that area. 

6.2.1. Nowadays, many ceiling fans especially the DC versions have a smaller centre-mass. Or check out many of the KDK fans. Their centre-mass are usually small and curved shape.

7. Ceiling fan falling off?

7.1, Often there is a tell-tale sign or lead-time before a ceiling fan decides to fall-off. 

7.2. In the event that the ceiling fan does fall off, it should still be held by the wires.

7.3. And even if the fan falls down; the modern ceiling fan blades are no longer made of metal (aluminium) but instead plastic or wood material. Thus non-threatening.

8. Actually when I spoke to many clients. The main reason why they don't like ceiling fans is because of the hassle of cleaning the fan blades! 

9. Anything to do with Common sense?

9.1.  Yes. Not practical to install a ceiling fan in a bedroom with a bunk-bed. Where the ceiling height is low.

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Case Study 2A: Can you recommend a ceiling fan for my bedroom?

1. Often in doubt, install a fan such as this type:-


1.1 Many of the KDK models are streamline and slick.

2. [Below] No issue if the ceiling fan has a single light:-


3. [Below] This fan is still okay although it has a bigger centre-mass:-


4. [Below] The bladless fan is wow.. does not look anything like a fan. It is indeed expensive and not proven. But really no issue if one can really afford it!


Case Study 2B: How about designer ceiling fans?

1. A ceiling fan such as below looks more dynamic than the traditional look. However, such fans give it's critics excuse to bad mouth the installation in one's bedroom:-


2. Under symbolism in Feng Shui best to also avoid a fan with hanging multiple lights in the bedroom. Frankly, no issue if it is installed in the living room:-

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2.1. This is because the lights often three (3) or five (5) looks like a person's finger nails or claws aimed down towards the bed.

Case Study 2C: How many fan blades should I get? 3, 4 or 5?

3. There are two view points:-

A. Numerology: 4 blades inauspicous? How about 3 or 5?


- Many Chinese are familiar with number 4 as inauspicious. Thus it is natural to avoid a four blade fan.

- In fact, in Singapore, one can hardly find a four blade fan.

- Majority of the fans are often either Three (3) or Five Blades or more.

B. Common sense: The more blades the more refined the fan is.

- Do you know that expert fan installers would after installing a three (3) blade fan; manually spin the fan slowly and observe any wobble.

Let’s compare it with a car’s engine:

1. In the past a Daihatsu Charade car has three cylinder engines. Even many four cylinder cars engines cannot compare to the smoothest of a V8 or V12 engine.

2. Even with a more refined well known brand like KDK, a reputable installer will often add pieces of weights (much like we do on a car’s tire during balancing).

2.1. Same here. After the installation of say a three fan blade fan, an installer often rotate the fan for a feel if were to add a specific weight to balance it.

3. In theory more blades often means smoother rotations and better wind circulation and less wind vortexes.

4. Many advanced helicopters make use of as many blades as possible.. both for sound dampening as well as smoothness and more airflow for the buck.

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Case Study 3: Can I install a ceiling fan above our dining table?

1. In recent years, more and more people have installed a ceiling fan above their dining table.

2. Often also on my many Can or cannot buy reviews, some  potential sellers or re-sale homes have one directly above their dining table.

3. Is this a Feng Shui consideration?

4. Frankly, in my opinion, this has more to do with two areas:

[A.] Some degree of common sense
[B.] Past Taboos
[C.] "Bad mouthing"

[A.] Some degree of common sense

4.1 In the past, some people had the belief that food should not be cold or rather, one should consume warm food.

4.2 Thus turning on a fan at the dining table means that often, the food gets cold easily. Thus this can affect the health of family members.

[B.] Past Taboos

4.3 Taboo or belief that serving cold food = loss of wealth or poor financial health.

4.3.1 Frankly, if someone has a strong belief such as things like "poor health" and/or "loss of wealth". It may be hard to shake-off these doubts or beliefs for some of us.

4.3.2 The best approach is therefore to check with immediate family members if they have any concerns (real or unreal) if any.


[C.] "Bad mouthing"

4.4. Master, I installed the ceiling fan based on your advice that it is Okay.

4.5. But unfortunately, I am at a loss now and highly disturbed. This was because my mum, my sister-in-law, my aunties and many of my friends say the same thing: "Very inauspicious to install such a fan".

4.6. Please EXPLAIN!


4.7. An understanding response...


4.8 [Below] Another Query on this subject matter:-


5. Feng Shui is about Earth Luck!

6. Like the client's feeling.. "So hot how to eat" ... is based on another form of luck = Man or Human Luck! (Feeling good).

7. Another benefit is that good for air-circulation.

8. In modern times, not only do we have the AC fan. There is another inverter type of fan .. called DC fan.

9. DC fans were invented only very recently. And one good thing about it is that many models can also "suck air" upwards and circulate air towards the side... thus, air or wind is not blown down towards the food.... brillant right?

10. As mentioned, earlier.. as I mentioned, if one's mentality is: "Hey! None of your business! I like to do what I want.. this is my house not yours!" Then go ahead... install that fan.

11. But if one has doubts after installing it.... then do forget having the fan. Alternatively, why can't you don't turn on the fan.. during meals?

12. Oops! But if one is a believer of: " the centre mass is pressing against the dining table... no good right"... then why bother to install that fan?

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Case Study 4A: Alternate Current (AC} vs Direct Current (DC) fans? Any advantages of a DC fan?

These are some considerations:

1. AC fans have been around ever since electricity has been invented.

2. Generally, some find that DC fans costs more. Thus, in the long term; running costs are cheaper with a DC fan. Thus you do the maths.

3. AC fans can only spin one direction. Thus, the fan blades are optimized to "blow" wind downwards.

3.1. Here, DC fans have a distinct advantage. DC fans can be made to spin clockwise or anti-clockwise. Thus if so, instead of "blowing" wind downwards, it can also be made to "suck" air up to the ceiling. Thus especially if one has a high ceiling; the air can be sucked upwards without still feeling the wind blowing dowards.

4. Any difference with how many blades a fan should have?

4.1. Many ceiling fans have at least 3 blades. Did you notice that many standing fans have more than three blades?

4.2. This has more to do with common sense than Feng Shui. For example, stealth helicopters have many blades some even as many as 6 or more. The more blades, the "smoother" the air flow and noise level.

4.3. This is why, a fan with one blade or two blades often wobbles and makes lots of noise.

4.4. It is similar to a car. A car with 3 cylinders / pistons can make lots of noise. Or how often when a motorcycle pass a person and we can hear the loud sound.

4.5. Contrast this with a car that has 6 cylinders or even 8 cylinders. A modern V6 car will often be ultra quiet compared to a standard 4 cylinder car.



Case Study 4B: In theory, if a ceiling fan can suck up air instead of blowing it downwards, MAY cool more surface area.

1. For example, if the room has all glass windows.

2. When the fan blade is "reversed" to pull air-upwards.

3. The pulled air will flow from the ceiling downwards as shown in the illustration below:-


4. Although room with afternoon sun and glass windows become a green house effect.

5. Fortunately, glass dissipates heat much faster than a wall soaked with heat.

6. Please take note that all AC fans cannot reverse the fan blade flow from say clock-wise to anti-clock-wise. 

1196813763_dcceilingfana.png.eae7d3f17ea18f54e1ff1eeee5e07226.png7. However, not all DC fans have such a feature.

7.1. If you intend to buy a DC fan, please take note of the above.

8. Imagine also, if one is in the living room. By blowing air upwards, it may or may not work for you.

9. Anyway, if you can still use the normal method of fan circulation if this does not appeal to you...

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Case Study 5: On 23 December 2019 - Authorities issue safety advisory on 17 models of Elmark ceiling fans, products being recalled.

Source and credit: Todayonline https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/elmark-recalls-17-models-ceiling-fans-due-potential-safety-hazards-enterprise-singapore

SINGAPORE — Enterprise Singapore on Monday (Dec 23) warned consumers to stop using certain models of ceiling fans by Elmark Marketing, due to safety hazards such as possible electrocution.

Elmark, which distributes fans in Singapore and has a store in Ubi, is recalling the 17 models in question “with immediate effect”, Enterprise Singapore said in its statement.

Other potential safety hazards posed by the fans include the risk they may fall, cause lacerations and fire, the safety authority added.

While Enterprise Singapore has not received reports of injuries, consumers should exercise caution as these ceiling fans did not comply with its product safety requirements, it said.

Consumers should call or email Elmark for further details on exact recall instructions, including how to identify the model number of their products.

Ceiling fans are classified as controlled goods under the Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Regulations (CPSR), which means they must be tested to meet relevant safety standards and registered with the authority.

They can be advertised and sold here only when the product has been affixed with a safety mark.

Consumers should look out for this safety mark when purchasing household products, said the agency. They could also search through the Register of Controlled Goods to check if the product is one that is registered with Enterprise Singapore.

Anyone with ceiling fans is advised to contact the fan supplier for checks at least once every two years, not to install the fan on an unstable ceiling or wet and moist area, not to press down on the fan blades during cleaning and to clean them frequently with only warm water.

“Enterprise Singapore takes a serious view towards suppliers who do not comply with the requirements under CPSR and will not hesitate to take action against errant suppliers,” Enterprise Singapore said.

It added that anyone found guilty of supplying unregistered controlled goods is liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding S$10,000, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or both.

TODAY has reached out to Elmark for comments. Its ceiling fan models being recalled...


Source & Credit: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/elmark-recalls-17-models-ceiling-fans-due-potential-safety-hazards-enterprise-singapore



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Case Study 6: Okay thank you. We forgot to ask you about the placement of standing fans. Anywhere to avoid?

426674295_standingfan.png.d6b48001551fc70b4a8bbdf53b4b7c8d.pngNo specific to avoid.

As Feng Shui does not micro manage to the smallest thing






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Case Study 7: Recognising Stagnant Qi + any fan can help to reduce this


1. The illustrations show that often, it is better to place a wardrope at the corner of the bedroom furthest away from the bedroom door.

2. As this has more to do with air-flow into and out of the bedroom.

3. Natural air always follow the path of the lowest resistance which is an opening.

4. BUT, if one turns on a fan to circulate to all areas of the bedroom or turn on an air-con; then what I mentioned above is a non-issue.



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Case Study 8: "Cecil, Due to low ceiling, we have to cut out the false ceiling like this to install the ceiling fan. Is this ok? The yellow region is the false ceiling."

A7D33CD1-190D-45AC-9368-14C6244CBD1B.jpeg1. These false walls are non-load bearing. Thus scientifically no issue.

2. But what may matter if one has friends or family members make nasty comments that it is not good to say sleep below it since now the master bed is below a "beam". 

3. Then don't later ask me.. why 6 out of 10 people say no good. You say can. If so, then please don't ever install the fan.

4. Common sense: if there are gaps in the hole... may be happiness for several lizards... that's all.


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Case Study 9: Can I use a red coloured ceiling fan?

If you had engaged a Feng Shui Master, why not check with him/her.


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