Westinghouse, once a household name in ceiling fans, is back, with the same quality it was known for throughout the “golden age” of ceiling fans in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. But, the company just hasn't dusted off the old models. The Black Comet fan is a contemporary sleek design in matte black finish that will fit in any modern decor, in living rooms, great rooms, and large bedrooms.
The Westinghouse Black Comet ceiling fan is sized for a large room, with a 52-inch diameter, 5-blade fan at a very competitive price for the many features. The Black Comet has a matte black finish on the body and a marble-look black finish on the blades. The fan comes with an opal glass dome light with two 40-watt incandescent lamps. It has a reversible three-speed motor.
The kit includes a 4-inch down rod, but can be installed as a flush mount for lower ceilings. Optional down rods in graduated sizes are available for higher or angled ceilings, to install the fan at a 7-foot height above the floor with ceilings up to 16 feet.
The Westinghouse Black Comet fan sells at discount retailers and internet stores for about $100, which is a considerable savings over competitive models. But, this price does not include a remote control, sold separately for $40 to $60. If you don't need a remote, the fan itself is a good bargain, and still a good bargain with the remote added.
An installation instruction manual is included in the kit, but was not available on the Internet for review. But, as with all ceiling fan installations, do-it-yourself installers should have a helper and be familiar with electrical wiring and be able to ensure adequate structural support for the fan. Professional installation is recommended. If you add the optional remote control, the receiver electronics should be installed in the fan housing before installing the fan itself.
The Black Comet ceiling fan, built on decades of experience, is a stable platform, even though lighter than comparable models. The overall weight is less than 25 pounds. The motor body is cold-rolled steel, and the fan blades are wood. The fan includes a 25-year limited warranty, with a 20-year motor warranty. The sealed ball-bearing motor needs no lubrication.
The Westinghouse Black Comet ceiling fan can be a good bargain in a lighted large-room fan if you don't need a remote control or are willing to do a bit more assembly work to add one. The remote control could be added later, but requires removing the fan from its mounting and reinstalling.
Westinghouse is unique in offering a wide range of optional down rod sizes, so that you can place the fan at an optimum height regardless of the ceiling height. Westinghouse, in business since the late 19th century, is a respected name in electrical appliances and stands behind their products. Though the company is new to the 21st century ceiling fan scene, they have a long and successful history as one of the pioneers in quality ceiling fans.
You can buy the Westinghouse 7801665 Comet 52 Inch Ceiling Fan, Matte Black Finish at a fairly good price at Amazon. The last time I checked they were almost half-off.
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