Hey Lifehacker, Why is the fastest speed on my ceiling fan "1", while the slowest is "5"? Shouldn't it be the other way round? What gives? Thanks, Fan Of Fans
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I must confess I'd not noticed this phenomena until you pointed it out to me. I just checked the fan in my lounge room and it does indeed use its numerical speeds in reverse. (i.e. — "1" is the fastest setting and "3" is the slowest.)
However, the ceiling fan in my bedroom uses a more conventional numbering system, with "5" being the fastest. Rather than an industry-wide practice, it seems to depend on the manufacturer and fan model. This still doesn't explain why, however.
We posed your question to a ceiling fans manager at Bunnings Warehouse in Alexandria, NSW. According to the representative we spoke to, the quirk could have something to do with the remotes being manufactured in foreign countries that are unfamiliar with Western numbering systems. He freely admitted that this was just a guess though.
Other possible explanations could be user convenience (i.e. — most people prefer the fastest setting which appears on the dial first), the perception of "1" being first/best or simply improper wiring. Or maybe fan manufacturers are just bonkers.
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