Haiku L Series Review: Smart Ceiling Fan Brings Luxury To Smart Home

Do you like luxury? Of course you do, and so do the folks at Big Ass Solutions (yes, that is the actual company name). The Haiku L Series ceiling fan is the newest fan in their Haiku Home line of smart devices for homes. It’s an industry leader in noise level, efficiency, and style. It’s also the first ceiling fan with built-in WiFi connectivity which effectively makes it the first smart ceiling fan.

Haiku L Series Overview

  • Control your fan with your voice using Amazon Echo.
  • Connect your Haiku to a smart thermostat for enhanced energy savings and control.
  • Use Woosh mode to simulate a gentle breeze right in your living room.
  • Add a Haiku Wall control and watch your ceiling fan and light automatically turn on/off as you enter/leave the room.
  • The L Series exceeds current energy use standards by 4X.

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Let’s dig a little deeper and see if this smart ceiling fan works as good as it looks.

Look And Feel

You don’t have to check the price of the Haiku L Series to realize that it’s a luxury item. Just take one look at it and it screams elegance. The smooth curves of the Haiku’s blades slice through the air swiftly and silently and look great doing it.

The competition’s blades are flat with 90-degree edges that do nothing for their aerodynamics. They look like they are stamped out of a piece of particleboard and probably are. They are no match for the Haiku.

No more nights lying awake in bed while your ceiling fan whines and shakes above you. The superior aerodynamics of the Haiku translates to more efficient airflow. More efficient airflow translates to quieter operation and less power consumption.

Image Credit: Big Ass Fans

Image Credit: Big Ass Fans

Many ceiling fans tip the scales in excess of 20 lbs. The Haiku weighs in at a lean 11 lbs.

The blades are lighter so they create less stress on bearings.  Again, this contributes to the virtually silent operation of the fan as well as the low power usage.

The Haiku L Series is available in several different color schemes. The center motor area can come in either black or white. The blades come in your choice of black, white, caramel, or cocoa.

See The Haiku L Series Smart Ceiling Fan On Amazon For Available Color Options

Haiku L Series Features

Alright. On to the fun part! You’ve probably never had a smart ceiling fan before so you’re probably asking yourself, “what can a ‘smart’ ceiling fan do?”

Woosh

The Woosh setting is designed to simulate a gentle breeze flowing through your living room. You can use the app to set the maximum speed of the “breeze” and the Haiku will provide you with intermittent gusts of wind to keep you comfortable.

With any other fan, I could see this being impractical and annoying as the fan noisily ramps up its speed over and over. But, the quiet operation of the Haiku makes it possible and quite pleasant.

LED Light

The Haiku L Series comes with a built-in LED light fixture. Haiku Home also sells Haiku Lights which are the perfect complement to your Haiku fan.

The brightness of the fan light is rated at 988 lumens, which is comparable to a 60-watt incandescent bulb. It has 16 different brightness settings.

Don’t worry about ever having to replace the bulb, because it’s not replaceable. However, that shouldn’t be a problem because the light’s expected lifespan is 40 years.

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WiFi/Smart Control

The fan and light can be controlled using your mobile phone if you purchase a package that includes the WiFi module. The Haiku Home app is free and is available for Android or iOS.

Image Credit: Big Ass Fans

Image Credit: Big Ass Fans

You can also purchase the optional wall control which enables the Haiku Home SenseMe technology. This enables some automation features which are described in more detail below. It also allows the Haiku to integrate with Nest and Ecobee3 thermostats. There are no subscription fees to use the SenseMe technology.

Image Credit: Big Ass Fans

Haiku Wall Control

Remote Control

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Image Credit: Big Ass Fans

For conventional control of your luxury fan, the Haiku comes with a remote control.

The remote has buttons to control fan speed, lighting intensity, Woosh mode, sleep mode, and a timer.

It also comes with a mounting bracket that allows you to mount the remote on the wall.

For the “ultimate” in conventional control, you can still use a good, old-fashioned wall switch to turn your fan on and off.

You will still need the remote to set your initial settings. After that, the fan will remember the light intensity and fan speed settings when you switch it off. When you flip the switch back on, the fan will continue operating just as it was when you shut it off.

**Pay close attention to what the WiFi module and the wall control unit do because it isn’t explained very well in other places.**

What Does The WiFi Module Do?

Haiku Home App

If you buy the fan on Amazon it comes with a WiFi module (it does not if you buy from the manufacturer). The module is built into the fan. The module connects to your WiFi router so that you can control your fan using your mobile phone paired with the Haiku Home app. If you have the WiFi module, you will be able to use the app to:

  • turn the fan on and off and adjust the speed
  • turn the light on and off and adjust the brightness
  • set up schedules to control these functions
  • enable voice control for your fan using Amazon Echo

I’m not exactly sold on the usefulness of the app as a control device. If you want to turn the fan/light on in a given room, you will most likely be in that room. In most cases, it will be easiest to just grab the remote to turn things on/off. Consider the steps required to use the app:

  1. take out your phone and turn on the screen
  2. find the app icon and press it
  3. wait for the app to load
  4. navigate to whichever setting you wish to change and adjust it

Granted this is not very difficult. But, compared to the old way of just flipping a switch or turning a dial as you walk into the room, using the app doesn’t seem like much of an improvement.

With truly smart technology, interacting with my appliances should require even less thought than flipping a switch or turning that dial. Luckily, the Haiku gives you a couple other solutions for control that are a bit smarter.

Voice Control

As you can tell from above, I’m not a big fan of using the app as the main means to control the fan and light. Using your smartphone as a glorified remote control is both less convenient and less reliable than an actual remote control. I’m sure the folks at Haiku Home understood this which might be why they made the effort to make their product compatible with Amazon Echo.Amazon Echo with Haiku fan

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The Haiku with the WiFi module can be paired with the Amazon Echo for voice control. You can control both the fan speed and light intensity with several simple voice commands. If you have more than one fan, you can create groups of fans and name each group. Then, you can control them with commands such as:

“Alexa, turn Bedroom light on.”
“Alexa, set Garage fan to 50%.”
“Alexa, turn Living Room fan off.”

The full list of commands is available here.

What Does The Wall Control Do?

The wall control is what turns your connected fan into a smart fan.  It has a thermostat, humidistat and motion sensor built into it. If you put a wall control in each room that you have a Haiku fan, you will enable the SenseMe technology and all its cool features.

Sleep mode

Helps you stay comfortable at night by adjusting the fan speed while you sleep. You choose the temperature that makes you the most comfortable while sleeping, and the L Series will adjust its speed to keep it there.

Motion Sensors

Set up your fan and your lights to come on automatically when you enter the room. Then, after a set period of inactivity, the lights and fan will shut off. You can adjust the time it takes to shut off inside the app.

Smarter Cooling

During the steamy summer months, the smarter cooling feature can help reduce your A/C bill. The wall control senses temperature and humidity and SenseMe can use this data to calculate the optimal fan speed to keep you cool. The Haiku fan is an extremely efficient fan. It will always be cheaper to set the thermostat a few degrees higher and make up the difference with a cooling draft from your ceiling fan.

Smarter Heating

During heating periods, natural convection causes warm air to rise and leaves the lower parts of a room feeling much cooler than the air near the ceiling. The role of a ceiling fan is to push that warm air back down to where it can be felt by you. However, you don’t want the fan to be pushing the air so hard that it causes a draft because that will probably end up giving you the chills.

With other ceiling fans, the standard solution is to reverse the fan blades so that it is sucking air towards the ceiling during heating periods. This still has the desired effect of mixing up the air and it minimizes the chance that you will feel a draft.

The Haiku is not designed to work like this. The airfoil design of the blades is meant to operate only in one direction. The Haiku can achieve the same air mixing effect (destratification is the scientific word) operating in the forward direction without creating a draft. They even have a fancy Harvard study to back up their claims.

What smarter heating does is keep the fan at its slow “no draft” speed while you are in the room. Then it speeds up when you leave the room. This thoroughly mixes the air which helps save on heating costs.

Works With Smart Thermostats

The wall control allows your L Series to connect with Nest and Ecobee3 smart thermostats. So far, what it does is automate the smarter heating and smarter cooling features.

Here is an example:

Let’s say it’s summer time and your desired “feels like” temperature is 75F. Without a smart thermostat, you set your Haiku app to 75F. Then you walk over to your thermostat and raise the set point to 76F or 77F. The fan will provide the extra cooling necessary to make your 77F room feel like its 75.

With the smart thermostat, the step where you walk over to your thermostat is eliminated. Instead, the fan automatically tells the thermostat to raise the set point a bit. My initial concern was that the fan would just set the thermostat 5 degrees higher and crank itself up to high to make up the difference. If that were the case, you would be living in a perpetual windstorm during the summer. Thankfully, the maximum and minimum allowable fan speeds can be set in the app.

So, all you have to do is set your desired temperature and your max and min fans speeds. Haiku SenseMe will figure out the rest to save as much as possible on your energy costs.

Where To Buy Haiku L Series?

Read this carefully! I have seen several negative reviews on Amazon due to confusion about this topic.

The complete Haiku L Series Smart Fan system consists of 3 items: the ceiling fan itself, a WiFi module that installs on the fan, and the SenseMe wall control module that mounts on the wall in the room. It is not necessary to have all three.

1. If you buy only the fan, you will only be able to control the fan with the included remote. You will not be able to use the app, and there will be no temperature based controls or motion activated control. Basically, you will not have any smart features.

2. If you also buy the WiFi module, you now have a connected fan. You will be able to control your fan using the app. You would also be able to pair it with Amazon Echo. However, you would not have the temperature or motion controls.

3. Lastly, if you buy the SenseMe wall control, you will be able to set up automatic temperature and motion based controls. This will give you all the SenseMe features and turn your connected fan into a smart fan. In order for the wall control to work, the fan must also have a WiFi module installed.

When you buy this fan, you have two options. You can buy from a retail store like Amazon or you can buy directly from the manufacturer.

If you buy from Amazon, you will receive a package that includes the fan and the WiFi module but not the wall control.

If you buy from the manufacturer, you will receive only the fan. It will not include the WiFi module or the wall control.

The wall control is only sold by the manufacturer. When you order a wall control and specify that it is for a Haiku L Series, they will include a free WiFi module as well.

Installation

If you have installed a ceiling fan before, the Haiku L Series fan will be similar. It requires feats of strength that should be familiar to any homeowner with a DIY spirit.  Basic electrician skills and using a screwdriver while standing on a ladder are a couple things that come to mind.

The Haiku can be installed either indoor or outdoor. It can be installed in covered outdoor areas with temperatures ranging from -4 F to 122 F.

outdoor install of haiku fan

The L Series can be installed in covered outdoor areas. Image Source

For effective air circulation in indoor areas, the manufacturer suggests a maximum of a 15′ x 15′ room size. It can be installed on sloped ceilings up to 33-degree pitch.

The package includes down rods for 11.4 in or 16.4 in (measured from the ceiling to the lowest point of the fan). However, if you have extra tall ceilings and want some longer down rods, they are available to order from the manufacturer.

Drawbacks

It’s Expensive

The Haiku is clearly a luxury item and it’s priced like it. A nice, but considerably more modest ceiling fan can be purchased for one-fourth the price of a Haiku. Considering many homes could have upwards of 5 ceiling fans, the extra cost can add up in a hurry.

The Haiku Home App Is A Work In Progress

I have read a number of reports of people struggling with connectivity and stability when using the Android app. It appears that the original app was written for iOS and then converted to Android. Sometimes issues arise when converting which could be the source of the problems.

The wall control and SenseMe technology don’t seem to be suffering the same connectivity issues.

The good news is that software is something that can be updated relatively easily. It’s much much easier to fix a couple lines of code and push out an app update than it is to fix something that is physically faulty with the fan.

Limited Options

The available designs of the Haiku L Series are limited. It is only available in the 52″ size and the only color choices are white and black.

Update: The fan is now available with caramel and cocoa colored blades as well but they cost a bit more.

TheSmartCave Official Opinion

To me, Big Ass Solutions has done for the ceiling fan what Nest did for the thermostat. They took a boring product that had hardly changed in years and brought it screaming into the 21st century.

They are a fan company and they are really good at making fans. The hardware of the fan is amazing. The motor, the blades, the look, and the sound (or lack thereof) are all top of the line and befitting of a luxury fan. The smart features are neat and will only get better with time.

Its weakness is definitely the Haiku Home app. It’s not surprising because they are not a software company. The challenge of creating a stable user-friendly app seems to be a work in progress.

I personally would prefer to wait until there are some competitors in the market to hopefully bring the price down. However, I’m sure there are some people building new homes that don’t have the luxury of waiting. And, I know there are others who just love being the first to have these sorts of stylish, luxury items.

If you are willing to fork over the cash, you can expect to get an amazing ceiling fan.

See Haiku Home L Series Smart Ceiling Fan On Amazon

 

Do you have any experience with the Haiku L Series? Do you have any questions I didn’t answer? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be happy to respond!

Eric Blank

Eric Blank blogs about smart homes and other connected technology here at thesmartcave.com. He enjoys technology, sports, outdoors, and dabbles in the dark realm of politics. He dreams of someday living in a castle on an island but for now will settle for smalltown, USA.

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Carl - August 24, 2016 Reply

These are great, i am currently renovating my house, and these will look great. i like that you can have them connected via wifi, and the motion sensor capability. plus they carry a style and sophistication that you do not normally see in a ceiling fan. Cheers

Frederick B - August 24, 2016 Reply

I love Big Ass fans! The lowly ceiling fan was a long neglected item that needed some innovation. The Haiku seems like a really great model, I can’t afford one yet but it is definitely on my wish list.

Jamil - August 24, 2016 Reply

These big fans are so cool. I really like all the wi fi features. I have a friend that’s remodeling his home and I’ll definitely be turning him on to your website. Thanks for the great post! Do you think it’s better to order from the manufacturer or from Amazon?

    Eric Blank - August 24, 2016 Reply

    Well, if you are looking to buy both the fan and the wall control, it is currently cheaper to order it all from the manufacturer. However, if you just want to get the fan with the built-in WiFi unit, Amazon is a little cheaper right now.
    But, it’s probably best to check both places since prices do change especially on a product that is as new as this one.

Sharon Swanson - August 27, 2016 Reply

What a great review! These are such great looking fans. I love the idea of motion sensors. My family are always switching these on and forgetting to switch them off when they leave. How long do they remain ON for before switching themselves off?

Do they only come with 3 blades only or are there 4 blade models available also?

    Eric Blank - September 24, 2016 Reply

    Haiku fans are very energy efficient. They exceed energy efficiency standards by 450%. So even if you run your fan 100% of the time, the annual cost would only be $10-15. That said, the timer for the motion sensor is adjustable.
    The Haiku fans only come with 3 blades. If a blade is designed well aerodynamically, that is all that is needed.

Marian - August 28, 2016 Reply

The streamlined and fresh look of these fans is pretty impressive! But honestly, the fantastic features like being able to adjust humidity and temperature automatically with the wall unit is what sells them to me. We live in an area of the country where a ceiling fan in each room is the norm even with air conditioning. I see us investing in these in the very near future. Beautiful, functional, and life changing. Thanks for the in-depth review

    Eric Blank - September 24, 2016 Reply

    Keep in mind that the fan cannot actually adjust humidity or temperature. It does sense humidity and temperature if you have the wall control. It uses this information to adjust the fan speed. For example, if it senses that it is warmer or more humid than your preferred settings, it will increase the speed of the fan to cool you off. This wouldn’t change the air temperature or humidity but it would make you feel cooler.

maria - August 29, 2016 Reply

Beautiful fans with such options. Sense Me technology is quite innovative. I can see how this would save on both heating and cooling costs over time. I would put these fans in my house as they serve a good purpose and are great looking. Most ceiling fans seem inefficient and ugly. 3 blades is perfect for air flow and easier to keep clean.

Richard - October 24, 2016 Reply

How well does the L Series fan work on its lowest speed setting? My application is for the fan in a study where it is mounted close to my desk. I don’t want papers to be blowing around the desk.

    Eric Blank - October 24, 2016 Reply

    On its lowest speed, the L Series operates at 60 rpm. Assuming the surface of the desk is 4′-5′ below the fan, any draft should be barely noticeable.
    You may have heard that for winter operation, ceiling fans should be reversed during winter. The idea is that it’s the best way to mix the air without also causing a draft from the fan blowing directly on you. The makers of the L Series don’t recommend reversing it during winter because, at its lowest speeds, the Haiku is designed specifically to provide desirable air mixing effects without creating a draft.
    Hope this helps and thanks for reading!

Rajiv Santiago - November 22, 2016 Reply

great review! By far the most informative review of the Haiku 52L

Samk - December 6, 2016 Reply

Love that someone has finally put effort into a fan. But it’s idiotic that they sell the fan with the wall switch as an option. Who in their right mind wants to use an app or find a remote to turn the light on every time you walk into a room. They need to include the wall switch as standard. Oh, and their website is a confusing mess. That’s all.

    Eric Blank - December 6, 2016 Reply

    Sam, the fan comes with the remote and a remote holder that can be mounted on the wall. So if you want, you could mount the holder wherever you would normally have a wall switch. The separate (optional) wall control is required only if you want automated control of the fan. It includes sensors for motion and temperature which allow it automatically turn on/off when you enter/leave the room or control fan speed based on the temperature.

Raul Daza - January 10, 2017 Reply

I am planning to place them in an outdoor porch. I live in south Florida where it’s hot and humid pretty much all year long. My concrrn is how much air can it move or how much cooler can a patio feel on it’s highest setting. I have gobe through 3 different fand already and they don’t seem to do the work, this is the reason to consider a higher price range. All fans talk aboul air movement in CFPM, I do not see Hauku mention this anywhere, how can I compare them?

Thank you for the informative review.

    Eric Blank - January 10, 2017 Reply

    According to this link, the Haiku L Series puts out 5216 CFPM on its highest setting. How much you can feel the air movement will depend a lot on the height of the fan. If your porch ceiling is higher than 8 feet you may want to look into (if you haven’t already) using downrods.

Bill Blevins - January 29, 2017 Reply

HI The fans look amazing and covering a range of worthwhile control options. Using with Amazon Echo might be my choice does this require a higher bandwidth of wifi to accommodate this new device?
How long is the warranty period?
Does the manufacturer offer trade deals and if so what is minimum order number for Haiku L series
What is delivery time?
Thanks Bill

Bill Worden - February 8, 2017 Reply

I installed three of these in my new home. Two of them had a high speed wobble. Haiku was great about assessing and fixing the problem. One was caused by furniture creating uneven air currents. The other was cause by a warped air foil. They replaced the fan immediately. The only down side was because they balance them as a unit, they won’t just replace the airfoils the whole unit will be replaced.
We love them

    Eric Blank - February 8, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for your comment. Glad to hear BAF made it right.
    Did you purchase the wall control, too? What do you think of the Haiku Home app (here have been some complaints about the Android version)?

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