Haiku L Series Review: Smart Ceiling Fan Brings Luxury To Smart Home
Haiku L Series Smart Ceiling Fan
- Whisper quiet operation
- Smooth, elegant looks
- Completely automated operation with Haiku wall control
- Woosh feature is like an outdoor breeze in your living room
- Haiku Home app occasionally struggles to stay connected
- No support for IFTTT or HomeKit
- Plastic parts seem less than elegant to some people
The Haiku L Series ceiling fan is the newest fan in the 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 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.
Let’s dig a little deeper and see if this smart ceiling fan works as good as it looks.
- 1 Performance
- 2 Smart Home Integration
- 3 Connectivity
- 4 Value
- 5 Haiku Wall Control
- 6 Woosh
- 7 Senses When A Room Is Occupied
- 8 Keeps You Comfortable At Night
- 9 Smarter Cooling
- 10 Smarter Heating
- 11 Works With Smart Thermostats
- 12 Haiku Home App Control
- 13 Haiku Wall Control
- 14 Voice Control With Amazon Echo
- 15 Remote Control
- 16 Conventional Wall Switch
- 17 It’s Expensive
- 18 It’s Plastic
- 19 The Haiku Home App Is A Work In Progress
Haiku L Series Looks And Sounds Like Luxury
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.
No more nights lying awake in bed while your ceiling fan whines and shakes above you. The superior aerodynamics of the Haiku translate to more efficient airflow. Efficient airflow and light-weight parts combine to create quieter operation and less power consumption.
The fan is available in several different color schemes (see all available color schemes on Amazon). The center motor area can come in either black or white. The blades come in your choice of black, white, caramel, or cocoa.
Installing The L Series Ceiling Fan
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.
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.
What Makes It A Smart Fan?
Alright. On to the fun part! You’ve probably never had a smart ceiling fan before so you might be asking yourself, “what can a ‘smart’ ceiling fan do?”
Haiku Wall Control
Almost all of the Haiku’s smart features are part of Haiku Home’s SenseMe technology which is enabled by purchasing the Haiku wall control. The wall control has a built in thermostat, humidistat, and motion sensor. It uses the data collected from the sensors to help determine whether a room is occupied and what the current “feels like” temperature is in the room.
If you have multiple Haiku fans or Haiku lights in a single room, you can also use the wall control to link them together.
All the following features except for Woosh require the wall control.
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.
Senses When A Room Is Occupied
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.
Keeps You Comfortable At Night
Haiku’s 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.
During the steamy summer months, the smarter cooling feature can help reduce your air conditioning bill. The wall control senses temperature and humidity and SenseMe can use this data to calculate the optimal fan speed to keep you cool. This will allow you to set your thermostat a couple degrees higher and still feel comfortable.
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.
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
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.
Do I Need The Wall Control And WiFi Module?
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 Haiku Home app. You will also be able to enable voice control with Amazon Echo.
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.
Using The Haiku L Series Fan And Light
The fan has 8 different speeds and the light has 16 different brightness settings. There’s no pull-chain on this ceiling fan, so how do you operate it? Big Ass Fans has included several ways to control your Haiku fan and light so you can choose the one that is most convenient for you.
Haiku Home App Control
The fan and light can be controlled using your mobile phone if you purchase a package that includes the WiFi module. The module connects your fan to your home WiFi router. The Haiku Home app is free and is available for Android or iOS. You will be able to use the app to:
- Turn the fan on/off and adjust the speed
- Turn the light on/off and adjust the brightness
- Use the Woosh feature
- Set up schedules to control these functions
I wouldn’t plan on using the app as your main fan controller. The purpose of the app is to program the necessary schedule and settings. Then use one of the other methods for the day to day to control.
Haiku Wall Control
The coolest way to control the fan is to do nothing at all. The Haiku wall control’s motion sensor will automatically turn the fan and light on or off when you enter or leave the room.
In addition to enabling the fancy smart features, the wall control is also a wall mounted control. You can use it to turn the fan and light on or off and adjust the fan speed and light intensity.
Voice Control With Amazon Echo
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.
Here are a few of the currently available commands:
“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.
For more 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.
Conventional Wall Switch
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.
Where To Buy The Haiku L Series?
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 WiFi module for no extra charge.
I recommend purchasing from Amazon if you want to buy the fan and the WiFi module but not the wall control.
I recommend buying from the manufacturer if you want to buy the whole package (fan, WiFi module, and wall control). You may also be able to negotiate a discount if you plan to buy multiple units.
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.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, you may want to take a look at the Hunter Signal and Hunter Symphony connected ceiling fans. They are both Apple HomeKit compatible. Early reviews praise the fans’ quality but don’t have much good to say about the app.
The blades and motor housing are made of plastic. It’s lightweight and durable and it still looks nice. But, for some people, it’s not what they’re expecting when they buy a premium product like this.
Even though most people consider these L series fans expensive, they are actually Haiku’s “economy” model. They also make what I would call “artisan” fans. If you prefer the shine of polished aluminum or the charm of a wood grain finish you’ll have to look at the more expensive Luxe Series, H Series, and I series fans.
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.
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 outstanding. The motor, the blades, the look, and the sound (or lack thereof) are all top of the line and befitting of a luxury fan.
I don’t believe there’s anything else like it on the market right now. So, if you like what you see, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If you are willing to fork over the cash, you can expect to get an amazing ceiling fan.
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!