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

Haiku L Series Smart Ceiling Fan

Haiku L Series Smart Ceiling Fan
8.25

Performance

10/10

    Smart Home Integration

    9/10

      Connectivity

      8/10

        Value

        8/10

          Pros

          • Whisper quiet operation
          • Smooth, elegant looks
          • Completely automated operation with Haiku wall control
          • Woosh feature is like an outdoor breeze in your living room

          Cons

          • 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.

          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.

          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.

          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.

          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.

          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.

          Smarter Cooling

          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.

          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. This integration allows you to 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.

          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.
          Amazon Echo with Haiku fan

          The Echo Friendly Haiku L Series Smart Fan Is Available On Amazon

          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.

          Remote Control

          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.

          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.

          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.

          It’s Plastic

          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.

          Shop For Haiku L Series 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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