A Peek into the History of the Electric Powered Ceiling Fan
It was way back in 1882 when Philip Diehl, who had designed the electric motor that was used in the first Singer sewing machines, adapted the motor to be used in a fan that was mounted on the ceiling, thus inventing the first ceiling fan that was electrically powered, which became an instant commercial hit. Diehl continued making improvements to his brainchild, one of them being a ceiling fan light kit, called the ‘Diehl Electrolier’, which he fixed onto the fan in order to compensate for the displacement of light fixtures due to the ceiling fan being installed.
By the time of World War I, instead of the two blades that they originally had, ceiling fans had begun to be manufactured with four blades. This resulted in the motors being used more efficiently, because the fan circulated more air, plus, the fan became much quieter too.