Hunter Ceiling Fan Extension, Drop or Down Rods
Drop rods are often called extension or down rods. They are important as they bring the ceiling fan down to the correct height and also to look good. The correct and most efficient operation which is about 8ft/2.5m height above floor level. The length of the drop rod will be determined by the ceiling type, it’s height and the drop of the fan. If your ceiling is above 8ft then the use the sizing guide below to see what length of drop rod is needed. NB: If your ceiling is lower than 8ft then use a flush mounted ceiling fan instead of the short drop rod that usually accompanies most ceiling fans.
Wobbling Ceiling Fans
If the fan blades and motor are properly balanced then there should be no wobble even with a very long 72″/183cm drop rod – again it is not uncommon to see wobbling fans even with short drop rods! Fans placed near the top of a high ceiling where no drop rods have been used – as seems to be the case in many large retail outlets and airports – are achieving nothing and a pointless waste of money.
Hunter has designed a patented trilobular mounting system to ensure a perfect wobble-free operation even for very long drop rods. Genuine Hunter drop rods also use proper locking pins and set screws (which come with the ceiling fan small drop rod) to ensure safe lifelong operation – beware of unsafe cheap copies!
Drop Rod Wiring
The 3 wires carrying power and control signal (if you are using a wall control) to the fan (and a forth black wire for the light if used) are carried within the drop rod so beware that they will need extending if you use a drop rod longer than 24″, extension wiring looms are not available and not included. These will need to be connected using standard electrical connectors eg Wago. A small number of Hunter models require a thread at both ends of the drop rod which is specified in detailed image above or call our office to double-check.
We keep stock of the most popular sizes and finishes and smaller numbers of the larger ones in limited finishes. With so many permutations please call our office for availability on the size and finish that you need before ordering.
- Brushed nickel
- Bright brass
- Antique brass
- Bronze (new/patina)
- White outdoor
- Aluminium outdoor
Note: Drop rods 36″/61cm and over in length – Due to the high handling and shipping costs these sizes are only available as a special orders. This means that they cannot be returned unless delivered damaged.