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BLDC Ceiling Fan Circuit for Power Saving

BLDC Ceiling Fan Circuit for Power Saving

Within the next few years we may find all conventional capacitor-start type of ceiling fans getting replaced with BLDC ceiling fan circuits, since the concept allows the operation to be extremely efficient and save power by more than 50%.

Replacing Capacitor Start Fan with BLDC Fan

Just as the traditional incandescent lamps today are almost replaced with the much efficient LED lamps, it's now time for the ceiling fans to become smarter and more efficient.



In fact making a BLDC based ceiling fan circuit may be much easier than a capacitor-start type of fan, and could be done by even by an ordinary hobbyist having basic knowledge of electronics.

What you will Need

To achieve this, you may have to acquire or make the following modules:

1) A BLDC controller circuit.
2) An SMPS for powering the BLDC controller circuit
3) An appropriately matched BLDC motor.
4) propeller or blade fitting for the motor.

Main Specifications

The BLDC controller specs can be selected as per the available BLDC motor's specs, for example if you find it comfortable procuring a 220V or 310V BLDC you could probably go for a controller design having matching specs, such as the following circuit which was posted sometime back in this website.

Compact 3-Phase IGBT Driver IC STGIPN3H60

On the other hand if a lower rated BLDC motor in the range of 12V to 50V looks easier to obtain, one could think of selecting the following alternative design, which was also posted recently in this website:

50V 3-Phase BLDC Motor Driver Circuit

Since acquiring a 24V BLDC motor appears to be much easier than a 220V counterpart due to its easy availability in the market, we'll discus the proposed BLDC ceiling fan circuit using a 24V BLDC motor.
Let's assume we select a 24V 2 Amp BLDC for our ceiling fan, as shown in the following example, make sure it includes sensors with it:

To control this motor and apply it like a ceiling fan, we can use the 50V driver circuit link as indicated in the previous paragraph, and modify the attached diagram to suit the ceiling fan control parameters, as indicated below:

Circuit Diagram

The diagram looks pretty straightforward, and you just need to connect the parts as displayed in the diagram, using a well designed PCB.

The 10K pot serves as the speed control knob for the ceiling fan. 

Parts List

  • C1 = 100 µF
  • C2 = 100 nF
  • C3 = 220 nF
  • CBOOT = 220 nF
  • COFF = 1 nF
  • CPUL = 10 nF
  • CREF1 = 33 nF
  • CREF2 = 100 nF
  • CEN = 5.6 nF
  • CP = 10 nF
  • D1 = 1N4148
  • D2 = 1N4148
  • Opamp = IC 741
  • R1 = 5.6 K
  • R2 = 1.8 K
  • R3 = 4.7 K
  • R4 = 1 M
  • RDD = 1 K
  • REN = 100 K
  • RP = 100
  • RSENSE = 0.3
  • ROFF = 33 K
  • RPUL = 47 K
  • RH1, RH2, RH3 = 10 K

Power Supply:

From the above shown BLDC ceiling fan controller circuit, we can understand that the circuit will require a DC power for operating, and this may be fulfilled through any standard SMPS unit, the best example being your laptop charger which can be effectively used for operating the proposed 24V BLDC motor, through the given controller circuit.

In case you decide building the SMPS yourself, you could perhaps try the concept explained in this 12V, 2 amp SMPS circuit.

Here the secondary winding ratio could be suitably doubled for getting the required 24V instead of the specified 12V in the design.



For the 5V supply you can use a 7805 IC based stage, and achieve the 5V requirement for the BLDC controller card.

Conclusion

The main objective of using a BLDC fan is to implement a capacitor less motor (or brushless motor) where the rotor does not carry any winding, which in turn ensures virtually zero friction and therefore extremely high efficiency compared to the normal capacitor type ceiling fan units. You can use any BLDC for that matter, and power the DC circuit and the motor with an SMPS. However it must be noted that motors rated with higher voltage will give higher efficiency for this particular application.

This concludes the explanation regarding the making of a simple BLDC ceiling fan circuit, if you have any related doubts let me know through your valuable comments.

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About the Author

I am an electronic engineer (dipIETE ), hobbyist, inventor, schematic/PCB designer, manufacturer. I am also the founder of the website: https://www.homemade-circuits.com/, where I love sharing my innovative circuit ideas and tutorials. If you have any circuit related query, you may interact through comments, I'll be most happy to help!



12 thoughts on “BLDC Ceiling Fan Circuit for Power Saving”



  1. Hi Swag, Good Day!!

    I am interested in innovative ideas and predominantly focusing more on the eco-friendly environment. This article is quite useful to get the basic knowledge on the bldc motor control circuit for ceiling fan. However, it would be really helpful, if you could enhance the circuit to include the speed control and is there any efficient way to reduce the power consumption. Thanks

    • Thanks Manikandan, The 10K pot at top right of the schematic is for controlling speed of the motor. All BLDC drivers will essentially have a feature for the speed control.

  2. hi swag.please help me about all kinds of motor winding calculation,any kind that has windings.transformer and designing to desired wattages.i watched you tube,searched in any way,but i can’t find a solid foundation that i can rely on.and if you are willing to show an example of winding diagram,please do so.hope you can have one.thanx.more tutorials.

  3. I want to fit a gsm based circuit in my two wheeler to trace the location.So asimple circuit diagram may please be provided.Thanks

    • sorry, this kind of circuits are never simple. If you are a newcomer then I would recommend buying it readymade which will provide you the results quickly and with minimum efforts.

  4. Sir,
    From the figure of BLDC motor, the shaft seems to be 1 inch thick. Are there suitable fan blades commercially available . Or how the fan blades can be suitably fixed for domestic use can be explained

    • Premila, there are many different types of BLDc motor available in the market from different companies, you can chose the one which suits your requirement, alternatively you can get an external attachment fabricated for the shaft, as per your specific needs..



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