My question is whether using the fan on 230V50Hz(using a transformer) would negatively impact the fan. -Would the motor burn out? Shorten the motor life? -Alot of extra heat generated?
Burn out? Probably not. Shorter Motor Life? Probably Extra Heat? Yes!
What is so special about this fan? You can probably find local version that is designed for the local power supply and not risking burning down the building you and your family live in, by kludging some together.
#166528 - 07/23/0708:03 AMRe: Running a 110V60HZ ceiling Fan on 230V50HZ
A 60 Hz system is a lot more efficient than a 50 Hz system, hence extra heating is an issue in a motor designed for 60 Hz running on 50 Hz. The 60 hz motor will have generally less iron, because of the better efficiency. A possibility is to use a 230 / 92 Volts transformer, ( 110 * 5/6 = 92.5 ) The fan speed will be less, 5/6 of the normal running speed. The starting torque will also be reduced and it will take longer for the fan to get up to speed.
Otherwise get a European fan as already suggested.
The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.
Early frequency choices seem to have been the result of Westinghouse/Tesla choosing 60hz to suit existing steam engines and AEG in Germany being conservative [or bloody minded?] and using 3000 rpm for their engine speed. Niagara went 25hz because the turbines were already bought. Purely arbitrary choices it would seem, in fact there were / are dozens of other frequencies in use. Many can’t be changed because of the equipment base [ amounts in use]. 50hz is said to slightly more efficient for transmission over distance than 60hz. Not sure if 60hz is more efficient in an actual motor, but hardly likely to be by a great amount. Be nice to see some math.
Surge; Ask around in Singapore with a pic, chances are the Chinese have already copied the design for Europe and are knocking them out for $5!
Last edited by Alan Belson; 07/26/0705:53 AM. Reason: spelin