I have but with no real success. The fans are just noisier the smaller they get
Relaxing, any update on these fans? I just received two of them today and plan on installing them. Good/bad?Well, I ordered 4 of these for $5 each, we'll see how long the bearings on them last.
Scythe "Mini Kaze" 40mm Silent Mini Fan
Fan Noise: 14.00dBA
awbowden,Well, I installed them. The airflow is definately lower than the original fans but I don't know if that will have much long term impact. The reduced noise is a definate plus.
As stated earlier they are a straight swap and only the mounting holes need to be drilled out.
I'd be weary of threads like that. just because the fixture works, does not mean you aren't reducing the life of your bulbs and ballasts by allowing them to run hot. Also ambient room temperature may play a part, so a cool Northern basement might get away with no fans, while a Southern kitchen may not. Keep in mind that T5HO fixtures designed without fans, are better heat sinked to radiate heat out the top of the hood, while PCF fixtures do not heat sink as since they are designed to depend on their fan air flow to exhaust the heat away from electrical components.I saw a thread somewhere where they just pulled the fans out and did away with them altogether with no noticeable long term effects.
Point taken. Based on the temp of my fixture, I don't think the fan is doing all that much to help with the temp. I personally think that the aluminum housing does more for heat dissapation then the stock fan in the unit.I'd be weary of threads like that.