I really wanted to have a ceiling fan in the basement studio, but the ceiling is only 7.5′ high. I didn’t want to keep catching my light-stands on it every time I set up to do a portrait shoot. Therefore, I made a non-rotary, low-profile ceiling fan from six computer fans and a super-low-profile, high-output LED light. It’s only 4″ from the ceiling at the tip of the light dome. It’s not perfect, primarily due to the fact that I used scrap birch plywood and a Dremel to do most of the cutting; but it’s quiet, creates a noticeable breeze, and was built for less than the price of a cheap ceiling fan.
*edited 1/17/2014 – 1:50am
I got an email just now from someone needing more detail about this build. I hunted down some of the images I took of the build. Sorry, I really didn’t plan on this being an instruction guide. Maybe it will help those needing more info.
“The fan was a bit of a cludge using an old 6v wall wart stripped down to its invertor components and wired to a standard ceiling fan pull chain switch. I integrated the switch into the fan housing and ran the DC computer fans in parallel from that. It’s the way most single phase fan switches work anyhow. The lamp is an LED ceiling lamp from home depot that I drilled holes in for the switch pull chains. Otherwise it’s just mounted, like a normal ceiling light, to the bottom of the fan unit.”