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Heads up, Haiku: Hunter's HomeKit ceiling fan is here

The Signal is a smart ceiling fan designed to work with Apple HomeKit -- which means you'll be able to ask Siri to turn it on and off.

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The Hunter Signal smart ceiling fan, available now.


Seven months after its CES debut, the first of Hunter's Apple-friendly smart ceiling fans is now available for purchase. Called 'The Signal,' the fan sells for $379, and offers full compatibility with Apple HomeKit, the company's iOS-based smart home platform.

With Apple HomeKit, you'll be able to control the fan and its built-in light remotely on your iOS device alongside other HomeKit-compatible gadgets in Apple's Home app. You'll also be able to automate the fan using HomeKit's "scenes." For instance, a "bedtime" scene could dim the lights and turn the fan to low, while a "goodbye" scene could turn the fan and the lights off altogether. You can trigger those scenes in the Home app -- or by asking Siri to do it.

That puts this smart fan right up against the Haiku L Series fan from Big Ass Solutions, which costs $450. Though it doesn't work with HomeKit, the Haiku fan offers similar smart functionality, and syncs up with Amazon's Alexa to bring voice controls into the picture.

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The Signal comes in brown and black wood finishes, each accented with stainless steel trim. You'll be able to find it online at Amazon, Lowe's, and Home Depot. Another HomeKit-compatible model called 'The Symphony' is due out later this year -- it's a simpler design that ditches the wood and costs a bit less at $329.

We've already tested out a few Haiku models in the CNET Smart Home, so we're eager to see how well the Signal works in comparison, especially given that it's a more affordable option. We'll let you know all about it just as soon as we get one installed.