How to Program the LED Message Display on a Fan

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How to Program the LED Message Display on a Fan
You can program the LED message display on a fan. (colurful fan lights#1 image by Warren Millar from

Would you like to see your name in lights? How about from light-emitting diodes (LEDs) spinning on a handheld fan's blades? LED message fans are popular novelty items that are often given out as corporate gifts, displaying a company's name or slogan while wafting a soothing breeze. The battery-operated fan's plastic blades have LEDs mounted on them, and while spinning, they flash on and off in a pattern that displays as letters and numbers. Fans given away as corporate promotions are often made with a single, unchangeable message. But if you have a programmable model, you can express yourself by inputting a personal message, and change it any time you like.

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  1. 1

    Turn on the fan by pressing the power button. On the other side are three buttons for programming messages.

  2. 2

    Press and hold the centre programming button for a few seconds, and then the LEDs will display a flashing cursor.

  3. 3

    Press the top button to advance through the alphabet. Press the centre button to enter the first letter. Continue this process to spell out your word or phrase.

  4. 4

    Press once past the letter "Z" to enter a space.

  5. 5

    Press the bottom button to pick characters such as periods, commas and exclamation marks, as well as numeric characters.

  6. 6

    Press the centre button for a few seconds to save your message.

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