You will find that radio and infrared remote controls are often already included in the delivery of Pepeo and aireRyder ceiling fans. The set always consists of a transmitter handset and a receiver unit that is connected to the ceiling fan itself.Contents:
The ceiling fan with pull cords is a solid basic model, however a remote control adds convenience to the entire user experience. A remote control allows you to operate the fan from any position in the room, even when you are comfortably sitting on the couch. In case of a ceiling fan with pull cord it could happen that short people might need to climb on top of a chair to reach the switch. If the rotation speed of the fan is too high, you would have to get up and walk over to the fan to change the settings. After coming home from a long day at work, making your way to the wall controller or pull cord might be a source of irritation. Apart from enhancing user-friendliness, a remote control allows you to dim the light and change the fan speed.
Many ceiling fans already include a remote control. Actually, it is a remote control set, because there are two parts to it: a transmitter and a receiver. A radio or infrared signal is communicated from the handset to the receiver unit inside the fan housing. The technical specifications show if a remote option is supplied in the box. A remote control can also be retrofitted at a later point of time. To name an example, at Pepeo we offer a universal ceiling fan remote control that is compatible with any brand. The only thing to look out for is whether the fan itself is suitable for use with a remote control. The next chapter will get into detail about the installation of the control.
All work relating to installation, cleaning and maintenance on the ceiling fan should generally be done with the power supply cut off. Shut off the power supply in the room on the fuse box. After the work has been finished, turn the power on again and try out all ceiling fan features.
The remote receiver fits snugly underneath the canopy of the ceiling fan – the covert hat hides the ceiling bracket and cable connections. Gently insert the receiver into the ceiling bracket on top of the down rod. Some receivers are already equipped with plugs. Otherwise you can use so-called lustre terminals to connect the receiver with the wires from the ceiling on one side and the wires of the fan on the other side. Coloured markings on the wires will tell you which side belongs where. The manual of the remote control and ceiling fan respectively feature a wiring diagram. Screw the canopy and ceiling bracket together and make sure that all wires underneath are covered.
Now, the handset requires batteries and the light switch in the room must be turned on (power on) in order that the ceiling fan can react to any signal coming from the remote control. This is the right time to go back to the fuse box and allow for the power supply to come back. The light of the fan can always be operated independently from the fan speeds. It is also possible to change the running direction of the fan to a winter setting (reverse function). For use in big, open plan offices we recommend a central storage box for the ceiling fan remote. This could be a bracket on the wall that holds the handset, or a tray near the fan. It is sufficient to clean the remote with a slightly damp cloth every now and then. If the remote gets damaged or lost, Pepeo offers spare parts for your ceiling fan.
In a living room, many electric appliances are remote controlled, the TV, the stereo system and now the ceiling fan. It is recommended to assign a unique radio frequency to the ceiling fan to prevent the signals from interfering with each other. The first step is to open the battery compartment on the transmitter. Behind the battery you will find four tiny DIP switches with two adjustable positions each. Set all switches to a combination that has not been used yet and keep it mind, note it down or take picture if you need. The same combination of DIP switches pointing up and down must be adjusted inside the remote control receiver as well. In case of some pre-installed remote receivers, pushing the Set button on the handset after changing frequencies will do the same.
➲ Several ceiling fans with the same frequency can be operated with a single handset. This synchronicity comes in very handy in spacious areas, e.g. restaurants or storage facilities, because it saves time and effort.