Ceiling Fan Control

Depending on the model, ceiling fans from the Pepeo and aireRyder ranges can run in two directions. Add to that up to six fan speeds and a light kit with dimmable light. There are several possibilities to control the functions of a fan.


Ceiling fans with pull cord

The ceiling fans is switched on or off with the integrated pull cord, the fan speeds are also adjusted here. The lighting (if the fan has a light kit) is controlled with a second pull cord. This type of method has been proved and tested for many years, and continues to be a popular option even today. Pull cords add an authentic flair to the fan which is perfect for devices with an antique design. Most cords feature a chic metal locket or wooden element at the bottom that users will pull on.

A ceiling fan with pull cords is controlled manually. By using an extension chain it is also possible to use this type of fan in rooms with high ceilings. Pull cords have one advantage over a remote control: You cannot lose them. In case of damage the chains can be replaced easily and most importantly, they are low priced. Usually, it is possible to add a remote control or wall controller to the fan with pull cord if necessary.

Conventional ceiling fan pull cords

Ceiling fans with remote control

Slim, light and manageable: Pepeo remote control for your ceiling fan

Ceiling fans with a radio remote control bring more convenience. The rotation speed, running speed and light kit can be operated without any physical effort. Simply adjust air circulation from the comfort of your favourite chair.

A remote control set consists of two components: The transmitter sends the radio signal. It is battery-driven and held in the hand (“visible” part of the remote control kit). The receiver unit passes the signal on to the motor. The receiver is mounted either directly underneath the ceiling mount of the fan or inside the fan housing. The handset can be stored in a wall bracket upon leaving the room. This ensures the remote control is always found at the same place and cannot get lost.

Different codings can be entered on the Pepeo remote control and can be used for up to 16 fans. The devices can be used with a single transmitter at the same time. For spacious areas like restaurants or storage facilities, this means enormous time savings.

In order to prevent any potential overlapping of the radio frequencies with other devices, for example a stereo system, the frequencies can be adjusted manually on the remote kit. As a precautionary measure the power supply to the ceiling fan should be cut off on the fuse box. In the battery compartment of the transmitter there are four tiny DIP switches. They can be adjusted to any combination either by hand or by using a screwdriver if the switches are too hard to reach. The same settings are put in on the remote control receiver.

The normal Pepeo radio remote control is not only suitable for the same brand, but also for Westinghouse and Hunter ceiling fans. The “universal” model is compatible with almost all of the most common ceiling fan brands. Both Pepeo remote controls feature three rotation speeds, and light dimming (only on/off for low-energy bulbs). Your regular light switch can stay in place and still operate as it used to after your fan with remote control has been installed. Pepeo remote controls are also suitable for fans without lights and fans with energy-saving lamps. Dimming is not possible for all energy-saving lamps. If the feature is available, like it is in case of the Pepeo Raja DC fan, the technical specifications explicitly describe the function.

Fans with direct current motor reach up to 6 different rotation speeds. They are not supplied with one of the basic Pepeo remotes, but with a special remote kit that is compatible with the DC technology. For example, Pepeo uses a chic infrared transmitter for the Raja and Bayu models. It controls the fan speed, the colour temperature and intensity of the light as well as the fan’s running direction.

The Pepeo energy-saving LED ceiling fan

Ceiling fans with wall controller

Wall controllers from the Pepeo range comply with safety standards.

Using fans with a wall controller is convenient and safe. Rotation speed and lighting – if applicable – are operated like a standard light switch. The rotation speed is controlled on 4 settings without any buzzing noise.

Wall controllers for ceiling fans are installed instead of a regular light switch, even if the fan itself does not have a light kit. Select the appropriate
Pepeo wall controller without light for fans without light fitting. If you do have a fan with lights combine it with the Pepeo wall controller with light. You can also choose the latter if you plan to add a light kit to your fan at a later point in time. There are only minor differences in the installation of both controller units.

Careful: Cut off the power! To ensure safety, the installation should be done by a licensed

Installation wall controller without light:

Behind your normal light switch there is a conductor and a neutral wire. Disconnect these cable from the light switch and connect them to the entry points on the back of the new wall controller. The cables are fixed into their positions with screws. The new controller is now inserted into the opening in the wall and bolted down.

Installation wall controller with light:

You need two conductors and one neutral wire. The old light switch is removed. On the new controller unit all openings for power supply, light and fan are labelled clearly. Insert each cable and secure them properly. The screws are already pre-installed on your new wall controller.

The wall controllers in our range are suitable for fans with a maximum motor wattage of 150W, lighting has a maximum value of 400 Watts. The entire housing and front cover is made of robust white plastic. The controller is a subtle, unobtrusive addition to the wall and easy to clean.

Surface-mounted wall controllers are mounted on the wall. This solution is very straightforward and easy to install. Flush-mounted controllers are inserted into the wall and then plastered. It is also possible to insert them into standard existing in-wall sockets (single). Flush-mounted controllers are not as protruding as on-wall models. Their installation is recommended during early stages of construction if a house is being built.

Most ceiling fans are unable for a combination of use with wall controller and remote control. They can only function with one of the units.


If you are already in the possession of a codeable remote control or another control unit, opt for one of our models that do not have a controller. Otherwise an additional control unit must be added to the order. Or you simply go for a package that supplies your preferred type of control in the box.

The decorative Santa Pepeo ceiling is also available without control.

Manual reversing switch on the fan

The reverse switch on the housing of the fan is marked with arrows.

The running direction of the ceiling fan can be adjusted with a manual slide switch on the housing if the remote control does not have this feature. You can choose between a summer and winter setting (forward and reverse function). In the summer the fan moves air and provides pleasant cooling. In the winter the ceiling fan will recirculate heat until cold spots at floor level have been eliminated and the indoor temperature is even. The change of the fan’s running direction is an important feature that helps to reduce heating costs.

The reversing switch does not operate the start-up, lighting or rotation speed of the fan. These features are controlled with one of the control units.