Controlling Your Ceiling Fan

Ceiling Fan Remote Controls

Controllers That We Stock

We stock a range of top quality remote controls including universal remote controllers that will work with any fan not just the ones that we sell.  Most people prefer to use a remote rather than a wall control although we do stock those as well.  We stock controls manufactured by Hunter, Lucci and Casa.  These are all high quality reliable controllers that work with batteries and on either infra-red or radio-frequency.  The best one that we sell is our own which only works with the Zephyr fan.  This is a 3G based device that is more reliable.

Selecting A Ceiling Fan Remote Control

Once you have decided on which ceiling fan to buy the next thing is to decide how you want to control it. Having to stand up and pull a cord every time you want to alter the speed or turn it on or off can be a pain. There are four ways to control a ceiling fan: Use a remote control, a wall control, a pull chain or the main light switch.

1. Main light switch control – Wiring the fan into the live from the wall switch to the room light means that as soon as you turn the light on the fan will come on. This is fine but what about winter when you don’t want the fan on?

2. Pull chain control – Most fans will come with a pull chain that is attached to the fan motor. This will also have the 3-speed control settings that will cycle through as you pull the chain repeatedly.

3. Wall control – This will enable you to separately control the fan speed from the wall and to turn the fan on and off from the wall. In addition you can control any light on the fan so long as you have an additional live wire (termed “switched live”) running to the ceiling fan. This may require a lot of extra work and cost depending on the construction of your walls and the location of the fan.

4. Remote control – Remote controls are easy to install as there are only two components: a receiver which sits inside the canopy wherein lies the hanging kit and the handheld remote control itself. On installation ensure that the small DIP switches on the receiver and controller are set to be the same. The power including the switched live now all pass through the reciever enabling control to be passed to the RF remote. The speed and light can be controlled from the remote.


5. Temperature control – For temperature control use our FNK Advance Control which enables you to set a temperature to turn the fan on and another one to turn it off all automatically like your central heating system.

6. Timer control –  To put your fan on a timer use our FNK Advance Control.   It can also give a turn off after so many minutes.   The MrKen Variable speed control is an amazing control that not only does a timer but a sleep function so that the speed is gradually reduced to 50% for a comfortable night’s sleep.  It is infinitely variable and works on AC fans overcoming the usual 3-speed limitation of AC fans.

7. Controlling multiple fans with one control – This is simple to do by setting the DIP switches of all the receivers to be on the same setting or channel as the remote. You thus don’t need to buy multiple remotes only multiple receivers which we sell on their own.  Beware that some other household electronics may use the same frequency so you might find that the fan operates when you turn on your hi-fi system!  This is easily remedied by selecting an alternative channel.

8. DC ceiling fans – These can only ever be controlled by remotes due to the way the voltage works.  The on/off can be on a regular wall switch but the speed and reversing swtiches have to be controlled by a hand held remote.  The term DC ceiling fan is a bit misleading since they are fed with mains 240v power but then the controller converts it into DC voltage using a transformer so that all the benefits of DC controllability are gained before the power is converted back into AC voltage to be fed to the motor.

Control Installation Tips

Full instructions for installing your receiver can be found on the relevant product pages should you mislay them.  Also make sure you don’t use the original lighting pull cord as this could damage the receiver when pulled or can set the fan out of kilter limiting its speed. We normally recommend cutting the pull-chain short so that it is only ever used for resetting the fan control or if the remote is not working for any reason.