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Somfy Remote Control Roller Blinds - Installation and Programming instructions

Remote Control Blinds are simple to install and programme. These instructions outline programming for roller blinds using Somfy battery powered, radio (RTS) operated motors. 230vAC, radio operated motors are identical in their programming, but require a slightly different proceedure for factory reset.

Instructions for installing the blinds themselves are available on the product page. The only additional steps that you need to take are the positioning of your battery and the programming of your blinds using the remote control hand set.

When you unpack your blind battery and remote handset, you’ll see that the battery comes with clip brackets which mean that it can be positioned near the blind. It's up to you whether you position it somewhere discrete, behind or above the blind. Once you have fitted the blind(s) and positioned the battery, it is time to program your remote to the blind(s). Here are some detailed written instructions. You can also watch our video playlist, below.

The video instructions above show installation of a roller blind incorporating a Louvolite open cassette, which is an optional finishing touch for our battery operated remote control blinds.

Please note: If you have more than one blind to program, you will need to unplug the batteries of every blind except the one that you are programming.

1. Motor Overview


The motor end of your remote control roller blind incorporates a small plug socket so that the battery lead can be plugged into the motor.

Next to the socket is a small reset button which can be used to reset the programming of the motor. If at any time you need to reset your motor programming, this button needs to be pressed with a paperclip, until the blind shunts twice or the LED button on the blind flashes.

2. Power to the motor

Connect battery pack then continue to step three.

3. Select the channel that you wish to programme the blind to.

If you are using a single channel control, then move to step 4.

If you are using a handset with more than one channel, then you will need to select the channel to which you want to programme this blind to.

4. Control the motor and the correct direction of rotation

On the remote handset, press and hold simultaneously the Up and Down button. The blind should double shunt.

Press and hold the down button, does the blind move down?

If yes - the blind moves down while pressing the down button go to step 6.

If no -  the blind moves up while pressing the down move to step 5.

5. Reverse the direction of rotation

To reverse the direction of the motor, press and hold the “MY” button until the blind double shunts.

Press and hold the Down button to test that the motor direction is correct. Continue to step 6.

6. Record the up limit position

Use the up button to move the blind until it reaches the position that you wish to be the upper limit.

Press and hold the “MY” and Down buttons until the blind starts to move down.

By pressing the "MY button", stop the blind at the desired down limit position (adjust with Up or Down if required).

7. Record the down limit position

Press and hold the “MY” and Up buttons until the blind starts to move up.

The blind will automatically stop at the upper limit position.

Press and hold the “MY” button until the double shunts to confirm the upper and lower limit settings.

8. Programming the Handset to the motor

Press the program button (usually on the back of the handset) - and the product double shunts. The blind is now programmed to the handset.

Tip: Use only use one handset throughout the commissioning procedure.

9. Setting the intermediate "my" position.

If you would like to set an intermediate position for the blind, say mid way between upper and lower limits. Tap the up or the down to operate the blind, using the MY button to stop the blind at the desired intermediate position. Then, press and hold the MY button until the blind double shunts. The intermediate position is now set and you can move the blind to this position anytime, by tapping MY. You can change the MY position anytime by pressing and holding the MY button until the blind double shunts.

10. Assigning the blind to another channel.

If you have a multi-channel handset such as the Telis 4, you may wish to assign a blind to more than one channel. For example, you may have just programmed a blind using channel 1, but you also want to assign the same blind to the "ALL" channel. 

To do this, first set the remote to the channel that the blind is already assigned to. Then, turn over the handset and use a safety pin to press the button on the back of the handset, holding it until the blind shunts. 

Then press the "channel select" button on your remote until the channel you wish to assign the blind to is selected. If you wish to assign a blind to the "ALL" channel, then you should press the "channel select" button until all of the LED lights on the handset are lit.

Then, turn over the remote handset and press the button again until the blind shunts. This means that the blind is now assigned to that channel.

11. Programming the rest of your blinds.

If you have more than one blind, you will now have to unplug the battery of the blind that you have just programmed. Plug in the battery of the next blind and go back to Step 3.

Adjusting the upper and lower limits on your blinds

At a later date, you may wish to adjust the upper and lower limits on your blinds. To do this, only the blind you wish to adjust should have its battery plugged in. Firstly, use the remote handset to move the blind to the limit that needs to be adjusted. Then, press and hold both the UP and the DOWN buttons until the blind shunts. Then, use the UP and DOWN buttons to adjust the blind to the new limit position. Once the blind is in the correct position, press and hold the MY button until the blind shunts. The new upper or lower limit is saved.

To purchase remote operated blinds click here: Remote Control Blinds.

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