remote control skylight/window actuators (K Series)

We have safe, remote controlled low voltage electric openers for many different types of windows: awning, hopper, clerestory, single hung vertical sliders, double hung sliders, horizontal sliders, etc. (see how we automate these at the bottom of this page). We also have battery backup capabilities; please see item 7 below.

We are a factory-direct outlet, specializing in home and office automation of 12v window & skylight openers. We also manufacture custom shades and blinds, with fabrication facilities in New York and Chicago (we ship anywhere in the USA).

remote control skylight/window openers These are RF remote controlled skylight and window openers that you can install yourself.

They use a stainless steel retractable chain that disappears entirely into a non-obtrusive housing.

These units use safe 12v DC power supplies (or battery operation) that has no shock hazard.


Note that it is particularily important to measure the required lifting force if you are going to use these actuators to lift heavier skylights. We only recommend using the 20 lb actuator for very small skylights; most of our clients use our heavy duty (60+ lb force) opener for skylights.

You can measure the force required to lift a skylight by standing on a bathroom scale and using a long pole to push up on the skylight. You may have to temporarily disconnect any manual lifting mechanism.

How to Order

There are 5 basic kits for skylight and window openers with remote control, available as Starter Kits with power supply and remote control (shopping cart CATEGORY link opens in new browser tab):

1. Standard RF Remote Control Window Opener (20 lb lift, adjustable stroke)

This RF remote control unit has an adjustable stroke: 4" (100mm), 8" (200mm), 10" (250mm), 12" (300mm). The stroke can be adjusted by rotating a setting knob on one end of the housing. This unit is suitable for awning windows, vents, hopper windows and small skylights.

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2. Switched 12v Window Opener (20 lb lift, adjustable stroke)

This kit uses our wired switch for those that want hard-wired solutions with a surface mount switch. The opener unit has an adjustable stroke: 4" (100mm), 8" (200mm), 10" (250mm), 12" (300mm).

The stroke can be adjusted by rotating a setting knob on one end of the housing. This unit is suitable for awning windows, vents, hopper windows and small skylights, but keep in mind it is not a very attractive surface mount switch.

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3. Kit 3: Z-Wave & RF Remote Window Opener (20 lb lift, adjustable stroke)

This Z-Wave remote control unit has an adjustable stroke: 4" (100mm), 8" (200mm), 10" (250mm), 12" (300mm). The stroke can be adjusted by rotating a setting knob on one end of the housing. This unit is suitable for awning windows, vents, hopper windows and small skylights.

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4. Heavy Duty (HD) Skylight Opener (60+ lb lift, 12" fixed stroke, rain sensor)

This unit has a fixed stroke of 12 inches, but note that it can be stopped at any point of travel by using the RF remote control (which can penetrate solid walls). If you prefer, these units can be custom ordered from the factory with any shortened length of chain stroke.

This unit is suitable for heavy skylights or very large windows that have a lot of frame flex.

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5. Heavy Duty (HD) Vertical Slider Opener (40+ lb lift, custom stroke)

remote control window openers for horizontal and vertical slider windowsThese RF remote control units are suitable for vertical and horizontal slider windows.

We also have mirrored openers that can go on either side of a particularly stiff vertical slider window.

Please note that these are custom orders only.

Please contact us 24/7 for details.



Add-on Versions

There are various add-on window and skylight openers available; these can be added to a package if you have multiple windows and skylights you want to control. This includes models without remote control for use with our wired wall switch.

Please feel free to contact us at any time, for further information about adding to a package.

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Battery Backup (UPS)

Our USB rechargeable battery wand makes a great backup battery uninterruptible power supply (UPS), when grid power fails.

If you can run a 5v DC USB power line to the battery wand (5v power supply is included with wand), you will have a system that will work, even if grid power is down.

For those of you that experience power interruptions in the winter, this can be a very helpful feature. If you use a 5v solar panel, you can make it a totally independant of grid power!

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Remote Control and Automation

window types

As discussed, you can use our multi-channel remote controls to control your window and skylight motors.

Please keep in mind you can also use them with our Broadlink hub, which further extends control to your phone, tablet, laptop or any other web enabled device (whether at home or away).

This article from our sister website contains more information about our automation systems (and using Alexa):

Skylight and window motorized automation

(note that we also have Zwave controllers)


PLEASE NOTE: Care should be exercised when these units are installed where adults or children could get fingers caught in a closing window - serious injury could result. Use of insect screens can help eliminate this possibility.

Other Useful Links

Instructions for RF Remote Control Models (K Series)

Page with client examples

We sincerely hope you enjoy using these advanced systems; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time!