Motorisation of blinds (Would you watch T.V without a remote?)

Dec 9, 2011

For Interior Blinds

For inside blinds the most popular blind to be remote controlled hence motorised is the Roller Blind.  The question becomes why would I remote control my blind and I might also ask, is it too extravagant? Is it too expensive?

 Well there are practical reasons why it does make sense.

Firstly lets not beat around the bush, it is more convenient especially when you have a big home with a lot of windows or big expands.  A way to beat the cost is to link the blinds and have one motor control multiple blinds. 

Coupled with this is that the blinds can be programmed so that they can be set for particular times of the day to go up or down.  More on that later!

Sometimes height is an issue.  Stairs, highlight windows and second story homes with feature windows are all examples where a blind is necessary however a chain or cord is not really practical.  This also leads onto the point that there are no cords which has obvious child safety benefits.  No cords look tidier.

Some blinds especially Blockout fabrics can be heavy to pull up.  Even sunscreen fabrics in large sizes require an element of strength to operate.  This can mean for older people having a remote control motorised blind is a perfect option.

For external blinds

With exterior blinds it makes perfect sense to automate.  The convenience of pressing a button inside your home to control an exterior blind allows for controlling the elements.  Exterior blinds whether they are retractable fabric awnings or aluminium roller shutters can be controlled either with a wall switch or remote control, they can also be programmed into a management system for specific times of the day.  It’s a good idea to motorize exterior awnings not only for the convenience but also for hard to reach places like second stories or due to the weight of the awnings.  It can take effort on large blinds to pull up.

The installation of motorised blinds does not need to be complicated.

Three main options for motorisation installation include wiring the motor to a wall switch, wiring the motor to mains power which is then operated from a hand held remote control or for more sophisticated systems wiring into a management system which can then control programming for different scenarios including operating depending on time of day etc. We will test the blind and set the up and down position ready for an electrician.  The possibilities can be endless.  Of course this is all done by an experienced licensed electrician.

While the initial cost of motorisation adds an additional cost to the overall cost of the product, the convenience and ease of use over the life of the product will be worth it.