The Technicalities That Everyone Forgets With Motorized Blinds
Anyone who has purchased a new set of blinds over the last few years will completely understand the choice that is now on offer; this is an industry which has become hugely varied and you’ll have to decide far more than what colour your shades are going to be.
If you happen to be turning towards motorized blinds, the situation becomes even more complex. There are a whole host of issues to take into account and to highlight just what sort of factors you have to consider whilst purchasing them, we’ve put together this technical guide. We’ll now take a look at just how these blinds are powered and controlled – and the measures you need to take before making your purchase. Here goes…
The three main power sources – which is right for you?
After finally coming to the decision to purchase a motorized blind product, most people think there’s nothing else to consider. Unfortunately, unlike the standard set of blinds which just require basic installation, there are certain issues to think about in relation to power.
Generally, motorized blinds can be powered in three ways. The first is the one that most of us will understand the easiest and just revolves around a DC power adapter. In other words, it’s battery-free and just takes advantage of the electrical outlets that are positioned around your home. It goes without saying that this is particularly easy to set up, as it’s essentially a plug-and-play device. On the downside, unless you have just built your property and you’ve been planning for these motorized blinds, the chances of you having sockets readily available aren’t necessarily high.
If you do fall into the above category and don’t have any spare electrical sockets nearby, a battery tube might be considered. The name should give everything away here – the blinds simply run on batteries. It’s again very easy to install and the appearance of your blinds isn’t hindered in the slightest (in other words, you don’t see the battery).
The final solution we’ll look at is one of the more modern options. It’s now possible to buy solar power kits, whereby energy from the sun powers the blinds without any need for batteries or electrical sockets. This is of course the hassle-free solution and considering the position of the blinds, most households will receive more than enough sun for them to be powered. If you do happen to live in a black hole, or in other words the blinds are going to be situated in a position which receives little sunlight, it goes without saying that this option might not be possible though.
How much flexibility do you need to control your blind?
Once you have decided on your power source, the next big dilemma will focus on just how you want to control your blinds. All blinds will arrive with a remote control and wall switch, but some permit for programmable channels which allow you to easily control how much light you want to enter the room at various points of the day. Naturally, the more channels and settings that are available to you, the more costly the installation will be.
On the subject of the advanced measures, the programmable timer is perhaps the peak in this regard. Like most terms in the blinds industry, the name gives everything away here and different programs can be set which determine how your blinds function through the day. It’s especially useful if you want to give the impression that the house is occupied during the day, while some people even create settings to act as an alarm clock.