Motorized blinds and shades have been available since the mid 1980s however until recently they have not been accessible to the general population. Due to the explosion of technological advances including high efficiency motors and batteries, leaps in radio frequency (RF) technology and economies of scale for the first time motorization can now be considered affordable for the general public.
Separated into several different classes of motors they offer a convenient and easy way to enjoy light and manage energy costs. Many clients use timers, sun sensors or home automation system tie ins to invoke a sense of privacy even while they are away.
Battery Operated Blind Motors are used in spaces where the blinds are small to medium sized and wiring is not an option either due to feasibility in the space or cost.
Wired motors can be used for larger blinds and are often available with various connections including AC 3 prong plug adapters. These are generally used for larger shades or for groupings of shades that need a single power source.
Important things to consider when ordering Motorized Blinds and Shades are:
- Many companies sell generic motors which should be avoided to prevent warranty worries down the road.
- Not every motor works in every situation. For example if a blind is used more than once or twice a day or it is very high up it should be wired to prevent issues with changing the batteries down the road. Program the blinds to get the most out of them.
The best thing to do when ordering motorized window treatments is to speak to one of our professional decorators. We can make your home work for you literally with motors.