Electric blinds are now becoming more affordable and commonplace. Smart electric blinds technology adds value to your home. Depending on the particular blinds, electric blinds can be 240v, 24v or 12v battery powered and can be controlled by remote control or hard wired. There are number of situations when you can benefit having electric blinds installed:
- inaccessible windows and skylights
- there are many blinds in an area that have to be operated frequently
- blinds are operated by many different people (commercial environments)
- creating a new home cinema
- for convenience
Electric Blinds Advantages
Electric blinds have many advantages which make them more popular today, such as:
- Electric blinds eliminate repetitive and boring tasks.
- Electric blinds can significantly speed up the opening and retraction process.
- It is a solution for the elderly or disabled who needs physical assistance to operate window coverings.
- Electric blinds have longer life because it is opened and closed correctly.
- Remote devices of electric blinds improve the look of your home removing the need for unsightly manual controls.
- Thermal control and energy efficiency can be enhanced by the control of electric blinds by weather sensors at the right time, even if you are not at home.
Electric Blinds Types
Blinds suitable for motorisation are:
- Roller blinds,
- Venetian blinds,
- Vertical blinds,
- Roman blinds,
- Conservatory blinds
Roller Electric Blinds
Roller electric blinds can use any roller blind fabric.
Complete blackout roller electric blinds are ideal for home cinemas.
Dimout electric blinds are ideal if you only want to darken the room.
Roller electric blinds motorisation types:
- motorised by hard-wiring
Roller electric blinds control types:
- wall-mounted switch
- remote controlled handset.
Venetian Electric Blinds
Venetian electric blinds are available with aluminium or wood slats in 25mm, 35mm or 50mm and a huge range of colours. There are also a small range of 70mm aluminium slats which look fabulous on large windows. Venetian electric blinds are powered by battery (tilt-only) or mains-powered, and controlled by remote control handsets or wire-free wall switch. Wire-free sun sensors are available to operate venetian electric blinds to tilt when the sun is very bright.
Vertical Electric Blinds
Vertical electric blinds are excellent for wide windows, patio doors, bifold doors and large conservatory areas. They can use any fabric including wood and PVC vanes. Vertical electric blinds are available in 89mm, 127mm or 250mm wide vanes. They are powered by mains supply, and operate via wire-free wall switch or remote-control handset. Vertical electric blinds vanes will pull across (from either side or split draw) and then go through the full cycle of tilting. This movement can be stopped at any time in the cycle.
Roman Electric Blinds
Roman blinds can be motorised depending on the weight of the fabric. It is highly recommended to use roman electric blinds only on small to medium windows. Roman electric blinds are only available in 24V. Roman electric blinds are not suitable for retro-fitting, but can be included in new build plans.
Conservatory Electric Blinds
In conservatories, orangeries or glass extensions - places with a big number of windows - shading is a necessity. Electric blinds are most effective in reducing the amount of energy consumed in both summer and winter. Automated control increases the lifetime of electric blinds without incorrect handling and removes the need for unsightly manual openers. Electric blinds can significantly speed up the opening and retraction process in conservatories. If you are having a new conservatory installed, think about your requirements early on in the planning process, so that there is power nearby.