How Motorized Blinds and Cellular Shades Work
Do you have a window that’s just too high to reach? Or how about an area where you’re constantly opening and closing your blinds? Yes, convenience is just one of the many reasons to invest in motorized blinds. But now that you know why motorized blinds are beneficial, you probably want to know how they actually work. So, let’s take a look.
First and foremost, let’s take a look at the two types of motorized blinds: motorized lift shades and motorized tilt blinds. Motorized lift shades can completely raise and lower at the touch of a button. Though there are several types of motorized lift shades, cellular shades are one the most popular styles. Cellular shades, which are sometimes also known as “Honeycomb Shades” are soft yet durable and can be fashioned from light-darkening or blackout fabrics. When motorized, cellular shades offer a clean, crisp and convenient window solution. In contrast to motorized lift and cellular shades, motorized tilt blinds move by tilting open and close. Though motorized blinds come in a number of different styles, some of the most common are wood blinds, faux wood blinds and aluminum blinds.
Next, it’s important to note that not all motorized cellular shades and blinds are made alike, and by that we mean there are three different types of motors: wireless, low voltage plug-in and high voltage plug-in. Though the most common type of wireless is motor is battery operated, solar packs are also available. Battery life can vary depending on the size of your window, your usage as well as the manufacturer, but on average they are expected to last 12 to 18 months. Low voltage motors run on direct current and use only 24 volts. Though low voltage motors have a limited range, they are also the quietest motor option, exerting only around 44 decibels of sound. High voltage motors, unlike their low counterparts, run on alternate current and use around 120 volts.
The final piece of this puzzle is control. Most motorized blinds and shades are controlled using a radio technology, similar to your garage door. This means you can control your motorized blinds and cellular shades all with a handheld remote. Some systems even have such a long range they can communicate from far distances and sometimes even through walls!
Convenience, variety and style, motorized blinds have got it all. Though choosing what system is right for you is certainly a personal preference, hopefully understanding how each one operates will help make your decision a little easier!