How Do Motorized Blinds Work?

One of the most exciting advancements in the décor industry in a long time is home automation. Most furnishings and fixtures use a wireless system these days, and window coverings are no exception. As a result, you may finally get rid of your window covering’s cumbersome wiring. With motorized window blinds, you can easily open and close your shades by just flipping a switch or pressing a button. You might be wondering how these smart shades and blinds work. The following are the best ways to power motorized blinds and shades

Battery 

You can power motorized blinds through batteries. These types of blinds are equipped with a battery tube, instead of having merely a string, to help you raise the blinds. 

Simple and convenient to install, battery-powered blinds are the best option if you’re worried about aesthetics. They also don’t require plugging into any outlets, compared to other types of motorized blinds. They are likewise an excellent solution if you’re thinking of installing them on windows that are difficult to reach or in areas where a cable could be an issue.

For motorized blinds, the optimum battery option is a rechargeable battery. They’re convenient to use because they’re usually quick to charge. You can also opt for AA batteries. However, do keep in mind that certain types of AA batteries may require you to replace them more often, such as in the case of alkaline ones. 

In contrast, lithium batteries have a much longer lifespan. The life of a lithium battery pack is generally equivalent to one charge of rechargeable batteries. A single charge can often last approximately six months. But of course, certain factors can affect how long the batteries will last, such as your frequency of usage. 

Hardwired

Larger blinds quickly deplete batteries, so you may need to go hardwired if you have sizable window coverings. Hardwired means that the blinds are directly connected to the household wiring. In terms of electricity bills, this is often less expensive than batteries when you factor in long-term use.

Plug-in

A DC power adapter is another practical way to motorize blinds. What’s more, installing and using a DC power adapter for your blinds is straightforward enough. Plug-in types are typically a wise choice if you have a power socket located in or near your window. To power your blinds, you’ll only need to plug the adapter into an outlet, and that’s it.  

However, using a DC power adapter has a few disadvantages. Some people would find the wires to be unsightly. Also, some motorized blinds come with DC power connections, but not all of them do. 

Solar 

Conveniently power your motorized blinds with sunlight. To leverage this natural light source, you’ll need a solar panel system for your shades. The system is then connected to the motor using a wire or battery.

Blinds that are solar-powered come with a rechargeable battery, which allows you to charge the blinds via solar panel. Before installing solar blinds in your home, check to see if there’s anything that’s blocking the blinds. If there are, ensure to remove them for optimal collection of solar power. 

Solar energy is ideal because it is renewable and does not require batteries. It goes without saying that solar-powered blinds are great to have in areas of your home that get a sufficient enough amount of sunlight. 

Custom motorized blinds are worth installing, particularly if you prefer efficiency and comfort. With motorized blinds, you can easily lift all your shades at once. They can even add value to the property of your home. High-quality, professionally installed blinds can increase buyer appeal, thus boosting your home value. Moreover, they’re energy-efficient, which allows you to reduce your carbon footprint and save money in the long run.  

Most of the methods used to power motorized window blinds are challenging to install and require a professional. If you wish to control your blinds and shades with the press of a button, check Regency Shutter & Shade’s motorized window blinds. With many years under our belt, we can help make sure your motorized blinds and shades work and look their best. 

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