Types of motorised blinds
Motorised blinds were traditionally hard wired and motors were noisy, however nowadays there is a focus on being wire free and keeping the sound as discreet as possible. Power reaches the motor via battery, this can be rechargeable and even solar powered!
The wire free option not only makes interior design less cluttered, but it makes installation much neater, allowing us to concentrate on blinds that can help control your home's lighting, temperature and privacy, as well as enhancing your comfort and security.
Most of our motorised blinds are operated by a wall switch or easy to use remote control. However we can now offer app based control using Somfy’s Tahoma or Connexoon home hubs, these connect to the blinds and other smart devices using Wi-Fi and RTS technology.
There are more options than ever for motorising and automating your window blinds, Concorde Blinds work alongside many of the best manufacturers including Somfy, Q Motion and Silent Gliss amongst many others.
Solar Panel Powered
This is achieved with a battery pack that is attached to the motor inside the motorised blind. Which can then connect to any power source of your choosing i.e. standard battery pack, rechargeable battery pack or solar panel. Choosing the solar panel option can be the smartest way to provide power – it’s the best and most flexible option if for example, your blind needs to be placed in a hard to reach area.
The solar panel trickle feeds enough power to operate the blind effectively. It also allows for automatic charge for your batteries, so you won’t have to worry about replacing it like you would do if it was powered with AA batteries for instance.
There are of course limits if there is a lack of sunlight, however it is as close to being hardwired as the real thing and is perfect for being used for commercial environments as well as corporate suites - we used solar powered roller blinds in the executive boxes at Watford Football Club and they work brilliantly.
The solar panel is attached to your window, those who need a lower cost option can go for the standard battery pack which requires AA batteries to be replaced every 8-12 months – this requires 8 AA batteries per blind. The other option is a rechargeable battery pack which simply needs charging approximately once or twice per year.
Branded Motorised Blinds
Our main motorised blinds are Somfy branded, which are the key brand that we supply for home automation. Our Somfy motorised blinds are very versatile when considering home automation, they will link to voice search devices such as Alexa and connect to Phillis hue lightbulbs as well as integrating with other software’s such as IFTTT, Smartthings and Apple Homekit.
There are other options that are lower cost than Somfy, such as more basic battery powered electric blinds such as Louvolite One Touch and Global RTS motors. The focus of these motorised blinds is affordability, and offers a handheld remote which can be wall mounted by the blinds. The limitation is that it is the simplest of automated blinds, and can’t be linked up to your household automation or mobile phone via app like the Somfy system. One touch and Global RTS blinds are a simple and affordable way to add motorisation to your home at only around £60-£80 on top of the cost of your blinds, but the functionality is limited since you can only open or close blinds by pushing the remote control buttons.
Our One Touch and Global RTS motorised blinds are a great entry level product, we can supply roller blinds, pleated blinds as well as duo roll blinds. These branded blinds are not only affordable, but very reliable and versatile. For instance, in one room you can link multiple blinds together such as in a conservatory where you can link up to 16 blinds on 1 multi-channel remote control.
With the Somfy and other app-connected automation systems, you can schedule your blinds to open and close at certain times, and operate them from anywhere and at any time via the app. With the Somfy system you can also link to other home automation products or settings to get the most out of your home.
In terms of Somfy branded motorised blinds, it is the main system to connect to a smart hub for smart homes, with a number of intricate interlinking home automation features and capabilities.