Automated blinds: what are they? Why do you need them? And what happens if they break? Ian Claxton, director at QMotion UK, answers seven of the most commonly asked questions.
What are the benefits of automated blinds?
First and foremost, automated blinds provide greater user convenience. With the touch of a button, you can control every shade in the room, or home, simultaneously or individually, from the comfort of your bed, sofa or a different room in the house.
Automated blinds also provide an extra element of security. As well as keeping prying eyes out with either translucent or blackout blinds, automated blinds can give the illusion the property is occupied, and can be programmed to operate to time or light settings, when your away on holiday, or activated remotely via an app from wherever you are.
Another key benefit is safety. Unfortunately, cord blinds have become known as a safety hazard for children and babies. With no cord, automated blinds are 100% safe.
Finally, used in conjunction with smart lighting and a home automation system, blind control can help enhance a room’s ambience and use. For example, in the morning, blinds can rise prior to your alarm helping you to wake up naturally with the sun, or can stay lowered to keep the house cool. Similarly, a night or movie scene setting can be created to dim or turn off the lights whilst simultaneously lowering the blinds at the touch of a button as a home cinema swings into action.
Automated blinds are suitable for all window types and property sizes. In particular, automated blinds are most useful for hard to reach or large window spaces.
In addition, automated blinds suit large sets of windows. Multiple blinds can be easily grouped and automated to raise and lower in unison and to four selected, programmable positions, which creates a great impression.
Can automated blinds be integrated into an existing home control system?
Most automated blind systems can be integrated into pre-existing home control systems. This is very easy to do with QMotion’s QiS (Qadvanced Inteligence System). Utilising ZigBee HA 1.2 it can integrate natively with all compatible devices in a Control4 home automation system.
For other popular control platforms, including Vantage, Crestron, Savant, URC, RTI, QMotion Qube devices are available, enabling quick and simple integration.
How easy is it to retrofit automated blinds?
Wired automated blind control can be difficult to retrofit into existing homes as you need to chase cabling into walls, which nobody enjoys – it can be messy and expensive! On the other hand, automated blind control systems, such as those from QMotion, are wire-free making them both simple and cost-effective for homeowners. No need to re-wire, chase out walls or install unsightly wire covers. Essentially, the process for installing this type of automated blind is exactly the same as a manual blind – easy!
Is the installation process complicated?
With no power or control wires, users can install a fully motorised and intelligently controlled shading system in a couple of minute – no electrician needed!
Each product contains a short instruction guide, providing step-by-step instructions on how to set up the system. Once the brackets are installed, you simply need to insert the blind. It’s as simple as that. All products come preinstalled with batteries, making the whole process that little bit shorter!
Can my automated blinds be made in a fabric of my choice?
QMotion works with interior designers for this very reason. Whilst many homeowners want the convenience and smart technology that comes with automated blinds, they also want to use their own fabrics to suit their colour scheme and home décor. QMotion technology permits homeowners to have their bespoke fabric adapted to its patented roller-blind technology. This service also includes custom printed fabrics and allows using to have anything they desire, from family portraits to corporate logos, designed onto the blind.
What happens if my blinds break?
One of the most common reasons for automated blind systems breaking is due to manual interference. In other words, when the user physically pulls the blind and consequently breaks the mechanism. QMotion features patented technology that permits manual-override command. This allows you to operate the blinds by hand, where required, without damaging the automated mechanism.