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What are the different types of automated blinds?

Automated blinds might seem the height of luxury. But they’re practical, safe and even environmentally friendly.

In a nutshell:

  • Automated blinds replace manual controls with crank handles or electric motors
  • They’re a practical option for multiple, heavy or difficult-to-reach blinds
  • Removing chains and cords make the blinds safer
  • Advanced automated blinds can be integrated with Building Management Systems or the IoT
  • Automation may not be as expensive as you think

Why automate?

Many blinds are high up in buildings, and manual controls are just not possible. Also, commercial blinds can be very large indeed – and simply too heavy to raise easily by hand. And, of course, in offices, schools and public buildings we’re not talking about one or two.

Types of automation

  • Crank handles are easier to operate than chains, especially for larger blinds, but they still need muscle power. Adding electrical power is just one easy step away.
  • Electric motors allow blinds to be raised and lowered, or opened and closed easily. Many systems offer remote control handsets, with different sets of blinds on different channels. Battery-powered controls are available too.
  • Today’s advanced blinds can be integrated with Building Management Systems (BMS), meaning blinds can be controlled automatically in line with lighting and heating systems, or by light sensors, to save energy and ensure an optimum working environment.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) is part of our everyday lives. Today’s blinds can be controlled remotely by phone or tablet.

How much will it cost?

Probably not as much as you might think. There is no point skimping on something that’s high up in a room and difficult to replace. But a typical motor for a blind from one of the country’s leading suppliers, could cost as little as £120.

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