With no limits, a lot of styles and looks can be achieved with roller blinds plus the durability that goes with it!
Roller blinds can be motorized for ease of use and integration with home automation systems. Roller blind motors will either work from the alternating current (AC) electrical system of your home or can work from low voltage direct current (DC) power sources like batteries or solar panels.
A key advantage of electrical roller blind motors is that they can ne integrated with home automation systems. This would enable the home user to control all the roller blinds on a home from a central location. Possibilities could also include automatic blind operation based on room temperature or noise levels.
Roller blinds can be raised and lowered by the home owner. When lowered they provide excellent noise and light isolation, and a higher level of security. When raised they are unobtrusive in appearance both internally and externally.
By far and away the most common form of roller blind motor is the tubular motor that connects to the mains power supply in your home. A tubular motor fits inside the axle of the roller blind, and usually looks like a metal tube with a flange on one end. Hence the name 'tubular motor'.
The advantages of this system is that it is unobstrusive to both the eye and ear from within the home. The main disadvantage is the high cost, and the high cost of installation, as generally a qualified electrician will be required to install the roller blind tubular motor. There are some tubular motors that run from low voltage that do not require an electrician but again these are costly and are not used very widely.
There are a number of other types of roller blind motors. Most of these operate from low voltage direct current supplies (typically 12 volts). The most common utilizes large capacity lead acid batteries that are charged from either solar panels or from the mains supply of the house. These systems are very expensive both in terms of installation costs and up front purchase costs.
Typically these other Roller Blind Motors are either tubular fitting into the axle of the roller blind, or may be a flat or disc type motor. These flat or disc type motors fit into the 'head box' of the roller blind at one end of the axle.
There is a new type of low voltage motor entering the market. This is a flat or disc type motor that operates from rechargeable batteries and is much cheaper to buy and install than all other roller blind motors. Please email us for more information.