Independently-controlled motorised blinds: a case study

We’re increasingly getting requests from customers for motorised blinds. The technology has come a long way in recent years so is usually fairly simple for us to install. It’s a great solution where blinds are up high, where someone has limited mobility or where there are lots of blinds you want to open or shut in one go. Or where you’re just a bit of a fan of fancy technology…

We recently had an interesting request which was quite specific in it’s requirements. It was an interesting challenge to satisfy the remit.

Our customer wanted roof blinds for their conservatory. Not a problem. They wanted the blinds to operate electronically via remove control. Again, no problem. However, they wanted to be able to operate each blind independently, so they had the complete flexibility to fully control the amount of shade within the room. This specific requirement meant that each blind would require its own receiver.

We contacted our trusty supplier, Somfy, who we use for the motorised components to help specify the exact details and components required.

The blinds would operate via the mains. Most of Somfy’s powered systems are low voltage. That means they require one or more transformer (depending on the number of blinds) to convert the 230v supply coming down to the required 24v. This job required two transformers, each of which could power up to 7 motors. This low voltage offering ensures we’re specifying a very safe solution for our customer.

The transformers were fixed inside a cupboard that the customer had earmarked for them. The cables were routed neatly out of sight, and we installed electrical trunking up underneath each of the units to house the terminal blocks and cabling required to reach each of the blinds.

We then programmed the blinds onto Somfys 16 channel handset TELIS 16 RTS PURE. This allows us to pair up to 16 motors to one handset. Given that we had only 11 blinds, we used three of the five remaining channels to create groups. So not only could each blind work individually, we also had one bank of six blinds working on the left and one bank of five blinds working on the right. The final channel was named “all” which, as the name suggests, controlled all the blinds together.

This job was a fantastic example of how advances in technology enable us to satisfy a really broad range of customer enquiries. Our customer was really thrilled with the results and we were really pleased that we could meet their brief exactly.

Roof blinds