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chimera

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#195301 14-Apr-2016 20:32
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Does anyone have any recommendations (preferably based on experience / running actual units themselves) for motorised roller blinds? 

 

I had the one in the link below in mind, but if anyone has any better options let me know. i have a large roller blind in the main hallway of our house, the roller unit (that has the manual 'bead' pulley system on it) has crapped out and does not hold the blind "up".  so instead of going manual stylez again, i'm after a motorised (/motorized) unit that I can put in its place. i can wire up a 12V system myself easily enough, plenty of ceiling space to run wires - or even go as far as adding/programming up an arduino or esp8266 if needed as want to tie into my openhab system for scheduled open/close (or what 3rd party oem solutions are out there that will work?) - possibly even add light sensors to automate the open/close. of course, the entire purpose of this thread is coz I'm completely open to any suggestions on what anyone else has done and had success with (without spending an arm and a leg)  I see 'somfy' seems to be a bit of a market leader in this area, but it is pricey kit.  prefer easy control using wifi rather than rf, but if rf + some sort of control unit -> ethernet is just as easy (especially if that control unit can assist in other areas of home automation), then i'm all ears.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blackout-Blinds-Remote-Control-Motorized-DIY-Kit-/190516574053

 

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russelo
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  #1533465 15-Apr-2016 10:58
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Am interested in this too.  

 

We're about to buy a home with roller blinds for all glass panes and windows.

 

I have my openhab running reliably now for months and just waiting for ESP8266 for my Arduinos.


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  #1533501 15-Apr-2016 12:15
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All my windows have motorised roller blinds installed. The advise I got was "get somphy motors" I did, and couldn't be happier. If you are planning on retrofitting them into the standard luxaflex blind tubes you will need to cut the blind and tube down about 10mm from memory... not impossible but ...

 

 

 

I used the 230V system, but my house is fully automated with c-bus and I'm a registered electrician. If you want to do DIY the 12V somphy motors are the way to go. You can have it super simple or add one of their controllers to do the logic

 

 

 

Oh and you will need a bell hangers drill bit to drill up through the reveal and lintel and into the roof space (you want to hide the wires right?)





Matthew


 
 
 
 


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  #1535401 19-Apr-2016 10:43
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thanks for the response.

 

yes will definitely be drilling up through lintel into ceiling space.

 

i need to have the ability to hook the blind motor onto my network - what is the best controller that will do this? do somfy have an ethernet controller or is it all RF / timer based?

 

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