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Ultimate Geek

#275936 17-Sep-2020 13:09
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We have 2 roller sun blinds on large windows in our lounge and would like to see if they can be motorised.


Anyone had experience of retrofitting roller blinds?


Actually have a 3 pin plug already there from when we built 36 years ago.


Happy with mains or battery operated.


What App options are there?


Many thanks.

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Uber Geek


  #2566809 17-Sep-2020 13:24
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Yep! Done this a couple of times with great success.


I used the 230V motors from aliexpress, around $60. And then just a little DIY relay board with an ESP8266 for control. I have another set to do soon, and will use a Shelly 2.5 instead of my DIY controller.


Oh and I 3D printed the drive "gear" to fit the profile of my particular blind tubes.


Much better than paying the ridiculous local pricing of the pre-made solutions.


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Ultimate Geek

  #2566815 17-Sep-2020 13:39
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Thanks for that but a little bit out of my tech abilities!


Just looking for something that can get locally and mainstream and will pay.

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  #2566832 17-Sep-2020 14:05
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I'm using the rollease automate motors. They were supplied by the company that initially supplied the blinds. Nothing special for compatibility.


Depending on your roller blinds, the motor / battery unit slips inside the existing blind roll. I've got Solar Panels on a couple of them, and need to plug the others in for a few hours a couple of times a year.


They have their own remote, but I also bought the optional hub for Apple Homekit (And Home Assistant) integration

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  #2566867 17-Sep-2020 14:42
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We just ordered new blinds, they said a battery lasts about 6 - 9 months so no need for mains, just charge them occasionally. We've ordered the central controller option, comes with a central remote that controls all rooms.

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Ultimate Geek

  #2566877 17-Sep-2020 14:54
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Unsure about your ceiling space, but I've recently done the same thing to the bedrooms (did hallways blinds many years ago though)


I bought these from Aliexpress, about $80 (with taxes) each delivered.


I used a drill with long auger bit to drill up through the top of the window into the ceiling, then ran wires back to my office.  I use a CCTV box that delivers multiple 12V outputs, so wire the blinds into this.


Works perfectly. Super quiet compared to some rollertrol blinds I bought from the USA about 4 years ago.





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Ultimate Geek

  #2566886 17-Sep-2020 15:01
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The drill hole is only 10mm for the wire, so hardly seen. Easier to manage than battery operated blinds.


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