There are pros and cons to both battery and hardwired electric blinds. The best power solution for your home will depend on the size of your blinds and how you wish to use them. Here’s our guide to the pros and cons of hardwired and battery-powered blinds to help you decide.
What’s the difference between wired and battery blinds?
|Wires need to be hidden
|Ideal for high windows
|Ideal for large blinds
|Unsymmetrical rise and fall
|Symmetrical rise and fall
|Easy to install
|Cheaper to install
|More expensive to install
What are the pros and cons of battery blinds?
Battery Powered Blinds – Advantages
The most obvious benefit of battery powered blinds is that there are no unsightly wires to deal with. Completely wireless, battery blinds remove the need to have a power socket nearby or to have a fuse spur installed.
Good for Hard-to-Reach Windows
Closely linked to the point above, battery powered blinds are perfect for hard-to-reach glazing, or windows that are positioned high up. Unless you are in the planning or building stages of your project, getting a power source wired in for inaccessible windows can be difficult.
Battery powered blinds are very energy efficient and use very little power to operate. This means that your impact on the environment is minimal and your batteries will last a long time with normal use. Battery electric blinds can help you to create a greener home and save you money on your energy bills by reducing heat loss.
Without the need to fit a power source close to the window, battery powered blinds can be a bit easier to install. If you still prefer to have a wall switch to operate your blinds, a simple to use wireless panel can be fixed to a wall without the requirement for mains power.
Battery Powered Blinds – Disadvantages
Although the batteries in electric blinds will last a good length of time with normal use, they will need replacing every few years. The process is very simple to do, though, and the batteries are standard household D cell batteries, so are easy to get hold of.
Rise and Fall Not Symmetrical
When you have multiple electric blinds side by side, the rise and fall of the blinds may not be in complete unison when powered by batteries. This is due to the slight variation of power in each blind which will affect the speed of the roller.
Not Suitable for Large Blinds
Battery blinds may not have enough power to control your blinds if they are particularly large. Although possible, large blinds may be better operated with hardwired power for better movement. If you have a large window to cover but still want battery powered blinds, it’s preferable to install multiple blinds of a smaller size, rather than one large one.
What are the pros and cons of hardwired electric blinds?
Hardwired Electric Blinds – Advantages
Good for Large Blinds
Batteries can sometimes lack the power required to power a large electric blind so hardwired is normally the preferred option. Using mains electricity will ensure maximum power and smooth operation at all times.
Symmetrical Rise and Fall
One of the downfalls of battery operated blinds is that multiple blinds may not rise and fall at the same speed due to slight variations in the power supplied. By using a hardwired system, your electric blinds will move in perfect symmetry.
Hardwired battery blinds boast good energy efficiency credentials. Only drawing a small amount of power as required, you won’t rack up a large electricity bill by using mains powered electric blinds.
If you want peace of mind that your blinds will always have power that never runs out, a hardwired option is best. Batteries need replacing from time to time whereas hardwired blinds will run constantly, so long as the mains electricity source is working.
Hardwired Electric Blinds – Disadvantages
Installation More Complicated
Installing hardwired electric blinds requires a bit more planning than battery powered blinds. A 5 amp fused spur is required close to where the blind will hang, so, unless you already have a suitable socket ready to use, a new one will need to be fitted by a qualified electrician.
Wires Need to be Hidden
Unlike the wireless simplicity of battery powered blinds, hardwired blinds need to be connected to the power source via wires which will need to be run from the roller of the blind to the socket and then concealed.
Can be More Expensive
Due to the extra work required to fit and install hardwired electric blinds, this can sometimes be a more expensive option, especially if the electric supply is fitted retrospectively. Savings can be made if the power supply and blinds are planned into building works.
As you can see, there are many factors to consider when choosing your the power source for your electric blinds. Both battery powered and main electricity powered blinds have many benefits, but each are suited to different applications. If you are having large electric blinds and are in the planning or building stages of your project, a mains powered system might be best. On the other hand, if you require smaller electric blinds that are being fitted retrospectively, a battery powered option might be better.
If you would like to find out more or would like extra advice regarding which power system is best for your electric blinds, we’d be more than happy to help. Please get in touch with our friendly sales team to discuss the options.
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