Electric blinds work by using a small motor to gently turn the blind shaft at the touch of a button. This effectively allows the blind fabric to roll up or down a vertical window, or across a sky lantern, to shade or uncover the glazing.
Want to know the details of how electric blinds work? Read on. Here is a quick guide…
Super Efficient Motor
Electric blinds are opened and closed by a small motorised unit that turns the tube that the blind is attached to. Electric blind motors are extremely efficient, using minimal power to work, and advances in technology also means they are virtually silent too. You can find out more about the benefits of electric blinds on our blog.
Battery or Mains Powered
An electric blinds motor can be powered either by your household mains supply or by D cell batteries. In order to to be powered by the mains, your electric blinds will need to be connected via a 5 amp fused spur located close to where the blinds will be installed. The battery powered blinds are completely wireless and the batteries simply slide inside a battery tray that sits neatly behind the blind fascia, or within the blind shaft itself.
Manual or Smart Controls
There are many ways in which you can control your electric blinds including a traditional remote control handset, a wall switch, via an app on your smartphone or tablet, or by using your smart home operating system. There are also options that allow you to automate your electric blinds so that they open and close at set times of the day.
For our Roof Lantern Electric Blinds we use SHY‘s innovative ‘zip’ system which keeps the blind fabric taut and running smoothly, without any sagging. This system works by welding a zip to the length of the cloth that then runs along inner channels on either side of the blind. This zip ensures that the fabric doesn’t get pulled out of the channel and also makes sure that full screen coverage is achieved with no gaps around the edges.
This is just a simple overview about how electric blinds work. To find out more about electric blinds and how they could work in your home, take a look at our product pages – Electric Roller Blinds, Electric Blinds for Roof Lanterns and Electric Blinds for Bifold Doors.