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Complete Buying Guide to Smart Blinds and Motorized Shades

With an emerging smart home technology trend, from smart lighting to furniture and entertainment devices to appliances; everything is becoming a part of the IoT revolution. When everything is getting smart, how could blinds remain so dumb? This is how smart blinds came into being. They ensure comfort and safety while also help you maintain energy efficiency at home. They are easy to use, require less effort to arrange as compared to conventional blinds, and come with customization options to match different interior styles.

The connected blinds help homeowners maintain privacy, as well as let in the desired amount of natural light with minimum effort. They can be raised or lowered individually or as a group at selected times with sunrise or sunset.

Before buying a smart blind, you must be aware of the cost, installation process, and the available power and customization options. Some of them are controlled using a smartphone app and some come with a remote control, but anything it is really fun to control at the push of a button.

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Here is a list of some of the best options available that’ll turn your windows into smart windows.

Copenhagen smart blinds

Built by European doors and windows manufacturer Inwido, under the Art Andersen CPH brand, this smart blind is based on Z-Wave wireless communications protocol. Made from a soft-touch material, the Copenhagen smart blinds are great because removable slats can be pulled out and slid back in place for easy cleaning. Also, they can be programmed to open and close automatically for security purposes.

Copenhagen Blinds are motorized, driven by a rechargeable battery lasting 6-9 months on one three-hour charging time. Silent adjustments of the blinds make them even more pleasant for any private or business use. You can order sizes between 60-160 cm in width and 60-250 cm in height.

Copenhagen smart blinds roll up with the push of a button

Image: Art Andersen CPH

Copenhagen smart blinds roll up with the push of a button

Image: Art Andersen CPH

Graber’s Somfy smart blinds

The Somfy smart blinds use Z-Wave technology for communication and provide you with the convenience of controlling them with your voice or the touch of a button. They are equipped with a Sonesse motor that’s specially designed for quieter interior spaces. You can also configure them to automatically open with the sunrise and close at dusk. The solar sensor adjusts the blinds automatically with the amount of the light.

Graber’s Somfy smart blinds

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Graber’s Somfy smart blinds

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Pella between-the-glass blinds with Insynctive technology

Pella Designer Series of between-the-glass blinds with Insynctive technology can be operated with a provided remote control, or you can connect them through an additional bridge to other compatible home automation systems to automatically adjust/control the amount of natural light entering your home. Once connected, raising or lowering blinds becomes as easy as talking to Google Home or swiping your smartphone screen.

Pella Designer Series of between-the-glass blinds with Insynctive technology

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Pella Designer Series of between-the-glass blinds with Insynctive technology

Image: Pella

Serena smart shade from Lutron

If you’re seeking for some affordable smart shading solution, the Serena remote-controlled shades are a great pick. These battery-powered shades are ultra-quiet and can be installed without any wires. For added convenience, they can be controlled using voice commands to Siri or operate it from anywhere using the companion mobile app and smart bridge.   

Available in insulating honeycomb and roller styles, Serena shades offer a wide variety of fabric colors and textures, for the desired design customization.

Serena smart shade from Lutron

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Serena smart shade from Lutron

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Ikea smart blinds

FYRTUR is the new range of battery-powered smart blinds by Swedish flat-pack furniture maker Ikea. It can be controlled remotely with the included remote control, smartphone app, or through voice commands to Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Home with TRÅDFRI Gateway.   

Ikea’s Smart Window Blinds Support Amazon Alexa

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Smart Solar Shading Solutions

Because there are limited and expensive, choices available for smart blinds in the market. If you’re still interested to add IoT intelligence to your windows, scroll down to look at some of the innovative solar shading accessories you can buy to turn your ordinary blinds into smart blinds. They are comparatively cheaper and easier to install.    

Soma smart shades

Based on Bluetooth wireless technology, this smart shading system comes with a motor, a USB power cable, and a solar panel. Just install using double-sided tape or screws and you’re ready to control your windows with your smartphone. You can even control it through Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit with the additional Soma Connect. There’s a 1400 mAh battery that works up to 50 cycles on a single charge.

Soma smart shades

Image: Soma

Soma smart shades

Image: Soma

PowerView Motorization by Hunter Douglas

Recipient of the 2018 Red Dot Design Award, the PowerView smart shading system by Hunter Douglas felicitate smart controls via a companion mobile app. With multiple connectivity platforms including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT, etc., it helps seamlessly integrate with other smart home devices. You can even schedule it to operate with the sunrise or sunset.

PowerView motorized window treatments are battery-powered, so can be installed, operated, and maintained easily.

PowerView Motorization by Hunter Douglas

Image: Hunter Douglas

PowerView Motorization by Hunter Douglas

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Axis Gear

It is a solar-powered, smart shading system that lets you control temperature and glare by deciding the amount of natural sunlight coming in. The Axis Gear uses ZigBee connectivity and Bluetooth Low Energy technology for communication and can hold approximately 9 ft x 9 ft or 10 lbs of weight. It is able to integrate with Zigbee compatible smart hubs.  

AXIS Gear

Image: Axis

AXIS Gear

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Move by Teptron

This smart shading device can easily be retrofitted on existing blinds and shades with cord loop, cord or bead chain. You just need to select the spool, attach it to a wall, set endpoints through the companion mobile app and you’re ready to roll the automated blinds. It can be used on both horizontal and vertical smart blinds. It is powered by rechargeable batteries and has a lift/pull capacity of about 9 lbs.

Integration of the latest Bluetooth mesh wireless networking technology is the most intriguing feature, setting it apart from most of the competitors in the market. 

Move by Teptron

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Move by Teptron

Image: Teptron

MySmartBlinds window blind automation kit

With this innovative solar-powered shading automation kit, you can turn all types of 2 to 2.5-inch horizontal window blinds into smartphone-controlled blinds. It is easy to install and installation requires no tools. You can create daily or weekly schedules for blinds and always manually control all blind with the pull-switch and from your phone.  There are built-in temperature sensors to turn on the energy savings mode to save energy. With an additional Bridge, it can also integrate with home automation hubs like Alexa and Google Home.

MySmartBlinds window blind automation kit

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MySmartBlinds window blind automation kit

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