Motorised Roman blinds

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  • #10197
     moreno5 says:

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    Hi Guys,

    Does anyone know of any systems or devices that would remotely open some roman blinds? The blinds are already up so they would have to retrofit.

    Roman blinds are multi-corded, but they all come together to make one cord. I would prefer to have it battery operated, but would think of having it hard wired as I understand that maybe battery would not be powerful enough.

    Any ideas?

    #10212
     pauly says:

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    If it’s just a case of pulling a cord, I’ve just been writing up my solution here: http://www.clarkeology.com/m/22353/I+never+did+mention+my+DIY+automated+blinds+here

    I’m pleased with it though other people here have had varying results. It’s only 40 quid and will fit to any blinds with a cord I think. Mine are on vertical blinds, not tried it on a roman blind. Here is the necessary gizmo on ebay http://bit.ly/17iS5zj

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    #10218
     wesleyelder says:

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    Hi Pauly,

    i bought this about 3 months ago, but never got around to fitting it, i looked at it, then wasnt sure…. had 1001 other things to do

    I wanted to pull closed some vertical blinds, but i never quiet understood how to change the direction … Is it just on, goes until its finished, then off/on it will go the other way…? As i typed this i think i worked it out :) Just put a wireless socket on it?

    @moreno5 – sorry to hijack your thread… I’ll report back how it goes

    9 x 1 Gang Dimmer, 3 x Plug-In On/Off Sockets, 1 x Wi-Fi Link, 6 x Door Sensor, 3 x Mood Switch, 3 x Wireless Switch, 2 x PIR, 2 x Relay. Non Lightwave, 1 x RXFCOM, 1 x Raspberry PI, 3 x THN132N, 1 x OWL CM160. RFXcmd.py, php, apache, javascript, siri proxy, Arduino Remote.. Working on a pebble app...
    #10222
     moreno5 says:

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    @pauly thanks, I will have to have a look at this. Is the motor quiet? I would like to get a remote control for it but also be able to have it open close when the sunrise/sunset if I was on holiday. Real shame I can’t get one of these battery operated. How long is the power cable?

    @wesleyelder I’ll let you off if you report back your findings. ;)

    #10225
     PhilC says:

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    Hi, Just looked at this on Amazon, says not suitable for roman blinds, have added link below.

    Seems absolutely ideal for verticals tho, have been wondering how to do that, Thanks Pauly.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-curtain-blind-automatic-feature/dp/B00DBYG966

    Gone in at the deep end and learning with RPI, RFX, Conrad, WiFi link, 5 PIRs, 5 Door sensors, 18 light switches, 22 sockets and 4 Mood controllers all running on Domoticz. Normal comment I get is, whats wrong with just turning on a switch....
    #10226
     PhilC says:

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    Still looking. £37 @
    http://www.ccf-online.co.uk/index.php?id_product=8&controller=product

    Gone in at the deep end and learning with RPI, RFX, Conrad, WiFi link, 5 PIRs, 5 Door sensors, 18 light switches, 22 sockets and 4 Mood controllers all running on Domoticz. Normal comment I get is, whats wrong with just turning on a switch....
    #10228
     moreno5 says:

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    OK, this is not really helping me though….

    #10229
     wesleyelder says:

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    Hi Guys,

    so after i worked out how to use these just installed them.

    I have vertical blinds, i didn’t want to cut the string or take the blinds apart, so i took the device apart and added the pull cord.

    Mistakes…
    1. First time i took it apart and put the string in, i accidentally twisted the unit ( while changing the settings ) the string got jammed inside… I took it apart to unjam it. Now this was 100% fault and wouldn’t have happened if i had mounted it to the wall, not designed for twisting…

    2. After opening it, i put the pull cord back in, only i did it upside down! What i get for rushing…

    3. Third time lucky! – i got it installed correctly.

    I didn’t mount it to the wall as i wanted to see if it would manage to pull the blinds, to my surprise it did!

    Its not the fastest in the world, but it does work, i reckon if you where just closing the angle of the blinds and not opening and closing fully it would be much faster. My blinds span about 2meters….

    The power cord is about 2meters in length, its long than the door length in my flat. Its a little noisy but not unbearable

    Some pics for viewing pleasure.

    https://plus.google.com/photos/107435618556862279580/albums/5945103109793892657

    Wes

    9 x 1 Gang Dimmer, 3 x Plug-In On/Off Sockets, 1 x Wi-Fi Link, 6 x Door Sensor, 3 x Mood Switch, 3 x Wireless Switch, 2 x PIR, 2 x Relay. Non Lightwave, 1 x RXFCOM, 1 x Raspberry PI, 3 x THN132N, 1 x OWL CM160. RFXcmd.py, php, apache, javascript, siri proxy, Arduino Remote.. Working on a pebble app...
    #10230
     pauly says:

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    HIs it just on, goes until its finished, then off/on it will go the other way…? As i typed this i think i worked it out Just put a wireless socket on it?

    Yep I use a sequence, so power to the socket, pause 3 seconds, then power off.

    @moreno5 it is not silent, but it’s not noisy either I think it’s fine. It’s only in operation for a few seconds a day. I’ll try and do a video tomorrow, see if that gives an impression.

    Surprised they say it’s not suitable for any kind of curtain, It is pretty easy to use so I’m wondering about trying it out for other purposes like drawing some normal curtains, that don’t currently have any sort of mechanism… Will report back if I do!

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    #10231
     moreno5 says:

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    I am not sure if their is anything out there for Roman blinds. It isn’t one single cord, although they could be combined to make one single cord. Plus the cord goes through this to stop it from going anywhere, but then again I could push one of these back.

    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=0O8QfuQOEOg1dM&tbnid=uCA-LSzUEoG5WM:&ved=0CAIQjBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lescalefurnishings.co.uk%2Fimage%2Fcache%2Fdata%2Fcord%2520lock1-500×500.jpg&ei=VUaBUsOROYOL0AWc_oHgBw&bvm=bv.56146854,d.ZG4&psig=AFQjCNGW-FFgD7qUuER2HTvG6EWmK8j5qA&ust=1384290245937379

    #18136
     elbartino says:

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    Hi , just got one of these. can any one tell me can i control is using the Lightwave Link (as they are both RF) and via the app? if so any one give me an idea of how to do that? thanks in advance

    #19114
     Billing says:

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    I have just fitted three electric motors to my vertical blinds in my conservatory works like a dream
    Got them from eBay for £35 each, here is the link

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorised-Electric-Curtain-Blind-Controller-RF-Remote-Control-and-Light-Sensor-/251969481092

    the remote control module which comes with the unit is compatible with the Lightwave rf linkage it uses the same frequency as the LWRF Link,, you do not need a relay switch, just press the link button on the LW wifi link until it flashes then press the depressed button on th remote module of the Unit until the led in the module flashes red and u r linked to the Lightwave rf wifi link then go to the app on ur smartphone and add on the unit as an on/off unit give it a name u like n ur up n running, u will be able to control ur blinds from ur app.

    #19115
     nrosen says:

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    Hi, I love this, but can it work on batteries instead of mains?

    #19179
     Billing says:

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    No. It works from mains on a 12v transformer. comes with a remote but if u have a lightwave link it can be controlled from your app.

    #21312
     Coogz says:

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    the remote control module which comes with the unit is compatible with the Lightwave rf linkage it uses the same frequency as the LWRF Link,, you do not need a relay switch, just press the link button on the LW wifi link until it flashes then press the depressed button on th remote module of the Unit until the led in the module flashes red and u r linked to the Lightwave rf wifi link then go to the app on ur smartphone and add on the unit as an on/off unit give it a name u like n ur up n running, u will be able to control ur blinds from ur app.

    Hi there, bought this device off your recommendation above.. I’ve managed to link it to the WifiLink as described but when controlling it, it only stays on for about 1 second. So you need to press about 4 times in the app to open/close completely. Is this how it is or any idea what the issue might be?

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