You might already be familiar with home automation such as Alexa and Google homes controlling your television, media players, or even your lights. You might even have your security systems connected to your smart home devices and controls. What if you can control the natural lighting of your home with motorized smart blind or automatic blind systems?!
What are motorized smart Blinds?
Motorized blinds go by many names: Automated Blinds, Smart shade, roller shades.
Whatever they may be called it is as just as it sounds, an automatic blind, shades, or curtain that is programmed to your comfort or controlled remotely. As a subset of light control systems, modernized smart binds like the ones Sphere AV install are compatible with many home automation systems like Control 4, Alexa, or the smartphone you have.
It’s the weekend and you are woken up from the bright shining sun when all you wanted to do was rest after a long week from work. Smart shades can be pre-programmed to not open till you are ready to wake up. Imagine how that extra 30 minutes or an hour will feel when you have the uninterrupted feeling of full rest.
How are they operated?
Most automated blinds are battery-powered. Though it gives a very natural and seamless look, battery-powered is the most recommended option. The downside of it is that the battery will have to be replaced frequently depending on the usage and battery life.
Other options like DC adaptors and having it hard wired is less maintenance and more efficient for future uses compared to solar-powered motorized blinds may be less efficient due to the amount of sunlight received per window may differ.
Are motorized blinds worth it?
There are pros and cons to everything but motorized blinds definitely is a must have. Here are some pros
Most automated blinds or motorized blinds do not have cords hanging off of them resulting in a more minimalist look to any window. It is also a safety aspect! Motorized blinds with no cords mean you won’t have to worry about your children or fur-babies hurting themselves by playing with the dangling cords.
Comfort and Ease
You may have a custom window where closing the curtains or blinds is a huge two man job. With automated curtains, opening and closing them is easy as a click of a button. No more wrestling with those 10ft curtains.
Let’s say you’re going out of town and like the peace of mind that your home is safe from intruders. You can set up timers for your automated blinds or remotely raise & lower your shades. This will throw off any suspicion that you are not home. Secondly you can also control how much light your plants will receive.
During the day your windows are more visible to let the sunlight in but when it gets darker your home is fully exposed unless you shut the blinds or close your curtains. Smart blinds or curtains can be preprogrammed to close as the sun goes down. This means you don’t have to worry about the privacy of your home as the smart blinds will close gradually as the sunsets to have natural light skim through and close completely after it is dark outside.
It’s not just blinds, it’s a lifestyle
Motorized blinds give you the ability to control the natural lighting coming into your home. This can mean cutting down on harsh UV rays that do enter your home from the windows and protecting your delicate furniture from sun damage.
Increase Sleep and Rest
According to the sleep foundation: “Light is the most important external factor affecting readiness for sleep. Before the advent of electricity, humans woke and slept in sync with the rising and setting of the sun, but now lights in our homes, electronics, and light pollution outside have made the relationship between light and sleep much more complex.”
With smart blinds you are in control of the natural light. Having a complete dark room promotes a healthy internal clock and allowing your body to get optimal rest.
However, with everything positive, there’s also a negative.
Smart Blinds are typically more on the “high-end” side compared to many other home automation or smart technologies due to the functionalities it provides however there are many DIY options you can purchase from Amazon or your neighborhood hardware stores at an affordable price.
With any smart technology doing it yourself means you may be missing out on the opportunity to fully utilize the smart blind’s full functionality and benefit……or incorrect installation.
If you already have light control systems or smart home automation systems installed in your home, consult with your contractors or us at Sphere AV to find out the best motorized blind options for your home.