Most modern window covering products have the option of motorization, which includes blinds/shades and drapery. Trendy Blinds is a leader in the manufacture of motorized smart blinds, shades and drapery in Greater Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo region in Ontario, Canada. Furthermore, we are a certified Somfy Expert and purchase Somfy motors direct from Somfy (the world leading window coverings motor manufacturer) to give our customers guaranteed best prices in Canada for top quality motors for our blinds, shades and drapery.
What are the motorization options for your home?
There are 3 main factors to consider in choosing the right motorization solution for your home:
Need for automation
Window Covering choices
1. Need for Automation
A few common considerations include:
Is the window hard to reach?
Is the window too big e.g. wide windows where drawing the drapery panels manually require a lot of back and forth. Or very tall windows.
Is there a predictable schedule for when you need to operate the shades, open or close? e.g. shades down when going to work.
Do I need to control multiple window coverings at a room level to achieve the desired settings.
Do you want the shades/drapery to centrally control by a home automation system so you can push one button to create a Scene setting. e.g. movie showing scene – lights off, blinds down or drapery drawn closed, speakers on, etc.
2. Window Covering Choices
Different products are used to achieve different set of light control, privacy, outside viewing and design aesthetics. In a room with multiple windows, there might be a need to simultaneously control multiple window coverings to achieve the desired end settings. Some window shades or drapery may need a 3rd position besides full open or full close. Also depending on the size and weight (especially of large drapery, certain power sources are required like hardwired or plug-in AC.
With the right advice from a motorization expert, you can the results you want at the right price with long-term reliability in mind.
We offer a broad range of control and interfaces that makes it easier than ever to integrate motorized shading and drapery with third-party control systems regardless of technology or brand. We have solutions to fit all project needs, regardless of shade specifications, power or technology requirements.
Our products integrate with many different third-party technologies:
Radio Technology Somfy® (RTS): Allows wireless radio control of motorized applications via the RTS family of controls
Somfy Digital NetworkTM (SDN) RS485 is a control method that uses a two-wired bus.
Z-Wave® is an interoperable, 2-way RF mesh networking technology used for both residential and light commercial automation applications
Zigbee® Protocol is a low-powered RF mesh networking technology which uses the reliable 2.4Ghz standard for both residential and commercial applications
Internet Protocol Allows bidirectional shade integration over a local network.
Dry Contact input for basic low voltage control that is compatible with most home automation systems.
Third-Party Automation Systems
Whether its high-end hardwired Home Automation systems like Crestron or Control4 or the latest wireless consumer grade solutions like Amazon Alexa, we can ensure that our motorized window covering products can integrate with the system of your choice.
[Savant, Crestron, Control4, Leviton, RTI, Vantage, Savant, Elan, AMX, URC, Wink, Nexia, Iris, SmartThings, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT – If This Then That]
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Here's a short video on Somfy Drapery motor products:
Here's a short video on Somfy MyLink App for controlling motorized blinds and shades:
Here's a short video on us installing hardwired low voltage DC motorized Combi/Zebra shades for high windows: