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There are many different electric blinds motors. For electric roller blinds, venetian and wooden venetian blinds, we currently only sell battery operated blinds on-line. This is because battery operated blinds are a simple install for the DIY customer.
Please call us on 0161 494 9616 if you require 24v DC or 230v DC electric blinds. We can provide quotations advice and even an install service.
If you are unsure as to whether you need a 24v or 230v electric blinds, as opposed to battery powered, please just ask our advice. There is also some guidance below.
Availability of Power Outlets: 24v DC or 230v AC motors require a mains electricity outlet - meaning a plug socket or preferably a switched fuse spur. So, battery operated motors are great if you don't have an electricity point near to your window, or don't want to go to the expense of hiring an electrician to install an electricity point.
Blind Size: Battery blind powered motors only have the torque to automate blinds at the small/medium end of the spectrum. On larger blinds above 4-5sqm, we recommend using 24v DC or 230v AC motors. See further info below on size restrictions.
Battery Costs: The other benefit of mains powered electric blinds is that you don't have to keep changing the batteries! It's worth weighing up, how often you are going to use your blinds. On a single up, and single down cycle per day, batteries will last approximately 1 year on average. But consider that the larger the blind, the more energy will be used and the shorter the battery life. Also consider that solar powered rechargeable batteries are available for some products - please call and ask about these.
Maintenance Time and Cost: Related to the above, consider that the larger the number of blinds, the more maintenance time a battery operated motor will need. If you are looking at an installation with say 10+ blinds, spread throughout a larger building, then perhaps mains powered electric blinds would be better than battery powered. I would always recommend mains powered for commercial installations.
In terms of size restrictions - as an example, I have included a table below which shows the recommended maximum sizes for electric roller blinds with battery operated motors. The blue area shows where only relatively light weight fabric should be used. The black area is where we recommend you upgrade to a 24v or 230v motor, regardless of fabric due to the size.
In the above table SQM refers to the square metrage of the blind (width in metres x drop in metres). As a further rule of thumb:
- Lightweight fabric blind (250g /m sq) - up to maximum 5sqm
- Heavyweight fabric blinds (550g /m sq) - up to maximum 4sqm
If you have any questions, need a quote for mains powered electric blinds or just advice about the which motor is best for you, please do not hesitate to call our team on 0161 491 9616. You can buy electric blinds from our battery operated range by following the link.
Better Blind Company Limited are an accredited Somfy Expert Retailer of Electric Blinds.
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Please take note of the following cut off dates for delivery prior to Christmas. To guarantee delivery prior to Christmas, please place your order before 12noon on the dates specified.
Orders placed after the cut off date & during the Christmas closure, will be subject to the standard lead times, with lead times being calculated from 3rd January 2013.
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