Motorized Window Shades – Somfy Vs Lutron – QED and Sonnesse on blindsontime.com

Somfy and Lutron both offer tubular motors for raising and lowering interior motorized window shades. Lutron sells the motor and shade together while Somfy sells just the motor which can be combined with any window shade. Both companies also sell controls (wall switches, remotes and interfaces) that are used to operate their respective motors.

In the late 90′s, Lutron introduced the QED (Quiet Electronic Drive) which it paired with its own brand of shades (roller shades mostly). The product made big waves for being practically noiseless. This was a classic example of redefining the parameters of competition in an industry. Beforethe advent of Lutron’s quiet motors, consumers did not even know that motor noise level was or would become a factor in their motorized shade purchase decisions. Only in the last couple of years has Somfy caught up to the QED’s noiselessness. Today, there is still a difference, but it is slight and most consumers do not consider it a deciding factor.

Somfy manufactures two different types of ‘quiet’ motors used in motorized window shades; an AC powered version (ST50) and a more recently introduced DC powered version (ST30). Lutron’s QED Motors are all low voltage, DC Motors. The difference between AC and DC power is that the former is high voltage while the latter is low voltage. AC Power is the same as the power received from plugging a cord into a standard wall outlet. Low voltage is powered by that same outlet but the cord has a transformer (think of a cell phone cord or a computer power cord with their boxes on the plug on in the middle of a cord – that is a transformer) and reducing or ‘knocking down’ the high voltage power received from the outlet to low voltage power. A main reason that DC power is important is that fewer building code issues arise and no electrician is required for wiring low voltage powered motorized window shades. Absent an electrician, wiring costs and job complexity are both considerably reduced.

The QED is available in three different sizes called the QED64, QED100 and QED225. The number gives a rough gauge of the square footage of fabric that the motor is designed to lift. For example, the QED64 can lift a shade up to 8 feet x 8 feet, the QED100 can lift a shade up to 10 feet x 10 feet and the QED225 can lift a shade up to 15′ x 15′ – this size motor is only very rarely required for residential applications. These are approximations only, in the field, these motors are known to actually lift more than these numeric values imply. The size of the motor affects its diameter which determines the diameter of the tube that the motor uses. Lutron’s QED64 uses a 1 5/8″ tube, the 100 uses a 2 ½” tube and the larger 225 uses a 3 1/2″ tube. Tube diameter is important mostly for determining how wide motorized shades can be without bending (deflection). A bent tube means that fabric will not roll up properly. The fabric will sag causing creases- this is not acceptable. Therefore motor size is as much about shade width as it is about lifting capacity.

Somfy’s quiet motors, known as the Sonnesse line, also use different tube sizes. The ST30 uses a 1 1/2″ tube, the ST50 can use either a 2″ or 2 1/2″ tube*. The lifting capacity of the ST50 falls somewhere between the 100 and 225. For very large applications, Somfy has larger motors, but to date, they are not in the Sonnesse (quiet) product line. It is very rare that a motor larger than an ST50 is needed for interior applications. This is true even if multiple shades are driven by a single motor.

Both the QED and Sonnesse motors have proven to be reliable and both come with 5 year warranties.

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Latest Trends on Home Improvement – Roman Shade Blinds on blindsontime.com

Decorating our house has always been a special thing for us, since our house speaks our taste and spirit. Your house could express your identity, and this is why we all show closer interest in making its look unique and classy. When it comes to interior designs, we’ll never forget to embellish the house with the most enticing Roman Shades and Blends.

With quite different window shades available on the stores, the affluence of Roman Shade Blinds stands out from the rest! Never mind you are to fix these Roman blinds and shades in a blackout or small filter; they are proven to be the best light controllers featuring brilliant room insulation. Being designed with exclusive fabric shades and colors, they promise to give a complete beauty and elegance to your room.

Besides these, the flexibility of the Roman Shade Blinds matches and adapts any window style and also you can find your choice of Roman Shades with your desires colors, patterns, style and finishing too. No matter what your choice is, whether a tear drop or a flat fold, you can find them on the nearby outlets. When you are ready to shop the Roman shades, you can find a variety of designs and patterns available. A kind of roman shade known as the double room shade is known for its versatile look and also the material used is just exclusive and rich.

Roman shade blinds are not just used to decor your house and windows, but also helps to protect yourself from the overweening heat of sunlight too. In general, the Roman blinds and shades are designed out of an extensive fabric piece having supple folds being attached to the most portion of your window pane. On drawing it upwards you could bring in the lights into the home, and otherwise you can bring utter darkness too. With different style, design and patterns, you can find variety of Roman blinds and shades out there for sale.

Elders say that a home getting it balanced sunlight makes us live healthy…! Roman Shade Blinds abide this byword, and it is always health conscious. They do not completely block the sunlight; rather it filters the harmful Ultra Violet rays and lets in balanced daylight that never harms your well-being. This entails that, you are assured to get balanced natural light all through the day and thus your skin, eyes, and dwelling is enshrouded with sensational effect. Best of all, the Roman shades facilitates to those working in front of desktop for a long time.

Withal, the Roman blinds and shades lets very minimal dust to enter through the window and moreover they leaves the windows remain spotless for days… Maintaining these shades is absolutely simple, where you can ask the dealer if it requires any particular cleaner for use. With internet, you can find the best outlets offering discounts and rebates. Visit those stores and place your orders after detailed inquires and comparisons.

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Roller Shades – Economy and Style on blindsontime.com

Interior decoration: Whether it be by yourself or with a professional, the results can be quite expensive. Even for an amateur job, the cost of the materials themselves will quickly reach the thousands. It is important to spend each dollar wisely in order to get the most out of your money. One popular element in redecorating where the price can change considerably based on what and where you buy is blinds.

Roller shades are an alternative to wood blinds that cost much less, yet carry a sophisticated, minimalistic image. Roller shades are sleek and simple. The post modern movement is especially well expressed in the simple fabric sheet, as opposed to the cacophony of venetian blinds. To get even more experimental, consider printed roller blinds. The material can have patterns and even pictures printed on them by a custom manufacturer. All roller shades use a single piece of stiffened material that can come in any color.

Coated roller shades do a good job of blocking out light, while thinner fabric models are more for privacy and decoration. The plastic coated type usually comes with a pattern or color theme. With these options, picking your shades should depend on the interior of the room you are decorating, and your light control needs.

For a room where sunlight is wanted, a sheer fabric blind will allow natural light to filter into the room during the day. In the daytime, these can provide light and conserve electricity even when pulled down.

In rooms sensitive to sunlight you need a different kind of shade. Sunlight sensitivity refers to either UV damage to furniture or just a sleeping area you want to keep dark. In these areas use an opaque shade that blocks all light. Even opaque roller shades may allow some intense light to come through. You may need additional curtains or other window coverings to achieve the desired effect. So for total control opt for what the industry calls “blackout shades.” These blinds completely prevent light and are good for home theater and privacy.

Be careful with corded shades, as the cord may tangle up children and pets. Automatic and cordless shades do away with this danger. Of course mechanical shades need power, and there is little lazier than someone who needs a remote to move their shades.

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