Smart blinds and remote blinds are sometimes terms that are used synonymously with one another. However, the truth is that while both types of blinds can be raised and closed from a distance, there are a few significant differences that set them apart from one another. The miracle of technology should not go unnoticed, for it was mere decades ago when even remote blinds were a distant dream. And today, they’re nearly obsolete. And yet remote-controlled vertical blinds have been in the world and on every home decorator’s mind for a long time, and still continue to do so today. So how does one go about dealing with technology that can light up your home with very little energy costs? Simple, you get it when you can!
Remote-Controlled Blinds and Shades:
Remote blinds first came into being at a time when going wireless was all the rage. The miracle of Marconi’s wireless designs had become widespread at this point and everyone wanted in on the new tech craze (apart from a few nay-sayers of course). But as amazing as remote blinds were (and some remote-controlled shades still are!), they did indeed have their own limitations.
• The earlier edition of remote-controlled blinds was far too expensive for most potential homeowners. But as time passed by, that is no longer the case. Remote-controlled blinds are now affordable and easy-to-use as manufacturers eventually worked out most of the kinks. In-fact, even their durability and the materials used have greatly improved.
• Even the once-expensive power cells installed in the remote blinds and remote shades are no longer necessary. These days, remote blinds are powered by a different source of power.
• As long as you have sunny days, your blinds will never run out of power thanks to solar panels that can be used to power the motors. However, given that not all remote blinds are fitted in areas where they can get enough sunlight; battery-operated remote control motorized shades and d.c adapter motorized shades (plugged in) are a good choice.
• Remote controlled shades are extremely useful when you’re trying to add light and heat absorption to hard-to-reach windows that are desperately in need of light and temperature control
• Remote controlled shades come with a remote, and losing it may be quite troublesome as it might be difficult to control your blinds if you do not have a spare.
• Even large scale controls could be set up for an array of remote-controlled blinds using the existing Z-wave technology that became prevalent in the past. One could set up hundreds of blinds on the same network as long as they have the knowledge to do so.
Smart Blinds and Shades (what makes them so smart??)
“Smart” is a term that is nowadays attributed to any device that connects to the internet and comes with additional properties because of it. Most smart devices are meant to sync up with your laptop or your smartphone and can be operated from anywhere. Smart blinds and shades are no different. The key behind their operation is that they can be controlled through your smartphone. And if you have other smart devices set up then the smart blinds can simply be added to the same app that controls the rest (provided they are compatible)
• A lot of the foundation required for smart roller blinds was already taken care of as remote-controlled blinds were perfected. So smart roller blinds can do everything remote-controlled blinds can do and even more in some cases. They can be controlled from virtually anywhere as long as you have a functioning wi-fi connection.
• Smart blinds can be scheduled and automated with ease. You can even schedule your blinds to open and close whenever you please, or according to certain conditions. Just set up your blinds to close in the late afternoon so you can come to a nice cool home during a hot summer!
• Smart shades are also especially useful for hard-to-reach places, the difference is that you don’t need to point your phone at the window to operate it.
• While large scale operations with smart shades are definitely possible, it will require some extensions and other nodes in order to sustain the massive influx of information from multiple points.
• Even standard remote-controlled shades or cheap motorized shades can be turned on with your phone if you just invest in a smart switch instead.