electric or motorized shades and drapes?

dandylandyAugust 27, 2010

Hi, I hope this is the correct forum for this question.

I searched the message board and found an old thread from 2007 about lighting control that mentioned Crestron, Lutron, Vantage and other fancy systems.

However, all I am looking for is a remote control to point at my bedroom drapes and blackout shades in the morning so they can open while I'm still lying in bed.

It would be much appreciated if someone could point me in the direction of a company that can do this and not charge an arm and a leg.


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You probably would have to buy motorized rods for the draperies. I know that Hunter Douglas makes motorized shades but I am not aware of a system to retrofit existing shades. I have included a link to one manufacturer for motorized drapery rods.

Here is a link that might be useful: Automated Shades

    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 11:56AM
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BTW, Lutron provides lighting solutions. They work with other devices. For example, in our home theater, we are going to use a motorized rod system for our stage that connects to a contact closure device which then communicates to our Lutron system (that controls all the lighting in the room). That is a rather expensive way to do what you want so I would stick with a system where you talk directly to the rods.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 11:59AM
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Lutron makes roller shades, roman woven woods, roman fabric and drapes. Different versions can talk directly to Radio RA2 or Homeworks as well as to the new Grafik Eye.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 1:36AM
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We have the Grafik Eye system in our home theater and it's absolutely amazing!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 4:00PM
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You might be able to keep your existing drapes, but you'll definitely have to replace the curtain track with an electrical one to function with the remote control. Hunter Douglas and Lutron do offer good motorized shade products as mentioned. Somfy is another good one to look at for home automation. The best bet to find an inexpensive deal is shop through your local home integrators or window treatment installers, which might be willing to negotiate more. Where do you live? I've placed a link to the place I know in New York, but they don't list a lot of details about motorization on their site, you have to visit the showroom

Here is a link that might be useful: Motorized Shades

    Bookmark   September 3, 2010 at 12:20PM
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