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Old 2014-06-30, 11:07 AM
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Question Pre-wire for motorized blinds?

Does anyone have experience having installed motorized blinds? My home is currently pre-construction and one option we're considering for window treatments in an 'open to above' area of the house is to put motorized blinds on the second story.

Is pre-wiring important in this case? If yes, any advice on whether there is a 'standard/common' wire-type that can be pre-run to leave options open for different blinds/company options later on (after close)?

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Old 2014-06-30, 01:51 PM
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A friend of mine is in an older home an was thinking of motorized blinds. He says there is a solar power option that would save him the headaches of running power..

Might be worth looking into..
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Old 2014-06-30, 09:48 PM
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We are installing a lot of motorized shades these days.

You need to know what type of system you will be using.

Hunter Douglas, Lutron, Crestron, etc.. all use different wiring.
Some use line voltage, some use low-voltage, some need control wiring.
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are any solar powered(Battery power with solar recharge)? Or was my friend misinformed?
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Old 2014-06-30, 11:02 PM
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No idea. But I will tell you that the battery powered units are quite loud.
We only sell shade product from Crestron which is manual and motorized..exceptionally quite motorized shades.
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We are installing a lot of motorized shades these days.

You need to know what type of system you will be using.

Hunter Douglas, Lutron, Crestron, etc.. all use different wiring.
Some use line voltage, some use low-voltage, some need control wiring.
Thank you Greg. I was afraid of this situation. It seems there are an awful lot of variables. Since I'm working with a production builder and not a custom house, these kind of things can be challenging to navigate. How much trouble am I causing myself if I wait until after possession to run the lines etc?
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Old 2014-07-07, 10:41 PM
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Running wiring post construction to the top of window frames means cutting open and repairing of drywall. If you are comfortable with that, you should be fine.

Alternatively, Hunter Douglas has a battery powered line. I don't like them because of the noise they make, but if that is your only choice then that's what you can do.
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Thank you Greg. I'm not a big fan of battery powered anything so am going to investigate a little further to find out whether this is something we're going to pursue. Cheers.
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