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Controlling Blinds and Motorised systems with Fibaro

Controlling window blinds and curtains is easy to do using Fibaro's Z-Wave Relays or dedicated Blind Controller.

This guide shows you how to install the Fibaro Roller Shutter 2 or Fibaro Relay Modules to control curtains, blinds, awnings, garage doors or anything with a motor.

For this guide we will use the example of a window blind but the information will apply to any motorised system

Standard 230V Blind / Motor System

Standard 230V Blind Motor SystemFigure 1: A standard 230v mains (AC) motor system for blinds or awnings.

This standard system has a wall switch that controls the motor direction by supplying 230V mains (AC) power to either side of the motors windings.

Installing the Fibaro Blind Control

The Fibaro Blind control is designed to control 230V powered motors, it has two switched contacts that can control the motor's direction (Up/Down). It can be controlled by the local switch or via the Z-Wave network. The Blind control also has a 'learn' feature that you can use to automatically position the blind in your favourite position.

Installing the Fibaro Blind Control to control a 230V motorFigure 2: Installing the Fibaro Blind Control to control a 230V motor.

An additional feature of the Fibaro Blind Control is that the two outputs cannot both be active at the same time. In other words, it will not provide power to both Up and Down sides of the motor. This is important as if this happened it would damage the motor and could cause a risk of fire.

Alternative Installation for 24V Systems

For low voltage (24V DC) motor systems such as curtain tracks or cinema screens, we suggest using the Fibaro 2x1.5KW dual relay. This relay has two channels enabling it to control the motor's direction and it can be powered from the motor's 24V DC power supply.

Note: You must ensure that you do not activate both the relay's channels at the same time as this will cause power to be applied to both sides of the motor and will cause damage to the motor.

Installing the Fibaro 2x1.5KW Relay into a 24V motor systemFigure 3: Installing the Fibaro 2x1.5KW Relay into a 24V motor system.

Fibaro Blind Control and Relay Connections

For these examples we used the Fibaro Blind Control (FGR211) and the 2x1.5KW Relay (FGS221):

Fibaro Blind Control Connections

  • N – Neutral - connected to circuit neutral
  • L – Live - connected to circuit permanent live (230V AC)
  • O1 - Output power to motor (Up)
  • O2 - Output power to motor (Down)
  • S2 – connection to Switch 2 (controls O2)
  • S1 – connection to Switch 1 (controls O1)

Fibaro 2x1.5KW Relay Connections

  • N – Neutral - connected to circuit neutral
  • L – Live - connected to circuit permanent live (230V AC or 24V DC)
  • I - Load power supply - connected to L in this example
  • O1 - Output power to motor (Up)
  • O2 - Output power to motor (Down)
  • S2 – connection to Switch 2 (controls O2)
  • S1 – connection to Switch 1 (controls O1)

Disclaimer:

Installing the Fibaro Dimmer modules involve working with 230V mains wiring. If you are not comfortable doing this you should consult a qualified electrician. This application note is provided as a guide, all work is carried out at your own risk. Vesternet do not accept any responsibility or liability.

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