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Automated Blinds, Shutters and Awnings

Automated Blinds, Awnings and Shutters

Why Automate your Blinds?

Adding home automation to your blinds brings comfort and convenience to your smart home, but also helps reduce your energy usage and increases your home's security. And, it's not just blinds - any awning, sun shade, shutter or even garage door can be controlled automatically or remotely.


Your blinds can be set to automatically close when the sun goes down, making your home more cosy and comfortable. In the morning, they can open slowly, or even to a preset position to wake you gently.


No need to go around your home opening and closing blinds, they can look after themselves based on automatic schedules, or you can operate them from your smartphone whether you're at home or away. You'll never forget to close them again - even if you're on holiday!

Saving Energy

You can significantly reduce your energy costs by automating your blinds to react to temperature and light level. Lowering the blinds, when the temperature rises with the sun streaming through the windows, will lower the room temperature - saving air conditioning costs. Opening them during cold winter months to harvest heat from the sun and then closing them as night draws in can save heating costs.


Having shutters and blinds close automatically at night or when you're away from home increases your home's security. The less of your valuables that can be see from outside, the less chance that a burglar will take a chance on breaking into your home. If you're away on vacation, you can have the blinds open and close at irregular intervals, making it look like you're still at home.

Child Safe by Design

New legislation has been introduced governing how blinds that operated by chains or looped cords are installed. This follows a number of tragic incidents involving young children becoming entangled in blind cords/chains. Wirelessly operated blinds have no cord or chain, so there is no hazard to young children as they are 'Child Safe by Design".

Less Maintenance

Manually operating blinds, whether it's pulling them down or pulling a chain, takes a toll on the blinds. And if you've ever seen how children slam them down, you'll know what I mean. Sooner or later they'll need maintaining or fixing as they've broken. Motorised blinds work in a smoother way, minimising wear and tear, and extending their life. Automating your blinds and shutters saves money in more ways than one.

Automated blinds - your reality

Bringing wireless control to your blinds and shutters has real benefits and it's relatively easy to do using home automation systems from Vesternet.

Our Z-Wave systems offer a great range of home automation features allowing them to expand with you and control many more things around your home.

Z-Wave is a wireless home automation technology supported by many vendors. It enables you to easily build a system that covers your complete home and it will automatically tell you which blinds and shutters are open or closed - you always know what's happening in your home.

Automated Blinds, Awnings and Shutters with home automation

Choosing Blinds and how to Control them

There are lots of types of blind and shutter systems available, so it's best to research your options and choose them carefully. We have products that work with almost all kinds of blind and shutter, including Roller, Roman, Venetian, Vertical, Shutter, Awning and even garage doors. As well as the products listed below we have a huge range of installation and configuration guides, all backed by our renowned technical support.

Mains Powered - 230V

These are one of the most common systems available. They're operated by having the motor directly powered via a wireless controller, this drives the motor in either direction and allows you to pause it or send it to a 'favourite' position.

Fibaro Roller Shutter 2

  • Purposely designed to work with all types of 230V roller blind, shutter or awning motor.
  • This tiny module can fit behind a wall switch or close to the motor.
  • See below for more technical information.

Low-Voltage - 24V

Low-voltage blinds typically work on 24V. These systems usually only have two wires to the motor and use a 'polarity reversal' system to drive the motor in either direction. These motors often have direct connections or a controller that enables you to control them from an external switch. You can add remote control by connecting a wireless relay (switch).

Fibaro 2x1.5Kw Relay

  • Dual Relay (Switch) that can provide wireless control of the motor or the vendor's motor controller.
  • Tiny module installs alongside the motor or even inside the motor control unit.
  • See below for more technical information.

Low Voltage - InfraRed

Many low-voltage systems also include an InfraRed controller. These systems may include a wired control unit, in which case you may use a wireless Relay like the previous example. The alternative is to use a IR adapter that enables your home automation system to send IR commands to your blinds. The benefit of this approach is that it's quick and easy, with no wiring involved.

iTach IR Adapters

  • Connects to your home's Wi-Fi network, allowing your home automation system to control your blinds using IR.
  • Available in Wi-Fi, and Ethernet version to suit your network.

Wireless - 230V and 24V

There are a number of systems coming to market that have in-built wireless control. These are rarely Z-Wave compatible, but they do often use wireless systems that can be controlled from the home automation controller. These can be controlled by combining the home automation controller with an additional transceiver.

RFXcom RFXtrx433E

  • Connects to the home automation controller allowing it to control 433MHz blinds and shutters.
  • Supports a wide range of blind types including Forrest, Harris Curtain, RollerTrol and Somfy
  • See below for more technical information.

Technical Guides

These guides and videos show how these various systems can be integrated with Vesternet's home automation products. Many are based on Somfy systems, but the same principles apply whichever blind system you're using.

Getting Help and Advice

We can advise you on all aspects of home automation, and even though we don't sell blinds and shutters, we can recommend some companies that will help you select the right blinds for your home - including custom made solutions.

Copyright Vesternet 2014

Updated: 27/6/2014

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