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    I'm exploring the options for remote-controlled motorised roman blinds. The windows are at first floor level in a double height entrance hall so any sort of regular access to them for battery recharging is not really possible and the client would prefer not to have to install wiring in her newly restored and decorated hall!
    Would the Decorquip li-ion rechargeable battery and solar panel charger work in this context and do remote controllers function well at that distance?

    I'd be very pleased to hear from anyone who has experience of using this or any other system.

    Thank you.

    Best wishes
    Liz

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    Re: motorised roman blinds

    As a specialist roller blind manufacturer, we have a Lithium battery system of our own. There is a solar cell trickle charge option to keep the battery topped up, but of particular interest to me is your question about remote control range.

    Most European spec systems will have a 'clear line of sight' range of at least 200m, or around 30m indoors through standard house building materials. Steel floors or reinforced concrete are a challenge, but in the same room, your client will have no problems. Personally, I am a fan of radio wall switches for simple installations in homes as the remote can't disappear!

    I hope this helps

    Richard

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    • #3
      Re: motorised roman blinds

      Thank you Richard, that is reassuring to know. I can continue talking to my client about this option without leading her up the garden path!

      Best wishes
      Liz

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      • #4
        Re: motorised roman blinds

        Hello Liz - my apologies for a delayed response! Yes the remote control and solar powered option should work. As Richard says, most radio systems (ours included) will work from a considerable distance. The Solar panel should be fine as long as it is getting the sunlight it needs. Feel free to get in touch with myself or the team here if you have any further questions!
        Peter Ford ¦ Decorquip

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        • #5
          Re: motorised roman blinds

          Thank you very much for your reply Peter.

          I have another question- most roman blinds need some dressing when they are raised- how would you recommend lining and interlining them to enable them to raise and lower without tucking up or creasing? Two of the blinds in question will be at 1st floor level in a double height hallway with no access for sorting out any problems.
          Would bonded interlining and a stiffer lining fabric help? The blind in your video behaves perfectly!

          Best wishes
          Liz

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          • #6
            Re: motorised roman blinds

            Hi Liz I have two Decorquip motorised blinds in my sitting room. I am pleased with the overall way they work as I don't have to move my sofas every morning and evening to open and close! They were very easy to set up with the upper and lower limits and it's just so easy to click a button to raise and lower!

            I made my blinds with blackout bonded interlining and a good quality cotton sateen lining and they fall in to the folds beautifully.

            My only two small issues with these headrails are
            1) they are in full sunlight for much of the day and the Velcro dots that are supposed to hold the batteries on the back of the headrails lost their 'sticky' within a few weeks and the batteries keep falling off and that of course means that they then don't work! It's a bit of a fiddle to plug the batteries back in when the blinds are down I don't have time to sort them out at the moment so the batteries are propped up on the small top opening window - which is not a good look for a curtain maker!! I am going to have to try and find a way of attaching them to the back of the headrails again, but it will have to wait until January!!
            2) the batteries need to be charged more often than expected, so far I have had to charge them twice since installing in September. I phoned to ask about the solar trickle charging but was told by the office this is only available for roller blinds at present. I am now considering getting mains plugs and extension leads but until I get the pelmet and dress curtains up to hide the wires that will have to wait also.

            On the whole they are great, just a couple of problems to overcome!
            Marian
            Interiors, Made by Marian

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            • #7
              Re: motorised roman blinds

              Thanks for that feedback Marian! One suggestion I had from a customer the other day re the small velcro dots was to use Zip Ties to fix them to the headrail. Our new Li-ion batteries (Larger ones) come with brackets now. On your second point, this is not actually correct - the Solar panel CAN be used with our Roman Motors and Liion batteries. I will speak to the team here about that, so thanks for flagging it up!
              Peter Ford ¦ Decorquip

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              • #8
                Re: motorised roman blinds

                Originally posted by Liz Gregg View Post
                Thank you very much for your reply Peter.

                I have another question- most roman blinds need some dressing when they are raised- how would you recommend lining and interlining them to enable them to raise and lower without tucking up or creasing? Two of the blinds in question will be at 1st floor level in a double height hallway with no access for sorting out any problems.
                Would bonded interlining and a stiffer lining fabric help? The blind in your video behaves perfectly!

                Best wishes
                Liz
                I am not 100% on this questions Liz! Our curtain maker sources her own linings (I am not 100% where from). Thanks to Marian for her input - the sewing people on this forum would be in a better position to comment I think. I know we made some fairly large blinds for Kevin (MD's) house and the work and behave well too.
                Peter Ford ¦ Decorquip

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                • #9
                  Re: motorised roman blinds

                  Liz, I interline my blinds with bonded interlining and they are pulled up and bagged for delivery. Once up, there have never been any problems with having to redress them. Perhaps I have been lucky in the fabrics that have been used!
                  Kind regards
                  Pen Harrison
                  Colly Brook Fine Furnishings

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                  • #10
                    Re: motorised roman blinds

                    Thank you Peter, that is a good idea about the ties. You say you have new Li-ion batteries, have these changed since I bought them in late August? Would they last longer between charging?

                    I was given the information about the solar panels approx 3 weeks ago when I was enquiring for a customer who wanted eight. She also wanted to know if there was a way to link the motors to enable one charging, or one mains point. I was also told that it was not possible.
                    Marian
                    Interiors, Made by Marian

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                    • #11
                      Re: motorised roman blinds

                      Thank you Pen and Marian for the advice on lining the blinds and Peter for the suggestions for holding the batteries in place. If they fell off the headrails on the top windows in my client's house, they would probably kill someone! They certainly need to be trickle-charged as access without a long ladder and a head for heights won't be possible.

                      best wishes
                      Liz

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                      • #12
                        Re: motorised roman blinds

                        Originally posted by mazripper View Post
                        Thank you Peter, that is a good idea about the ties. You say you have new Li-ion batteries, have these changed since I bought them in late August? Would they last longer between charging?

                        I was given the information about the solar panels approx 3 weeks ago when I was enquiring for a customer who wanted eight. She also wanted to know if there was a way to link the motors to enable one charging, or one mains point. I was also told that it was not possible.
                        Thanks Maz - yes these are new bigger more powerful (and expensive unfortunately) battery tubes! What you have been told re the solar panels is correct, you will need one for every blind. We will continue to develop the idea and hopefully be able to meet your suggestion at some point!!
                        Peter Ford ¦ Decorquip

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