How easy it is to install motorized Shade?
Some of them are fairly easy to install. I can install a 14 ft wide Crestron motorized shade in 30 minutes. Some are a bit complicated to install. As you may consider getting it installed by a professional installer – we will skip all the details about install part.
Can you integrate them with automation system?
Yes, major brands are mostly compatible with the automation system. If you want to know exactly which model works with which automation system, you may need to do further research by calling the relevant company or you may contact us.
Crestron® motorized shades works with Crestron Home™ natively. I like the Crestron native automation feature as all the headache of integration is gone.
Somfy® is compatible with Crestron® control systems.
Lutron® integrates seamlessly with Crestron Home™ specifically, RA2
Hunter Douglas PowerView® automation allows integration with Crestron® control system.
How do you operate them? Remote, Keypad, Touch screen, Smart phone or tablet?
When you integrate with Crestron, you have the option to operate it using Remote, Keypad, Touch screen or smart phone app.
What is the maximum width you can order?
Crestron motorized shades are up to 180″ inch wide. They can be coupled together for desired extension.
Lutron shades are up to 108″ inch wide.
Somfy shades are up to 120″ inch wide.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the width infomation for Hunter Douglas motorized shade.
It should be noted that, these are the information available through their websites. If you want to know the exact size for the model you are considering, I suggest you contact them directly.
For rest of the article I will be focusing on Crestron motorized shade. You may wonder why?
Here are the reasonings:
Consider you are moving into a new home or building a new home or condo. You have plans to make your home a complete smart home in the near future. Meaning you would like to add audio, video, conferencing, climate control, doorlock, video doorbell, security. You have budget only for Security system and motorized shade this year. You will add audio and video next, and then continue adding the next item.
So let’s start with the motorized shade automation. What you will need to do that?
You will need a Control system
Yo will need motorized shades for your windows and some door.
You need to do some wiring if the home is not finished already.
What is a control system?
A control system is an optimized mini-computer to do routine task on your behalf in an automated or pre-assigned manner. It also has some sort of smaller scale AI built-in.
So how do you select the best Control system for your home or office?
For control system the choices are a bit easier for me as I have been programming control system since 1999, just over 21 years. Before that I was a computer programmer for 8 years. I have been programming since 1992. If you are new to this, it’s kind of a very confusing subject as everyone is trying to control everything, no authority to standardize anything. There are different platforms, its so complicated that now there are IFTTT® to make one system talk to the other systems – it’s whole lot of a complex discussion for another day.
So how do you go about it? Well, I will try to make it easier for you. George Feldstein, an Electrical engineer in 1971 found a Control system company called Crestron Electronics. From a one person company today Crestron is a $2 billion USD privately held multinational corporation.
Question is, if a company is in business for 50 years making the Control system and related sub-items, from 1 employee to 5000 employess, would you trust them? Well, my opinion is, if a company is privately held for a decade or more, they automatically earns public trust. Without public trust can a company grow big?
As I have been programming Crestron for over 21 years, you can say I am a bit biased. Aren’t we all biased about something when it works for us?
As Crestron control system now makes everything required for residential and commercial automation, my vote is now more inclined to them. In the old days when Crestron used to make only Control system, I remember spending all night on the job site integrating drivers for 3rd party devices. I was working on the UOIT programming, next day was the opening ceremony of the university in 2002.
Why am I talking about Crestron? Because, today Crestron makes everything you need for your home, office, school or any space you can imagine. The benefit you get from using Crestron is, you or your programmer doesn’t need to spend time integrating 3rd party drivers for your system. If one of the driver is outdated, you know what is going to happen to you right?
How about, Saturday night you have invited your family and friends for a movie night. 15 minutes into the movie, your audio system fails. You call your system integrator, he/she being very kind checks into your system remotely on a Saturday night to discover one of the 3rd party device is not responding. This happened due to auto update of the driver. What do you do now?
Haven’t we all faced similar situation in our life at some point?
So my suggestion is to go with an automation company who makes it all. Be it Crestron or someone else. Benefits? No compatibility issues, no integration headache, chance of failure is less than 1%. If you used 10 manufacturers items to build one system, even at 1% failure rate it becomes 10% probability to fail.
If you select Crestron as your control system, next year you can add audio and video, and keep adding to it. Nothing to worry about compatibility, everything built-in to work natively. After initial setup, you can do all the setup by yourself uing Crestron Home. I hope now you know, why I was talking about Crestron.
Are they wired or wireless?
Crestron motorized shades are wired and wireless. They are powered by low voltage AC or battery powered.
Lutron motorized shades are wired and wireless.
What is the warranty period? What is covered in the warranty?
Crestron guarantees the materials, workmanship, and operation of its mounting hardware, shade fabric, and QMT® shade motors. Details can be found here