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ELECTRIC Roman Shades OVERVIEW

  
 
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Like Roller Shades, electric roman shades uses a motor that is inserted into a tube at the top of the shade. Once motor is rotating it pull a set of strings that raise and lower the shade.

Roman shades are available in different fabrics, deign and style. And with new tubular motor technologies
are now operated by quiet motors that are made for much larger shades.

in addition these motors offer many control options such as Wireless RTS, iPhone & iPad, home automation system via RS485 and Z-Wave systems.
 

Motorized shades are powered by High Voltage, low voltage or battery operated motors. Each system has its
advantages and differ by the amount of  wiring needed, the maintenance and price.

Call for an in home consultation to learn which system is best for your home.


 

 
   
ONE PRICE INCLUDES  
DESIGN    
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The design phase would normally begin with a meeting in the apartment, office or the space where electric roman shades are needed. First we choose roman style (Flat Roman, Tier Drop, London Shade etc.) and fabric. Based on that we match the appropriate motor.

Motorized Roman Shades can be controlled via remote control, a wall switch, iPhone app or a 3rd party system. They can also be integrated with the same control type as other electric shades or curtain tracks in the house.

     
ELECTRIC WORK AND PATCHING    
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Our in-house electrician will wire each room based on the system selected above. For high voltage system an outlet or an electrical box is required at the top of each window about 5" down from he ceiling. In most cases each room will be wired individually. For systems with multiple shades a central location is chosen and wires will be home run from each room in the house to that location. (most common in gut-renovations)
New controls from Lutron and Somfy offer wireless switches that do not need any wiring.

     
INSTALLATION    
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Installing electric roman shades require more skill and wight lifting since shades are heavier and motors have special adapters, adjastable brackets and wires that needed to be accounted for.  In many cased installation of electric roman shades requires drilling into a concrete slab ceiling however with the right equipment it becomes an easy task for our installers. Certain types of sheer and linen fabrics would required a final stage of steaming.

 

     
PROGRAMMING    
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Once roman shades are hanged, adjustment are needed to make sure they open and close and stop at the right place. This is done via programming. This process also includes grouping the shades to be controlled by a single remote. There are unlimited number of ways to group electric shades and each home owner can choose his own way.

In a house with a home automation system, a connection (between the systems) will be made via RS 485, RS 232 or Dry contact. Each command sent by the home automation will be translated via an interface to operate the shades.

     
 

Somfy RTS® Electric Roman Shades

 

Somfy offers a wide range of systems to automate Roman Shades. With
4 major types of systems: Wired Technology, Infrared Technology, RTS Radio Technology Somfy and Inteligent Wired Technology.

Each system varies in the way each shade gets powered and in the way it is controlled.
In the past most systems were High Voltage 110V AC systems, however in recent years there is a move towards Low Voltage 24V DC systems that will eliminate the need for wiring by a certified electrician. In addition low voltage systems such as the  Sonesse™ 50,  Sonesse™ 40 and Sonesse™ 30 all feature quiet motor operation at a level of 44 dBA from 3 feet away (1 m). For smaller applications a Battery Operated LT30 Motor can be used.
With the advantage of eliminating wiring comes the burden of replacing batteries every 1-2 years.

Wired Technlogy, the oldest and arguably traditionally most reliable where each shade would have an AC motor wired to a Decorator IGC Switch. The switch will be hardwired and will power the shade sending a signal for up or down movement. For multiple shades installed in a single room and IGC/3N Decorator Switch will act as a group control to operate all shades as one. Integration with a third-party system would be done via a contact clusure componenet, see integration bellow.

Infrared Technology came later to accomodate using a remote control to operate each shade.
This technology uses a "Point and Shoot" operation where an infrared reciever eye would be attached to each shade and a Single or Eight Channel Transmitter would be used to control the shades. Infrared motors typically will be hardwired or connected to an Ifrared IGC switch. An Infrared IGC switch will act as an alternative way to control the shade as well as eliminate the need for an Infrared reciever eye which is part of the switch.

Radio Technology Somfy which is the current standard uses Wireless Radio Frequency waves(RF) for control. With this technology each shade powered via hardwiring and control is done with a RTS Telis Hand-held Transmitter or a DecoFlex Wireless Wall Switch. There is no more need to wire between the shade and the switch. And controlling the shade is made easier with more reliable RF waves that eliminates the need for "Point and Shoot".
RTS has opened the door for more easier third-party integration via a Universal RTS wireless interface see more about integration bellow.

Intelligent Wired Technology, the newest in the market offers easier integration options with home automation systems that uses Z-Wave or ZigBee technologies to control each shade via computerized software

Somfy motors are inserted into a 1.5" / 2" / 2.5" Roman Shade Tube depending on the shade size and fabric weight. Bigger shades and heavier fabrics requires a bigger motor with a larger Torque (Lifting capabilities) value. Roman shades are superior to roller shades in their capability to block most of the daylight comming from the window.


Controlling electric Roman Shades can be done via wall a switch, a hand-heald transmitter, a timer, a sun sensor, a group control and a third party home automation system.

Choosing the right controls depends on the number of shades in the system, weather an Infrared
or RTS system is used, the budget of for the project and if a third-party system is added to create a full home automation system. Sometimes its just about the design aspect since after all a hand-held transmitter is the actual interfact between you and the system.

All the types of controls can accomodate the 4 technologies mentioned above, a Decorator Switch may be available for a wired System but an IGC Ifrared switch will respond to a IRT803 8 Channel Infrared hand-held transmitter. A DecoFlex switch is fully RTS competible
and requires no wires for installation. It is powered by a battery that requires changing every 2 years (depending on use). A new DecoFlex Tabletop is out on the market with a new design.

Telis hand-held remote transmitters are the standard for RTS technology and with time the design has imporved from the old Telis to a newer Telis Pure and Telis Lounge (see above). The first versions were able to conrol 1-5 groups of shades but now there is a new Telis 16 to control up to 16 groups of shades.

Impresario Chronis and Chronis Comfort are 2 timer based remote transmitters using RTS technology to control rasing and lowering the shades at a desired time of day.
When going to sleep at night the shades are lowered. In the morning at a desired time (not too early) the shades are raised to let the sun in and help to wake up.

Sunis Sun Sensor may be used to schedule operating the shades based on the weather and the amount of sun. On a clowdy day shades will be raised to let more light into the reoom and on a sunny day a SheerWeave Solar Screen shade will be lowerd to protect the furniture and eliminate glare.

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Lutron Sivoia® QED®/QS®/QS Wireless® Roman Shades

 

Lutron Sivoia QED, Sivoia QS and QS Wireless shades are installed on 1.25" to 3.75" tubes. For most residential application roller 64 ™ or roller 100 ™ are sufficient. An option to group 2 or 3 shades together using a single electronic drive unit (EDU) is available. It is called 2-on-1 headrail system or 3-on-1 headrail system. Using this configuration creates cost saving but allows for less control (coupled shades will go up and down as one unit).

Lutron electric roman shades are available in the following styles:

Flat Style: A simple, more casual pleat structure with no seams or horizontal stitching
Casual Style:A softer, draped approach to Roman shade pleats; ideal for large scale or scenic fabric patterns
Knife Style: A clean, modern, formal pleat design that works well with most patterns
Edge Binding: An option that involves wrapping the ends of a woven wood shade in twill or fabric to protect the delicate grasses and reeds from fraying while adding a decorative flair.

Lutron carries a selected gallery collection of new and invigorated offering containing over 1500 of cutting edge materials from around the world. In addtion customers may bring their own material. (COM)

Lutron Sivoia QED (Quiet Electronic Drive) and Sivoia QS are quiet low voltage  systems. Lutron electronic drive unit (EDU) operates at near-silent noise level only  38dBA at 3ft/1m away. Each EDU can be configured and reprogrammed at the point of control without any rewiring, without access to the EDU, and without the use of a group controller. Any group of shades will adjust itself to move in perfect alignment with the each other.

QED is an infrared based system while QS uses RF (Radio Frequency) signals. All types of roller systems mentioned above can be either QED controlled or QS controlled. A new version of QS that was rolled out in 2010 offers a wireless controlled QS system with a new wireless Pico™ control that can be used as a handheld remote, wall mount, or on a tabletop.

Transforming current to 24V AC is done via an individual transformer or a power panel. To eliminate the amount of wiring and in small applications a plug-in transformer (like an SV-50SF-PI or SV-100SF-PI) is used. As an alternative an SV-100SF-JBOX transformer can be used connecting it directly to a JBOX.

In bigger applications with multiple shades, a power panel solution is superior. All the shades are wired directly to a power panel with low voltage wiring. And only the power panel needs to be hardwired by an electrician.
 
Controlling multiple Sivoia QED and QS shades can be done in the following ways:

- An IR hand held remote or RF wireless Pico™
- SeeTouch Keypad (wall switch)
- HomeWorks and RadioRA 2  controls
- 3rd Party home automation system via RS232
- Contact closure interface.

SV-IR-WH Infrared Receiver (Infrared eye) is connected to an EDU to enable controlling the shade via an Infrared remote control such as the SVIT-WH or SVIT-SH-WH. To enable QS Wireless to work with Pico® wireless control an RF receiver is connected to a QS EDU instead.

SeeTouch keypads are wired directly to each EDU however wiring can be daisy-chained and do not need to require a home-run wiring. Keypads function typically to raise lower or control preset positions of a shade. They also act as group controls. Each keypad can operate virtually unlimited number of shades as one or up to 4 individual groups. Keypad design is available in a Designer (insert), Architectural (insert)
and Architectural (non-insert) styles. Lutron controls are also available with custom engraving options.

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