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With several motorized shade manufacturers available, it’s great to have options but it can be confusing to know which is right for you or your project. Lutron, Somfy, BTX and Hunter Douglas are four of the top manufaturers in home automation when it comes to shades. We wouldn’t settle for anything less. We want you to be satisfied with your motorized shades and ensure you receive the best option. Here are the essential differences between each company: 

Lutron – Lutron has long been a leader in the light dimming industry commonly found in homes and commercial buildings. They are also an industry leader in quiet motor technology used to operate electric shades and blinds. Lutron manufactures motorized shades and controls, but does not sell its motors separately. With Lutron, you pay for what you get. The ultra quiet shade and motor combination comes with a more expensive pricetag. BTX – BTX is another leading provider of both shade systems and motorized drapery tracks. They also have the ability to highly customize projects for specific applications. The electrical components are basic and are easy to integrate with A/V systems such as touch panel displays and projector screens. Their motors are manufactured in Europe and have a reputation for reliability and easy installation, however the motors are not as quiet as Lutron’s. Somfy – Somfy is the leader in component suppliers to all the automation companies, including those mentioned above. Their technology is cutting edge and has been used in residential and commercial projects for many years. Somfy manufactures only motors and controls, but does not sell shades of any kind. Somfy systems involve purchasing different parts from different sources which allows any type or style of window shade from any fabricator to be motorized. This offers more flexibility but also opens system appearance and matching to more variance. To avoid an unfinished appearance, the dealer must ensure that the best quality, matching components (brackets, fascia, enclosures, screws etc) are used. Hunter Douglas – Known for their dominance in the window covering industry, Hunter Douglas also manufactures blinds and shades with motors installed. They carry products for both residential and commercial projects. However, because they can only motorize 1 to 4 in a room at a time, Hunter Douglas is better for residential product.  This company has excellent warranties and stands behind them.  


When it comes to complete customization for your home, Horizon Window Treatments exceeds standards because your satisfaction is priority. In addition to the manufacturer’s warranties, Horizon guarantees free service for one year on any product. If something happens to your automated shades Horizon will provide complimentary service for one year. – Fully guaranteed for 1 Year– One price includes fabrication, delivery and installation– Free in-home consultations– manufactured products by: Hunter Doulglass, Levelor, Graber.  Dealing with big manufacturers can be complicated and installation is not normally a standard part of warantees. The work Horizon does in your home is equally important to us as the product itself. With Horizon, your options are limitless. Your vision for your home can easily become a reality with an indefinite amount of colors and styles available. Let our trained staff of experts do the work for you, and enjoy watching your home turn into the space you’ve dreamed of.

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