Our 230vAC mains powered roller blinds are radio operated and use SOMFY RTS motors, which are backed by a 5 year warranty. Motors come prepared with 2.5m of 2-core cable for 230v power supply
This is a mains powered, radio operated motor sourced by newblinds.co.uk as a low-cost alternative to big-brand motors. Although it is low cost, it is remarkably rich in features offering 6 intermediate stop positions in addition to an upper and lower limit. This motor can be controlled using a selection of handsets and wireless switches.
Blinds are manufactured using our premium SWIFTPRO roller blind system. Available to order online, there are a range of finishing touches including:
-Fabric Roll: from the window side of the tube or on the room side of the tube.
-Choice of Bottom Bar - including fabric covered, exposed circular aluminium in white, silver-grey or black.
-Choice of motor position - The motor sits inside the roller blind tube and can go on either side of the blind.
- Handsets, switches, timers - You can select from simple 1 and 4 channel handsets, a 1-channel wall switch with integrated timer, or a 6-channel handset with integrated timer. Having more than one channel allows you to control blinds or sets of blinds independently of each other. Each channel can control between 1 and 8 blinds simultaneously. Handsets and switches are cream in colour.
In addition to those options available on-line, we have the following options which are available via our estimates team:
For more information about these options - please contact our estimates team by filling out our project enquiry form.
Blinds up to (and including) 2400mm wide will be manufactured with a 43mm outside diameter tube. To prevent tube deflection and fabric sag, blinds above 2400mm wide will use our 56mm outside diameter tube. Please note that a blind using a 56mm roller tube will operate at a slightly faster speed than a blind using a 43mm tube.
Don't forget that you can order free samples of fabric, which will be sent by first class post
Blinds using SOMFY RTS motors can be integrated with many brands of smart home automation system, using a SOMFY RS485-RTS Interface which has 16 channels and is programmable using a RS485 setting tool
Alternatively, why not select Somfy's affordable Smart Home Solution TaHoma Switch - allowing app control and Alexa and Google Assistant integration
See our guide to measuring roller blinds (clicking this link opens a new window).
Remote roller blinds are simple to install. You can watch our video play list below or read our step by step instructions (clicking this link opens a new window)
The video instructions above show the installation of a roller blind incorporating a Louvolite open cassette, which is an optional finishing touch for our battery operated remote control blinds. The steps to programme a 230v Radio operated motor are identical. Factory re-set of the motor will differ from the video instructions and details of how to do this will be contained in the instructions that are provided with your motor.
Opaque is an excellent quality PVC/Fibreglass based blackout fabric. Fire retardant, completely wipe clean and moisture resistant, it is ideal for use in residential and commercial environments alike! Popular in kitchens and bathrooms, universities, student accommodation, and schools.
You can see instructions for measuring blinds at the link. Bear in mind that the widest point of a roller blind is the top - so pay particular attention to the width at the top of the recess. It's no problem for a roller blind to be too big on the drop as the excess fabric can simply remain on the tube.
So in terms of fitting the blinds themselves, you can refer to these electric blinds fitting instructions, which are specific to our SWIFTPRO system featured on this product page. You should also consider that there are a couple of other aspects to the correct installation of mains-powered and radio-operated blinds - namely, the power and cabling, the connection to power, and the configuration of the blind. These are covered in more detail in the remaining questions below.
Plugs are typically pre-fitted to portable appliances and devices (e.g. lamps, kettles, toasters etc.) which can be moved from place to place and therefore require a pre-fitted plug to allow them to be powered up. Whereas a blind, once installed, remains in situ and is not portable. For this reason, the power cable of the mains-powered electric blind motor that we supply does not come fitted with a plug and is not supplied with fuses.
For 230vAC radio-operated blinds, it is normal to connect the motor cable directly to a switched and fused spur supplying mains electricity. We have put together two guides below which outline what is required:
The rated current in the motors used in our mains-powered roller blinds is usually 0.5-0.6 Amp, and they have a power rating of between 90-130W. So a 3 amp fuse will be sufficient to protect the cabling and motor. Read more.
It's important to consider the installation of electric blinds in terms of the discrete processes involved:
Once you have installed and connected the blinds to your switched and fused mains spur, the blinds themselves will need programming. Programming is important because it sets hard limits at the top and bottom of the blind which prevent the blind from overrunning in either direction and possibly causing damage to the blind itself. Also, they allow the blinds to be operated at the "touch of a button" meaning you don't need to keep your finger on the directional (up or down) buttons on your handset or switch. Once correctly programmed, a single press of either button will be enough to take the blind to its next limit. It's also important to understand that you can only start pairing your blind with a smart home interface (such as the RS485 RTS Transmitter) or app control system (for example SOMFY TaHoma) once the blind has been successfully programmed. The steps you will need to follow to programme the blinds differ depending on the motor you are going to choose and instructions for both are below. If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be to follow them carefully ensuring you are completing each step before moving on to the next, and also keep other blinds powered down when you are working on a single-blind.
If you haven't been able to install a fused spur in the vicinity of your window, you can still attach a plug top to the end of the cable, meaning that the blind can be plugged into and powered from a nearby 3-pin plug socket. If you don't have a socket nearby, then, of course, you can run cabling to the nearest fused spur or 3-pin plug socket, but in this situation, you would either need to chisel out your plaster work so that you can lay the cable, or you can surface mount trunking to contain the cabling. This can be either a bit of a pain or quite unsightly. So if you do not have adequate power or cabling near to your window, then we would recommend checking out our battery powered roller blinds.
Short answer Yes. Long answer - be careful. With Somfy mains powered motors in particular (e.g. Sonesse 40 RTS), the antenna is contained in the first 30cm of motor cabling (i.e. the closest 30cm of power cable to the motor head). If you cut into the antenna, it can severely impair the operation of the motor and void the warranty. NEWBLINDS 230vAC Radio Operated Motor has a separate cable, so this can be trimmed within reason.
They certainly can! If you opt for Somfy branded radio-operated motors, then to operate by Alexa or Google Assistant, you will also need to buy a Somfy Tahoma Switch unit. The TaHoma switch provides control by mobile app and also integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to provide voice control. Tahoma is packed full of smart home features in its own right and compatible with any Somfy RTS enabled device along with 100s of supported devices from partner manufacturers. Please note that in order to pair a blind with TaHoma, it must first be fully programmed and paired with a Somfy handset. So if you are planning on using Tahoma, please do not forget to buy a handset as well!
As shown in the diagram below, our SWIFTPRO roller blinds use brackets that project 81mm and have a footprint of 61mm. These sizes include the bracket covers. They can either be top fixed or face fixed. There is a larger bracket available, but this is only necessary for blinds with a very large drop. You can see full details of the SWIFTPRO Roller Blind system by following the link to a full technical specification.
It's important to understand that if you are fitting within a recess, there will be a gap between the recess walls and where the fabric begins. First of all, if you provide "recess sizes", we make a deduction of around 4mm to reach "blind size". This is so that the blind can fit comfortably within the recess. For a roller blind, the blind size (for the width) is the width of the blind from the outside of left hand bracket to the outside of the right-hand bracket. Where your blind has bracket covers, these bracket covers will be included in this measurement.
The largest gap is at at the motor end of the blind (See M in the diagram below). Between the outside of the bracket and the fabric, you will find the bracket itself and the motor head - the majority of the motor is concealed within the tube of the roller blind.
And at the idle end (See I in the diagram below), there is the bracket itself and a collapsible pin which locates that end of the blind into the bracket.
So, from outside of the bracket (inc. cover) to fabric, the size of the resulting gaps are approximately as follows:
Remember that the gap at the idle end of the blind (I) is slightly flexible because the idle end pin is collapsible.
Child Safe By Design - Motorised Operation:
Electric Roller Blinds can be operated using an integrated motor. We call this ‘Child Safe by design’ as there are no looped cords or chains required to operate the blind.
About Child Safety
At newblinds.co.uk, child safety is of paramount importance. If left hanging freely, chains and cords from blinds can pose a direct threat to children. For this reason, we are working towards all of our products being cord-less or chain-free and therefore “safe by design”.
Where it is not yet feasible to supply a product that is “safe by design”, we ensure that the product is fully compliant with Child Safety legislation. Not only do we ensure that, where necessary, our products are supplied/fitted with child safety cleats/devices, but we also supply, free of charge, these items to our previous customers.
Click the link above to inform us of your requirements. To learn more about the BBSA ‘Make it Safe’ campaign and blind cord safety, you can watch the video below