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01
Jan

January Sale: Save 20% When You Spend Over £100!

Our 2022 January Sale is now on! Newblinds.co.uk is offering 20% off all blinds and fly screens - both manually operated and automated during the month of January! Simply use discount code JAN20OFF at checkout to grab that EXTRA 20% saving on your order, when you spend over £100! New Year -  New Blinds? Now that the Christmas and New Year celebrations are drawing to a close, we know it's a bit of a slog until Spring when the weather starts to improve. It's a time when many of us hibernate. Cold weather and dark nights with box sets on the TV. If you're like me, many of you will have also made a New Years resolution to get on top of those DIY jobs which you've been putting off, or which you ran out of time to polish off before Christmas! January is a great time to make those cost-effective tweaks but impactful improvements to lift your decor, and your mood!
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07
Dec

What are Perfect Fit Blinds?

Perfect Fit blinds are the revolutionary window blind for uPVC and aluminium windows, doors and conservatories. Manufactured by Louvolite, Perfect Fit blinds are so neat they become part of your window frames. Launched in 2005 they have now become Louvolite’s top seller. The blinds require no drilling as they clip directly onto the window. Once the clips are in place a frame is added which holds the blinds. The frames come in a range of colours including white, brown, anthracite grey, golden oak and mahogany to match your window frames & sills which gives the effect that it is part of the window. Fitting takes around 30 seconds and requires no expertise to fit. This makes perfect fit blinds great for people who don’t have a D.I.Y. enthusiast around the house, and also for those who do not wish to pay for a full survey and installation service from a local or national blind company. You can buy perfect fit blinds online from Newblinds.co.uk for easy self-installation!
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01
Dec

Pre-order Blinds & Flyscreens | Save 15% EXTRA | Code DEL22

Christmas is approaching quickly! The team at Newblinds.co.uk are working away like busy elves to manufacture blinds and fly screen orders for customers who have placed orders before our pre-Christmas delivery cut-offs. Many of our order deadlines for pre-Christmas delivery have now passed. For those of you who are happy to wait until the New Year to receive your blinds and fly screens, we are also running a kind of "Early January Sale" which we think will be of interest! So, here's the deal... PRE-ORDER NOW! DELIVERY IN THE NEW YEAR - SAVE AN EXTRA 15%! And here's the detail... If you are happy to receive your blinds in the New Year, then you can make an additional 15% saving, by entering discount code DEL22 at checkout. 
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01
Dec

Blinds Delivered Before Christmas

Dear Customer, Thanks for visiting Newblinds.co.uk. Since you are browsing our website during the run-up to the festive period, we imagine that you might be keen to receive your blinds in time for installation before Christmas. Our production team are working hard to make this possible. If you read on, below, we have listed the cut-off date (and time where appropriate) for each product, by which you must have placed your order for us to be able to fabricate it and deliver it by Christmas. We would recommend that you don't wait until the last minute to place your order, because as we approach the cut-off if there is a flurry of orders, we occasionally do have to close our books! In addition to the list below, you will see that on each product page, we detail the cut-off date for a blind in that particular fabric. SAVING TIP: Where this cut-off date has expired, we may replace this message with a cheeky discount code, to enable you to save extra by ordering now, for delivery in the new year! Also, you'll notice on our category pages, we've introduced a new filter called "Pre-XMAS Delivery". Select "yes" here and you will only see the products that are available for pre-Christmas delivery!
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29
Nov

STRONG Electric Roller Blinds - Installing a SOMFY Sonesse 40 Motor

If you have a STRONG Roller Blind and need to install a fresh SOMFY Sonesse 40 WT (Relay) or RTS (Radio) operated motor, this post will talk you through the parts involved and the process. You may need to carry out this process for the following reasons: You are upgrading from chain to motorised operation. You are switching from one motor type to another. You have received a replacement motor due to fault or damage. You may also wish to use these instructions as a guide to ensure that your existing SOMFY Sonesse 40 motor is correctly installed in the tube. We sometimes find that motors, or the motor collar or drive-wheel can become disengaged from the neck of the motor during installation or in transit. If the motor is not inserted correctly, this can lead to "wobble", vibration, or noise during operation. This video will explain the correct fitment, which should eliminate these issues.
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22
Nov

Blinds & Flyscreens - Black Friday Event Now On!!

Newblinds.co.uk Black Friday event starts today! Running all the way through until end-of-day (midnight) on Cyber Monday, 29th November, our fantastic pre-Christmas blow-out event offers 20% off any purchase over £100. What's more, if your order is over £149, we'll throw in free mainland UK shipping!  Simply enter code bf20 in the shopping cart and your 20% discount will be applied, where your basket value is over £100. Click here to start shopping Newblinds.co.uk Black Friday Deals!
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02
Nov

Disney, Star Wars & Marvel Roller Blinds

If you are looking for roller blinds featuring prints by Disney, Star Wars and Marvel, unfortunately, they have now been discontinued. Our fabric supplier, Louvolte, offered these prints under license for several years, allowing us to incorporate stunning designs featuring Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, Spiderman, Marvel Avengers, Toy Story and Storm Troopers across our range of blackout roller blinds, Perfect Fit Blinds and electric blinds. The were a firm favourite amongst our customers (and certain members of our customer services team!) We appreciate that this is disappointing for fans of Disney, Star Wars and Marvel. Will this be the last time that we see these fantastic characters adorn custom made window shading? Who knows! We certainly hope not! For those of you looking for prints suitable for nurseries, kids bedrooms and educational environments, watch this space. We have recently reviewed the new Louvolite fabric collection for 2022, and are pleased to report that they have some fabulous designs which we'll be rolling out into our roller blinds categories in time for their launch in January. Of course, all kids blinds will be made-to-measure, of the highest quality and available to buy online, delivered directly to your door. You'll be able to order free fabric samples, ahead of making your purchase.
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25
Oct

How do I set the limits on a relay operated electric blind

If you are planning on purchasing or have already purchased electric blinds with relay operated motors, then you'll need to understand how to set the upper and lower limits. The upper and lower limits are hard stops that prevent the blind from over-running in either direction and possibly causing damage to the blind itself. In this article, we will be considering how to set the limits on automated roller blinds using this type of motor. Connect the motor cable to the switch Our NEWBLINDS Relay Operated Motors have a 4-core cable. You will need a blind control that is capable of switching a 4-core cable. The colour-coding of the individual cores are as follows: Blue = Neutral Brown = Direction 1 Black = Direction 2 Yellow / Green = Earth Somfy Sonesse 40 WT motors do not have an earth cable, so only have 3-cores, but the colouring is otherwise the same.
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17
Oct

Why choose relay operated electric blinds?

Relay motors or Radio motors? In terms of blind control, there are two key types of blind motor, that make up the majority of the units sold in the UK and further afield: Radio operation (wireless): These can be battery operated, such as  the Sonesse 30 ULTRA RTS Li-ion used in our battery operated roller blinds. They can also be 230vAC llike the Sonesse 40 RTS used in our 230vAC radio operated roller blinds. 12vDC radio operation motors are also available. 230vAC relay operation (wired): for example the Somfy Sonesse 40 WT or NEWBLINDS Quiet Relay Operated motor, used in our 230vAC relay operated blinds The question is, when buying automated blinds, when should you consider using wired control by relay? When not to use relay operated blinds Firstly, let's rule out scenarios where relay operated blinds are not suitable: Wireless control by handsets or wall switches If you wish to control wirelessly, by handset or by wireless wall switch, then relay operated motors aren't for you. You can't control a relay operated blind wirelessly.
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11
Oct

What size fuse do I need for electric blinds?

If you are thinking about buying and installing electric blinds, then it is important to plan ahead to ensure you have the right power supply, connections and cabling in place to supply your blinds with power. One of the questions we are frequently asked by our customers is "what size of fuse do I need for electric blinds". The questions we are going to answer in this article are: What is a fuse and why is it important? Will my blind cable come fitted with a plug? What is the ampage of these motors? What size fuse should I choose for my electric blinds? I have more than one blind, do they need to be individually fused? Do I need to consider fuses for battery powered blinds? For the purposes of this article we will consider 230vAC radio operated roller blinds with Somfy Sonesse 40 RTS or Newblinds Radio motors, because these are connected directly to the mains power. When we talk about radio operated blinds we mean blinds controlled wirelessly by some form of radio controller - this might be a handset, wireless wall switch or a centrat hub system such as Somfy TaHoma or Louvolite One Touch Hub. 
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03
Aug

Somfy Sonesse 30 RTS - Changing Motor Speed

The Sonesse 30 motor is a low voltage electric blind motor by Somfy which is typically used for Roller Blinds but can also be used for Roman, Venetian and other types of shades. DC powered (low voltage) motors often offer a little bit more functionality to their AC (mains powered) counter-parts and one of the nice features of the Sonesse 30 RTS motor is that you can change the speed of the motor. AC motors like the Sonesse 40 RTS or WT typically come with set motor speeds that aren't adjustable. It's possible to adjust the speed of a Sonesse 30 RTS motor between 6 and 28 RPM. The following instructions will allow you to adjust the speed of your Sonesse 30 RTS motor.  With your motor powered up, follow the instructions below: 1) Select the channel on the handset, that the motor is programmed to. 2) On the handset press and hold "Up", "Down" and "My" buttons together  3) The motor will start to run up and down for 10 seconds 4) Pressing up will speed up the motor  5) Pressing down will slow the motor down 6) When you are happy with the speed of the motor, press and hold MY to record this as the new motor speed. I would always recommend powering down other blinds whilst you are doing this - especially blind motors that are programmed to the same channel as the motor you are adjusting. 
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27
Jul

Electric Roller Blind Motors - Thermal Trip

We are occasionally contacted by customers who are programming their electric roller blinds and during the programming process their blind stop responding. I thought it would be useful to write an article explaining why this is likely to be. Mains operated roller blinds have what is known as a "Thermal Trip" incorporated into them. Consider that once installed and configured, roller blinds motors are typically used only periodically in short burts (1 up or down cycle, lasting 1 minute, maybe). During the programming process, the blinds can be used quite intensively for a prolonged period of time. Each the motor is used, it generates a small amount of heat. If it is used intensively for longer periods, then this heat can build up within the motor and the aluminium roller blind tube. You might notice that the motor itself is too hot to touch. Or if the motor is inserted within the roller blind tube, that the roller blind tube is also warm. As a safety feature, the motor's thermal trip is designed to kick in conservatively to prevent the motor from overheating. Because the motor is housed in an aluminium tube, it can take a while to fully cool down. As an example, if you use your blind intensively for say 30 minutes during programming, you may find that it stops working because of the thermal trip. You may come back to it 30 minutes later, use it for a few mins and it may trip again after another period of intense usage/programming. This is because the motor hasn't had chance to cool down adequately. If this is the case, then I'd probably come back to it later in the day to give it chance to cool.
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