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05
Oct

Extra Wide Battery Operated Blinds

As an automated blinds expert, I've been here many times before. Lovely big patio or bi-fold doors need lovely big blinds. You don't want to interupt the flow of the expanse of glass by introducing multiple blinds accross a single span. And of course, because it's newly refurbished with all smart tech elsewhere in the house - Alexa, Hive, Phillips Hue, the client would like electric blinds. Perfect, but for an expanse this wide you would need mains powered blinds, right?  It used to be a common issue that at the end of a refurb project, customers would look at their wide windows, consider blinds, and then realise after discussing with an blind automation expert that they hadn't planned in any mains power or cabling to the window recess. This used to be a real issue, which could only be over come by breaking down a span of say 3 metres width, to a couple of blinds. Or if that span was made up of multiple panes, then 3 x 1 metre wide windows. It always turned out fine in the end. Automated blinds, regardless of the configuration provide that "wow" factor to finish off any home refurbishment.  But now we have a motor available which solves this problem. The Somfy Sonesse 30 RTS Li-ion motor.
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03
Oct

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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05
Nov

Amazon Alexa: Controlling Blinds with Echo and Dot

This article was updated 5th November 2017 There has been an explosion of low cost home automation technology recently, as big and smaller players and new entrants hussle for position in what seems certain to be a serious growth market over the next few years. With all of these new brands and protocols now available, we are often asked if our electric blinds are compatible with the latest tech. Today, I took a live chat enquiry from a customer who is interested in controlling their blinds with Amazon Echo. As a titan of the ecommerce and technology world - you can't help but take Amazon seriously with this venture into home control, and artificial inteligence. It's a voice activated speaker-come-home-control hub which not only plays music from your favourite music apps, but integrates and controls other devices and services from the "Internet of Things" - Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado°, Uber to name a few.
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05
Jun

Wooden Blinds Next Day Delivery!

We are now offering wooden blinds next day! This next day delivery service is part of our continuing commitment to providing quality blinds, at affordable prices, with a convenient rapid delivery service! Today we have added three beautiful new colours to our existing range of wooden venetian blinds. These colours are: Chocolate, Walnut, White and Sugar Maple Chocolate - A tone of rich dark brown wooden blind that resembles chocolate. Walnut – Made from a brownish black walnut coloured wood. White –  Pure light painted coloured wood that gives a fresh and peaceful view. Sugar Maple -  A clear brown coloured sapwood with a very consistent grain.
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03
Jun

FAQ: Panel Blinds - How Many Panels Can I have on My Panel Blinds

People often ask how many panels our panel blinds have. As this is a custom made product, like all of our blinds, you have a choice. Your options depend on what type of panel blind you go for – One way stack or Centre Split.  Read on for a full explanation….
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02
Jun

Perfect Fit Roller Blinds from £57

Perfect Fit Roller Blinds are ideal for uPVC windows, doors and conservatories. They simply clip fit to your frame without any need for drilling or screwing. Newblinds.co.uk have launched a brand new selection of Perfect Fit Roller Blinds which are available at the most competitive prices on the web - from only £57. These blinds are of our usual outstanding quality and of course are custom made to your own measurements in 5 working days.  We have two new Perfect Fit Roller Blind ranges - Valeur and Caprica.
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02
Jun

Controlling Blinds with Samsung Smartthings

We're being asked rather a lot at the moment if it's possible to control our blinds using Smartthings by Samsung. Smartthings is a low(ish) cost home control system that is possible to configure yourself to control a number of compatible devices within the home. It is exclusively distributed through Amazon and Currys/PC World. It uses z-wave technology, but doesn't appear to support a great number of other products "out of the box". Therein lies the problem!
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30
Maj

Panel blinds as a stylish alternative to Vertical Blinds for large windows and as patio blinds

Today, I’m going to talk about an alternative to Vertical Blinds – stunning Panel Blinds! Do you have a large window overlooking a fantastic view? Do you have a patio door? Vertical blinds are a popular choice for covering large windows and patios because of the fact they can be drawn to one side so that so that large windows with views can be used as "picture windows" or so that people can walk in and out of patio doors. Vertical blinds remain ever popular as they are cost effective and come in a variety of fabric colours and types. However, they are not to everyone’s tastes!
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29
Maj

Electric Blinds Controlled By Your Smartphone

iPhone, ipad, smartphone and tablets are increasingly being used to control elements of our home – from audio-video equipment to central heating and security. As a result, we at NewBlinds.co.uk are increasingly being asked whether it’s possible to control our electric blinds using mobile apps? This article provides 4 different ways in which electric blinds can be controlled via mobile app. There is an option for every pocket and varying levels of sophistication are available including smart homes/AV system integration. First though, what are the benefits of controlling your blinds using a smart phone, ipad, ipod or tablet?
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27
Maj

Insect Screen Mesh Instructions

Insect Screen Mesh is available to buy online by the metre from NewBlinds.co.uk. It is ideal for use as replacement mesh for our framed window, sliding door or hinged door fly screens, or for use with your own frame profiles. Follow the links below to see the products mentioned above: Insect screen mesh Framed window fly screens Hinged Door fly screens Sliding insect screen doors
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24
Maj

New! Harrier Easy Fit Disposable Cubicle Curtains!

One of the latest additions to our product range are the new Harrier Easy Fit disposable cubicle curtains, an innovation aimed at slashing curtain replacement times by up to 80%, and therefore reducing costs. The key difference between standard disposable cubicle curtains with eyelets and the new Easy Fit disposable cubicle curtain, is the “Easy load glider” – which as you will see from the image below is a hanger that is built into the curtain and is used as an alternative to cubicle curtain hooks. The Easy load glider, loads directly into the Curtain Hook Removal point – which are now a standard feature of many cubicle tracking systems. The Movatrack system is a perfect example of this.
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23
Maj

What are Perfect Fit Blinds?

Perfect Fit blinds are the revolutionary new type of blind for uPVC 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 those who live in an area where NewBlinds.co.uk cannot come out and install your blinds.
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