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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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21
Jun

STRONG Roller Blinds - Installing a NEWBLINDS Motor

If you have a STRONG Roller Blind and need to install a fresh NEWBLINDS relay or radio operated motor, the below video 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 NEWBLINDS 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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14
Apr

Can I Use Multiple Louvolite One Touch Home Hub Units to Control Blinds in Large Properties?

We discovered a neat feature of the Louvolite One Touch Home Hub system today. If you want to control electric blinds by App, Alexa, Control4 or Google Home in larger property, this is a great tip for you. First of all, let's re-cap, for those of you who aren't familiar with One Touch blinds or Louvolite's One Touch Home Hub. We offer battery operated roller blinds using Louvolite One Toucn Motors in our electric roller blinds section. These can be controlled by handset, or using a separate device called One Touch Home Hub - this nifty unit connects to your router and allows you to control the blinds from a clever mobile app. Not only this, but the hub can also be connected up with Alexa allowing voice control. Google Home and (for real smart home buffs) Control4 can also be connected. We received an enquiry from a customer who had already purchased a One Touch Home hub from our website along with multiple blinds. The hub was located at one end a larger property and the blinds were spread throughout the property in different rooms. 
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01
Apr

Save 10% this April with code

Now is a great time to save on blinds and fly screens at newblinds.co.uk as we begin our April sale. Many renovation and build projects will be running into their final furlong with their owners keen for them to be ready for the spring and summer months. So is there a better way to finish off your grand design than with a purchase from our range of electric blinds or manually operated window blinds. As lockdown eases, out-door socialising means our homes will be spilling out into our gardens and patios. As the days get warmer, the insects are starting to appear. Our fantastic range of fly screens for windows, doors and conservatories are the perfect way of keeping your home (or business premises) well ventilated, whilst keeping the flying pests out. You can enjoy insect-free cool, fresh air circulating around your home as those warmer months arrive. As we (hopefully) put the cold and wet days of winter behind us and the days get longer, we'll soon need those blackout blinds in our bedrooms to get an good night's sleep, unspoiled by the early-morning sun. Our range of loft blinds, both manually operated and solar powered operation are manufactured specifically for VELUX, FAKRO, DAKSTRA and RoofLITE branded skylight windows. To celebrate the start of Spring, during April, we are offering an extra 10% off our already famously low prices accross our full range of electric blinds, manually operated blinds, skylight blinds and fly screens
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24
Mar

Sonesse 30 RTS Li-ion - Programming Instructions

The Somfy Sonesse 30 RTS Li-ion rechargeable battery operated motor has a slightly different programming routine to motors with separate batteries and 230v motors. The key differences are as below: You can buy roller blinds using the Sonesse 30 RTS Li-ion motor, by clicking here. WAKE UP MOTOR: To "wake up" the motor, there is a small button on the head of the motor. Press this button briefly until the motor jogs once SLEEP MODE: It's really important that if you have multiple Somfy RTS (Radio) blinds, you only programme or re-programme one blind at a time. All other blinds should be powered down. This is simple with 230vAC Somfy Motors or battery operated motors with separate batteries, because you can either switch off the motor at the mains, or unplug the separate battery tube. With the Sonesse 30 RTS Li-ion motor (and other motors with Integrated Li-ion motors), you power down the motor as follows: Press and Hold EITHER the handset programme button (on the rear), or the motor programme button until the blind jogs once. Then... press and Hold UP, MY and DOWN buttons together until the blind jogs once. CLOSE PROGRAMMING: To close off programming mode, you press the programme button on the back of the remote briefly and the blind will jog. With other RTS motors, you need to press and hold the programme button until it jogs. The full step by step instructions for the Sonesse 30 RTS Li-ion motor are below:
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08
Mar

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. You can buy roller blinds using the Sonesse 30 RTS Li-ion motor, by clicking here.
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01
Feb

Fabulous February Savings - 10% EXTRA Off!

So, guys, we made it through January!  We're winning back a few more minutes of day-light each day; vaccination is in full swing. Hopefully, we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel in more ways than one!  Another reason to be positive (if you are spending your lock down weekends on DIY projects like me) is our FABULOUS February Sale.  By using discount code FEB10OFF, you can earn an extra 10% off our already low prices across our complete range of manually operated and electric blinds and flyscreens. So, thinking ahead to those brighter spring evenings and morning, how about blackout blinds to keep out sunlight. As the balmy summer months approach, you can to keep a cool breeze circulating in your home of conservatory without letting in an army of flying pests, with our fly screens. Or perhaps, your renovation project is reaching a conclusion this spring / summer. Let's make a saving on those automated blinds - a leading edge finishing touch! All you need to do is select your blinds, add them to the basket and enter the discount code FEB10OFF at checkout and an EXTRA 10% discount will be applied to your order! Happy Shopping, The newblinds.co.uk Team!
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01
Jan

January Sale 2021 - Spend More - Save More

Happy New Year! ....and welcome to another lock down :-( We are glad to report that, in comparison to April and May 2020, all of our suppliers have confirmed that they plan to remain open during the current lock down. Our factory remains operational with staff observing social distancing guidelines. And our customer support staff are working from home - providing support (between homeschool and child care commitments). Such is the world today but for hopefully only a few more weeks or months! So, to kick off the New Year, we'd like to introduce our latest promotional offer - SPEND MORE to SAVE MORE! Here's the deal...  Spend over £150 for FREE SHIPPING Spend over £250 and receive an EXTRA 5% discount Spend over £500 and receive ANOTHER 2.5% EXTRA discount Spend over £750 and receive ANOTHER 2.5% EXTRA discount Spend over £1000 and receive A FINAL 2.5% EXTRA discount
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23
Nov

Black Friday Event 2020

Our 2020 Black Friday Event starts 23rd November and will run all of the way through to midnight on "Cyber Monday" 30th November!  You can shop our full range of electric blinds and manually operated blinds and fly screens and save an EXTRA 15% on our already low prices. All you need to do to make this fabulous saving is enter the code BLACK2020 at checkout and the discount will be applied to your order. Remember this offer will run until end of day 30th November! Please note that this offer is only available for orders placed via our website and cannot be combined with any other discount coupons. Happy Shopping! Newblinds.co.uk Team
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23
Sep

AUTUMN SALE - Autumn10 DIscount Code

Summer is over. Sorry to say it folks! But it is :-( officially! However, as the leaves start to turn golden and fall from the trees and the shorter days and darker nights close in, we have something to brighten up your plans. We are offering an extra 10% off our already low prices accross our complete range of manually operated and electric blinds and fly screens So, thinking back to those hot summer months where you struggled to keep a cool breeze circulating in your home of conservatory without lettiing in  an army of flying pests, why not plan ahead for next summer and save on fly screens to protect your home and family. Or perhaps, you are looking a head to Christmas and having your redecorations completed in time for the festive break. Let's get you started with a saving on automated blinds or manual blinds! All you need to do is select your blinds, add them to the basket and enter the discount code autumn10 at checkout and an EXTRA 10% discount will be applied to your order! Happy Shopping, The newblinds.co.uk Team!
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