Author Topic: Are there z-wave motors for plastic-chain rollup blinds to motorize them?  (Read 3582 times)

Offline Caffreyboy

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Does anyone know if there are battery-driven (preferably) z-wave motors for plastic-chain roll-up blinds to motorize them?

Perhaps they mount on the door or window, and a sprocket engages the daisy chain to raise or lower the blinds.

Thanks!

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I work in the motorized window covering world and I don't know of any battery motors that could be made to work with z-wave.  You could hack a Somfy battery motor, bypassing their radio receiver and wire the motor leads and batteries to a DBMZ Z-Wave low voltage shade controller from ASIHome.  But I'm not sure that would work and the batteries may not last very long. If you can, find a way to get low voltage wire to the shade (16G), as batteries are a PITA.

Right now the best solutions for Z-Wave roller shades are the Somfy ILT Motor (AC) and the ST-30 RS485 Motor (24VDC), both which require the addition of a Somfy Z-Wave Receiver.  You should measure the inside diameter of your roller shade tube to see what could fit inside.  Whose shades are they?
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They are generic roll-up shades, and unfortunately I don't recall the vendor.

I am looking into a somfy set up as you mentioned.

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The thing with tubular motors is that they need adapters to either fit and lock to the tube profile as they are inserted into the tube, and/or the drive adapters are screwed to the tube.  This is why your tube inside diameter and profile are important to sizing a motor and adapter combo. 

The battery motors currently work with Somfy RTS Radio and there is already a plug-in for the Univeral RTS Interface for Vera via a serial to USB cable.  But keep in mind that this is a one-way communication and won't report status and confirm movement like Z-Wave.

Look at your clutch on the manual shades to see if they are Rollease or some other known company that Somfy may already have an adapter for. 

The Somfy ST-30 is the most quiet option, but could be the most expensive considering Motor/Z-Wave Box/Power Supply.  The ILT is the next quietest motor, but it is AC and would require a larger tube/box on the window/etc, but saves some money because you don't need the Power Supply like with the ST-30.  Then there is the Somfy Standard Motor used with an ESI ABMHZ or Lagotek AC1-ZW external controller which can be ordered quiet, but you'll have to find a place for the external motor controller (homerun wires back to central area or fit the control box in the shade valance, etc).

http://www.lagotek.com/blindspdf/AC1-ZW%20Cut%20Sheet.pdf
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