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Offline Kristopher

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Motorizing Blinds for as Cheap as Possible (@shady, et al)
« on: August 31, 2011, 08:43:43 pm »

I just moved into a new condo and I am very cheap.  I want to motorize some of my blinds, but I'd rather not spend hundreds of dollars per blind to do it.  Also, I only really care about tilt control.  My blinds are 2" wood, 29" x 48" (and one big one 86" x 48").

It seems to me that tubular motors are dirt cheap on ebay and Alibaba.  That being said, what specs should I be looking for in a motor?  Can I put more than one motor on a controller or do they only make single controllers?  I'd prefer z-wave, but I am also looking into building some XBee controllers since that seems like it would be 1/3 the cost if not less. 

Also - I couldn't find anything regarding vertical blind treatments.  Is there a preferred mechanism to open/close (not just tilt)?