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Offline Aaron

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Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« on: February 04, 2016, 12:55:58 am »
I'm looking at getting 16 cellular shades - 9 in one room and 7 in another.

If you have these, or have done comparisons I'm interested in your feedback / experience.

Control-ability?  (start/stop locations, presets, synchronizing multiples in same room, etc)
Noise level?
What works well with Vera?

etc.

thank you for the help!


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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2016, 01:12:18 pm »
QMotion motorizes cellular shades, if you can wait a little, they have Z-Wave native in the works

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2016, 04:37:39 pm »
QMotion motorizes cellular shades, if you can wait a little, they have Z-Wave native in the works

I can wait but price is a huge factor. Legrand (who owns Qmotion) has always been the high-price leader (with average quality IMO) of sorts and Gen1 products are often still working out serious bugs (or lack features) ... so I have some early concerns that I realize may not be an issue but I'm not sure I want to be a 'beta tester' ;-) unless the prices are VERY favorable.

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2016, 07:51:31 am »
Legrand has owned QMotion for less than 2 months, so not a factor
Features wise, QMotion is one of the most innovative motorization solution but they only sell through dealers and price is on high side (probably why Legrand bought them?)

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2016, 10:06:29 pm »
Has no one compared Lutron with Somfy ?

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2016, 10:03:43 pm »
Well, I'm going to post this here.  Through May 5th, Lutron Serena shades are on sale direct through their website, www.serenashades.com.  Orders of 3 or less shades are 20% off and free shipping  with coupon code Smartshades20.  Orders of 4 or more are 25% off with free shipping with a different code- Smartshades25.    This is the best deal I have seen for these in the last year.   I hope someone finds this helpful.  I used the code and got f4 shades for the price of 3.  The shipping would have been 60$, so I saved that as well. 


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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2016, 10:49:32 am »
I looked at the Serena Shades but found them to be much too bulky, specifically the bottom rail was 1 1/2" deep, even for a 3/8 cellular. Did you find out anything different? They would be my preferred units, but for this issue.

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2016, 06:53:51 pm »
I looked at the Serena Shades but found them to be much too bulky, specifically the bottom rail was 1 1/2" deep, even for a 3/8 cellular. Did you find out anything different? They would be my preferred units, but for this issue.

Here is what I can say about it.... I have had 1 battery version shade for a little over one year.  It has been paired with a staples hub, set to open about 80% at sunrise and close at sunset.  It is in a location I can only access by a ladder, with great difficulty.  It has operated without problem since the start.  I am very thankful for that.

As I look up at it now, the bottom rail does appear to be larger than other cellular shades I have. 

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2016, 07:06:55 pm »
That's the problem, I have them running in a vertical track (actually 2 corner moldings) to guide them around the handle of the window and to do a better job of keeping air circulation away from the windows. If the bottom rail is that large the track has to be that much wider and then stick out from the window that much further. A design characteristic that does not appeal to my wife. So my search for motorized cellular shades goes on.

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2016, 11:53:54 pm »
That's the problem, I have them running in a vertical track (actually 2 corner moldings) to guide them around the handle of the window and to do a better job of keeping air circulation away from the windows. If the bottom rail is that large the track has to be that much wider and then stick out from the window that much further. A design characteristic that does not appeal to my wife. So my search for motorized cellular shades goes on.
Interested to see how you did this... Can you please post a pic?

I've been thinking about putting in some sort of plastic track for whatever I get.

These prices look pretty good with the sale

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2016, 08:25:40 am »
Aaron, I'm leaving this morning for a week. when I get back I'll post the pictures for you.

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2016, 06:30:18 pm »
I'm going to call Lutron and ask about the size. I just priced 6 shades (4 different sizes) and they came to $350 each after discount for the light blocking cellulars. Seems like a good deal.

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2016, 12:50:28 pm »
Still looking for input.. can't decide.

Lutron vs Shades that integrate Somfy motors + Somfy ZRTSI RTS 16 Channel Z-Wave to RTS Plug-in Interface Wall Module  (the manufacturer doesnt offer the Zwave motor version).

With the Lutron...
Can you save one or more presets for open/closed height on the remotes?
Are you just create different scenes in the Vera for different heights?

<I'm wondering the same on the Somfy>


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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2016, 07:10:27 pm »
What is your time line on the decision?  I have 4 lutron Serena on order.   Don't expect them to arrive before the end of the month.   I can try to assist you when the arrive and I get a chance to install.

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Re: Somfy vs Lutron Serena?
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2016, 09:36:29 am »
Serena on Sale again through June 7th.

20% off your order of shades + free shipping, doesn't apply to the hub or light switches. 

From the website pop-up:

"SUMMERVACA coupon code expires end of day 6/7/16. 20% discounts do not apply to the Smart Bridge required for mobile control, Smart Bridge Kits or Caseta Wireless Light controls. Offers cannot be combined or applied to previously purchased product and are valid on Direct Consumer orders placed on SerenaShades.com only. Free Shipping offered on orders shipping to the 50 U.S. states. Shade Specialists are available seven days a week (M-F 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST, S-S 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)."



If my prior order arrives in time for me to test it out, I will post answers to some of the questions here as best as I can.