Motorized blinds and shades are a convenient option for any homeowner. Imagine not having to get out of bed to shut out the sun when you want to snooze on a Saturday. Still, you might be wondering just what makes those motorized batteries work — besides pure magic, of course. There are actually a number of effective options for powering motorized blinds. Let’s take a look at just what they are and the pros and cons of each type so that you can find the perfect power source for your needs.Battery powered motorized blinds are the simplest option. Rather than being connected to a string, motorized blinds have a tube installed up top that lifts the shade up.
The battery fits above that and connects to a motor for power. If you’re concerned about the look of your motorized blinds, batteries are the most elegant option, as their placement makes them unnoticeable. They are also easy to install and won’t take up outlet space. Batteries are an especially convenient option for windows that are in hard-to-reach or far away spaces that aren’t close to an outlet or where a wire wouldn’t be advisable (as in a wet area like a bathroom).Simple AA batteries can do the trick, though they’ll have to be replaced relatively frequently. Lithium batteries have a significantly longer life.
Still, there’s no doubt that the biggest downside when it comes to powering motorized blinds with batteries is replacing them.If replacing batteries sounds like a drag, then hardwiring your motorized blinds is the option for you. There are a number of different kinds of motors that can operate using different voltages, and of course, they must be able to reach a wall outlet. This is generally a less expensive option than batteries in terms of how much you’ll pay in energy costs.the installation on some of these units isn’t as easy as you’ll need an electrician to do the job for you, but it is well worth the investment. Other units are easier to install on your own. You’ll most likely need an electrician if you’d like to operate your blinds from a power distribution panel, which centralizes power control and distributes it to multiple blinds throughout your house.