How to retrofit and motorise your existing roller blinds with battery powered blind motors by DIY

Welcome to the world of smart blinds! Have you ever wondered how convenient it would be to automate the opening and closing of your blinds with just a touch of a button or a simple voice command? Well, now you can! With the advancement of technology, motorising your existing roller blinds has never been easier. In this article, we will guide you through the process of retrofitting and motorising your blinds with battery powered blind motors, allowing you to upgrade your home with motorised blinds at an affordable cost.

The Benefits of Motorised Roller Blinds

Before we dive into the details of how to motorise your existing roller blinds, let's first explore the benefits of having motorised blinds in your home. Convenience is the key advantage of motorised blinds. With just a push of a button on a remote control or through an app on your smartphone, you can effortlessly open and close your blinds, saving you time and effort. Imagine waking up in the morning and being able to open all your blinds with one command or effortlessly closing them at night for privacy. It's these little conveniences that make a big difference in our daily lives.

Battery powered blind motors offer even more convenience as they eliminate the need for electrical wiring and hardwiring your blinds. This means that anyone, whether you're a DIY enthusiast or not, can easily install and motorise their blinds without the hassle and cost of hiring a professional. Plus, battery powered blind motors are portable, allowing you to move your motorised blinds from one room to another or even take them with you when you move houses.

The Convenience of Motorising Your Blinds

By motorising your existing roller blinds, you're not only upgrading your home with a modern and convenient window treatment, but you're also stepping into the world of home automation. With the ability to control your blinds remotely or through a smart home hub, you have full control over the natural light that enters your space. Whether you want to create a cozy ambiance with closed blinds or let the sunlight flood in through open blinds, it's all just a few taps or voice commands away.

Another advantage of motorised blinds is their compatibility with different fabric types. Traditional blinds use cords or chains to operate, which can be a safety hazard, especially in homes with children or pets. By upgrading to motorised blinds, you eliminate the risk of entanglement and create a safer environment for your loved ones.

Making Your Home Smarter With Motorised Roller Blinds

Nowadays, a smart home is not complete without motorised blinds. With the integration of voice assistants such as Alexa or Google Assistant, you can control your blinds with simple voice commands. Whether you want to open and close your blinds, adjust the tilt of the slats, or set schedules for automatic opening and closing, it's all possible with motorised roller blinds and a compatible smart home system.

If you're concerned about the appearance of the motor on your blinds, don't worry. Li-ion rechargeable battery powered motorised roller blind kits are designed to be discreet and blend seamlessly with your existing roller blinds. The motor is usually hidden inside of the aluminium blind tube, ensuring that the beauty of your window treatments remains intact.

The DIY Guide to Motorising Your Existing Roller Blinds

Now that you understand the benefits, let's get into the nitty-gritty of how to retroofit and motorise your existing roller blinds. First, you will need a motor kit specifically designed for retrofitting existing blinds. These kits usually come with a tubular blinds motor which has a built in rechargeable battery, a remote control, and a charging cable. Some advanced kits Like a Hub you might need to offer integration with smart home systems such as Alexa or Google Assistant, allowing you to control your blinds with voice commands.

To choose the retrofitting battery powered blinds motor kit, there are several facts that have to look at firstly. It's very important.

1, The sizes of your existing roller blinds might affect your blind motors choice, you first need to check if your blinds widths are smaller than the lengths of the blind motors themselves, and if the weights of the blinds are too heavyweight and the rated torque of the blind motors are not powerful enough.

2, As you know, motorised roller blinds use the blind motors as drive force, You need to check if you can get the correct drive wheel adaptors and crown for your existing roller blinds, to do so, you need to remove the roller blind from your brackets and remove either the idler end or chain control unit ( side winder ), measure inside diameter and outside diameter of the blind tube, check or take photos of the interior profile layout of aluminium tube. Please note: some blind manufacturers may use different blind tubes for different sizes of roller blinds, in this case, you need to check both the smallest and largest roller blinds, to see if they are different. If you are still not sure about that, we are here to help, you can email us and send us the photos and your measurements of ID and OD of the tube.

3, Different blind manufacturers may use different kinds of brackets to mount the roller blinds, the idler end bracket doesn't matter, you need to check the bracket for the chain control unit ( sidewinder ) to see if it can be fitted into the slot of the limit head of the blind motor, sometimes the limit head adaptor might be needed.

4, For very small and narrow blinds, you might need our iSW25CE/L 12V DC blind motors, in this case, you might need our DC1276 12V Rechargeable Battery Wand as well. For very high position roller blinds, you might need our DC1288H indoor solar charge panel to charge the Li-ion rechargeable powered motors.

5, If you need the motorised roller blinds to be smart blinds, then you will need some Hub, we have DD7002B wifi bridge, DD7006 P Box and DD1554 mini bridge which can let you use the App to control the blinds, compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, or even compatible with some 3rd party Home Automation systems such as Control 4, Elan, Crestron Etc.

After considering all of the factors above, we can decide the motorised retrofitting kits now, and next step of installation would be pretty easy. 
Most battery powered blind motors come with rechargeable batteries, so you'll need to charge them before use. Simply connect the charging cable to the motor and plug it into a power source. Once the battery is fully charged, disconnect the cable. Next, reassemble your roller blinds now, you just need to pull out the chain control unit ( sidewinder ), insert the tubular motor into the tube and click the blind back into your existing brackets, then you can program the motor following the instruction, all done, just that simple.

In Conclusion

Motorising your existing roller blinds has never been easier with battery powered blind motors. By following a simple DIY guide, you can upgrade your home with motorised blinds and enjoy the convenience of automated window treatments. Whether you're a tech-savvy DIY enthusiast or a homeowner looking for an affordable home automation solution, motorising your blinds is a worthwhile investment that will enhance your daily life. So why wait? Start your journey to a smarter home today!

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Posted: Sat 02 Sep 2023


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